Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

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Bruschetta is a favorite summer appetizer when fresh tomatoes and basil are plentiful. This simple Italian dish is all about fresh tomatoes and basil.

For great bruschetta make sure to use high-quality tomatoes and a good baguette. Rubbing the garlic on the bread provides a hint of garlic flavor without overpowering the tomatoes.

This Bruschetta recipe is designed as an appetizer for a cocktail party; it can easily be cut in half for smaller gatherings.


Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 40 servings


  • 10 large tomatoes, , diced
  • 1 cup shredded basil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil plus more for brushing the bread
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 baguettes
  • Maldon salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Core and dice the tomatoes and place them in a large mixing bowl. Shred the basil and add it to the tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and add Maldon salt and fresh cracked pepper. Let the tomatoes sit while preparing the baguette.
  • Slice the baguette on an angle into 1/4 inch thick pieces, brush with olive oil and place into a 350℉ oven until crusty, but not browned. This usually takes 5 minutes.
  • While the bread is in the oven peel the garlic cloves. Once the bread is toasted, remove it from the oven and rub immediately with a garlic clove.
  • Top the baguette slices with the tomato mixture and serve.


Do not let the assembled bruschetta sit for too long or the bread will become a soggy mess. If you don’t have Maldon salt available you can substitute another high-quality sea salt or kosher salt.
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