Things that make bruschetta great…
1. It’s really easy to make
2. It consists of garlic, bread, and tomatoes.
Do we need any more reasons?
Tomatoes are in season and so is basil=happiness in the kitchen.
Over the years, I have found a few tricks and secretes for making flawless tasty bruschetta every time!
It starts with a nice baguette. It’s actually okay if it’s a little stale because you are going to toast it anyway!
Slice the bread on a nice angle so it’s a good size and will hold optimum amounts of tomatoes. Then drizzle the toasts with olive oil and bake at about 400 until nice and toasty. Lots of olive oil=toasty goodness.
Flip over half way through the baking to get it toasty on both sides!
Chop up a few tomatoes and half of an onion. Slice up about four basil leaves and mix it all together. Sprinkle on salt and let it sit while you finish up the bruschetta toasts.
Here is the best part. In order to get garlicky flavor into the bruschetta without it being overwhelming all you have to do is take a clove of garlic and rub it onto each toast. Garlic flavor is added to the toasts, and no chopping of garlic needed! YAY!
Ok, so I burnt the toasts a little. WHOOPS!
Top the toasts with the tomato mixture and that is it! Sometimes at parties I serve the tomatoes separately from the toasts, so they don’t get soggy!!
- half of a french baguette
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 4 basil leaves, sliced
- 1 half of onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves (whole)
- 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- 2. Slice baguette into 1/4 inch toasts and place on baking sheets. Drizzle them with olive oil and bake for 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway through, until both sides are toasted.
- 3. Combine chopped tomatoes, onion, basil, and salt.
- 4. When toasts have cooled, rub each toast with a whole garlic clove.
- 5. Top toasts with tomato mixture and serve!
- If serving at a party, serve the tomato mixture separately from the bread toasts and let the guests top their own!