How to Make Bruschetta

How to Make Bruschetta in the Most Yummilicious Ways

If you know the recipe to make a bruschetta, then you will not have to worry about appetizers or a compliment for a pasta. As a matter of fact, it can be eaten as a separate meal.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
A Bruschetta makes for a perfect appetizer or afternoon snack. It originates from an Italian term, which means "to roast over coals". Hence, the important part of this recipe is to toast the bread. Bread can be toasted either in a toaster, broiler, or even on a grill. Once you know the recipe you will understand that making this is easy and simple and it does not require a number of ingredients. You can make it from the normal ingredients available at home.

Making a Bruschetta

With Mozzarella

Ingredients
  • Italian Bread, (cut into slices of 1 inch thickness)
  • Tomatoes, (finely chopped) 2
  • Mozzarella Cheese, (grated) ¼ cup
  • Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tbsp.
  • Fresh Basil, (chopped) 1 tsp.
  • Fresh Parsley, (chopped) 2 tsp.
  • Sweet Onion, (chopped) 1 tbsp.
  • Fresh Oregano, (chopped) 1 tbsp.
Method
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Till the oven is heating, in a bowl mix tomatoes, olive oil, onion, oregano, parsley, and basil.
  • Arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet and place one spoon of tomato mixture on top of each slice, evenly.
  • Top it with grated cheese and place it in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • You will have to check the bottom of the bread slices to know if it is ready. The bottom of the slice should be brown in color.
  • Once it is done, let it rest for about 4 to 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Serve it warm.
With Fresh Tomatoes

Ingredients
  • Roma Tomatoes, (diced) 6
  • Green Bell Pepper, (chopped into small pieces) 2
  • Red Onion, (finely chopped) 1
  • Garlic, (minced) 6 cloves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 tbsp.
  • French Baguette, 1 loaf
  • Cilantro, ½ cup
  • Provolone Cheese, 10 slices
  • Italian Seasoning (as per choice)
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • In a bowl combine tomatoes, pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro and 1 tbsp. olive oil. Also add salt and Italian seasoning to the tomatoes and mix well.
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F. When the oven heats, place French baguette slices on top of the baking sheets and place them in the oven.
  • Combine 1 tbsp. olive oil, salt and Italian seasoning in a bowl and brush both the sides of bread slices with it.
  • Place the bread again in the oven, till it starts browning.
  • When the bread slices begin to brown, remove them from the oven and top them with one spoon of tomato mixture and a small piece of Provolone.
  • Place the bread back in the oven and remove it when the cheese begins to bubble and is slightly brown in color. Serve it with hot and spicy tomato sauce.
With Balsamic Vinegar
This recipe differs from the others, as here is an added taste of balsamic vinegar, and the fact that raw tomatoes are not added to the recipe.

Ingredients
  • Ripe Plum Tomatoes, 7
  • Garlic, (minced) 2 cloves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1 tbsp.
  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 tsp.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves, (chopped) 6
  • Italian Bread, 1 loaf
  • Olive Oil, ¼ cup
  • Salt as per taste
  • Freshly Ground Pepper as per taste
Method
  • Parboil the tomatoes for about a minute in boiling water.
  • De-skin the tomatoes, cut them into half and remove the seeds and juices from the tomatoes.
  • While you do the other preparations, preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Chop the tomatoes finely. Then in a bowl mix tomatoes, garlic, 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. After you have mixed them well, add chopped basil, salt and pepper to the tomatoes.
  • Slice the bread into ½ inch thick slices.
  • Coat one side of the slice with olive oil and place that side down on the baking sheet.
  • Toast the slices till the bread begins to brown.
  • Remove the bread from the baking sheet and place the tomato mixture on the oil coated side of the bread evenly and serve them.
Since the time I have learned how to make this dish, I try different combinations. I like to top them up with olives, mushrooms, baby corns, etc. You will have to try the different versions and see, which recipe suits you the best.
Bruschetta with Balsamic Vinegar