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Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

Bruschetta with tomato and basil mixed with creamy mozzarella, and drizzles of olive oil on garlic-rubbed crusty Italian bread. It’s all you need for this tasty appetizer!

Tomato, Basil Leaves, and Mozzarella on Crunchy Pieces of Sliced Italian Bread

The juicy tomatoes, that creamy mozzarella cheese, freshly chopped basil aroma…

Bruschetta with tomato and basil is one of the tastiest and quickest Italian appetizers to throw together.

A lot of times, I already have the ingredients lying around the house. Okay, maybe not that casually, but you get my drift.

Diced tomato, basil leaves, and diced mozzarella in a cup with a spoon next to it

I’m sure you’ve seen many variations of bruschetta served at different Italian restaurants.

Some use shaved Parmesan for the cheese. Some add minced garlic.

I’ve also had one that was whipped like a mousse with chopped onion and decorated on top of the toast like a frosted cupcake.

I’m not going to get that fancy right now. I like the simple clean flavors of this recipe.

Ingredients for Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

  • Day Old Italian Bread
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Basil or Freshly Chopped Basil Leaves
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
Spooning Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil onto Toast

How to Toast the Bread for Bruschetta

There are a few simple options for toasting your bread:

  1. You can drizzle olive oil on both sides of your sliced bread, rub with garlic clove, and place them in a pan on the stove over medium-high heat to brown them.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Brush the tops of the bread slices with olive oil, rub with garlic, and bake for 9-10 minutes.

3. The easiest and most simple way is placing your sliced bread in the toaster, but you won’t have the great garlicky olive oil taste on your toast.

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

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Enjoy!

Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Stove Top Method Cook Time: 3 minutes
Oven Method Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Bruschetta with tomato and basil mixed with creamy mozzarella, and drizzles of olive oil on garlic-rubbed crusty Italian bread. It's all you need for this tasty appetizer!

Ingredients

  • Day Old Italian Bread, sliced 1/2" thick
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 8 oz Mozzarella, diced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried Basil or 4-5 Freshly Chopped Basil Leaves
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Dash of Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine diced tomatoes and mozzarella in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add basil and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Gently toss to coat tomatoes and mozzarella.

Stove Top Method

  1. Brush remaining olive oil on both sides of bread slices. Rub each slice of bread with a garlic clove. Place bread slices in hot pan on medium-high heat. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
  2. Top each bread slice with bruschetta mixture.

Oven Method

  1. Brush the top of each bread slice with remaining olive oil, rub with garlic clove, and place on a baking pan. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Top each bread slice with bruschetta mixture.

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 132Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 22mgSodium 333mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 8g

Nutrition is not always accurate.

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