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How to make Italian Bruschetta

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Bruschetta is pronounced ‘brusketa’ in Italian. A lot of people think bruschetta is referring to the tomato topping but it’s actually referring to the toasted bread which is typically served with tomatoes or a variety of toppings like our Roasted Pepper Bruschetta.

Adding cheese to the toasts adds a little salty bite and makes them irresistible. You’ll want to munch on them before you even add the toppings.

Ingredients for Tomato Bruschetta:

Roma Tomatoes – firmer and less juicy than other varieties, these are ideal for bruschetta. Dicing with a food chopper makes the process quick and easy

  • Basil – for best results use fresh basil (not dried)
  • Garlic – add this to taste. We love plenty of garlic and use 4 cloves for the tomatoes and 1 clove for the toasts.
  • Balsamic vinegar – adds a rich layer of flavor
  • Extra virgin olive oil – using the best quality extra virgin will give you the best flavor
  • Salt and Pepper – this simple seasoning is all you need.

Pro-Tip: Drain off the excess juice from the tomatoes once they are diced. The flavors of your tomato topping will be better and more concentrated.

How to Chop Basil:

Basil is a delicate herb so be careful not to crush it. The best way for chopping basil is to Chiffonade– you want to chop it once and not go over it again with a knife as you would with parsley or the leaves will become bruised.

  1. Stack the basil leaves and gently roll them together into a tube
  2. Use a sharp knife for a clean cut through the basil leaves
  3. Chiffonade – or thinly slice the rolled basil into thin ribbons

How to Make Bruschetta Toasts:

This process couldn’t be simpler. Infusing the olive oil with minced garlic then topping them with a little parmesan is a simple way to turn these into the best tasting garlic parmesan bruschetta.

  1. Infuse oil with minced garlic and brush onto both sides of toasts.
  2. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake at 400˚F for 5 minutes then broil 1-2 minutes until golden.

How to Serve Bruschetta:

For this classic tomato bruschetta, we prepare the toasts on a platter and keep the tomato mixture in a separate bowl. This way, everyone can assemble their own bruschetta and the toasts will stay crisp under the tomatoes.

Biting through a crunchy toast topped with juicy tomatoes is a delicious mouthful.

Can I Freeze Bruschetta?

The tomato mixture is best enjoyed fresh and I would not recommend freezing it. Frozen tomatoes will become mealy and won’t look or taste vibrant after thawing.

The toasts could be made a day ahead and even frozen for longer storage. Before serving, thaw and re-crisp in the oven or air fryer.

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