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Easy Bruschetta

Easy Bruschetta

This appetizer is easy and delicious. It's great as a side bread for Italian pasta dishes, soup or chili, too.MORE+LESS-


garlic cloves, finely chopped


cup fresh basil, minced


cup fresh parsley, minced


tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper (to taste)


baguette or loaf French bread, sliced

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  • 1

    Stir together tomatoes, basil, parsley, oregano, garlic and olive oil in a glass bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add salt at the end, as it tends to break the tomatoes up.

  • 2

    Preheat the oven to 300° F. Brush baguette slices with olive oil, salt and Italian seasoning and place in the oven. Remove when slices begin to brown.

  • 3

    Spoon the tomato mixture onto the toasted baguette slices and you’re ready to eat. To bring out the beautiful colors of bruschetta, serve on white plates and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Roasted garlic, tomato pesto and pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and a thin slice of salmon, red peppers, sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella, finely chopped olives and sweet onions. Experiment and make your bruschetta your way!
  • Bruschetta is best consumed fresh and warm. Discard any that has been at room temperature for more than two hours.

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Recipe Summary

  • 1 8 ounce loaf baguette-style French bread
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh Tomato and Olive Topping, Shrimp Topping, Basil Pesto and White Bean Topping, or Dried Fig and Pistachio Topping

Preheat oven to 425F. For crostini, bias-slice the bread into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Lightly brush one side of each bread slice with the olive oil. Lightly sprinkle oiled side of bread with pepper. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated over for 4 minutes. Turn slices over and bake for 3 to 4 minutes more or until crisp and light brown.

Prepare one or more of the desired toppings. Spoon onto toasted bread just before serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Cool toasts. Place in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours.

Easy Bruschetta Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil

The simplest recipes are most often the best, in my opinion, and it just doesn&rsquot get much simpler than this quick and easy bruschetta recipe &mdash if you can even call it a recipe. To make this yummy bruschetta, all you need is a fresh, crusty French baguette, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, a fresh garlic clove, and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Notice the theme here? Simple and fresh = delicious! You&rsquoll also need some extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt, and pepper.


I actually toasted the bread in my toaster oven for this step, and it was surprisingly efficient! What would take 15 minutes of preheating time and another 5-6 minutes cooking time in my conventional oven takes only 2 minutes in the toaster oven. I simply placed the French baguette slices on the toaster oven tray, pressed the &ldquotoast&rdquo button, and waited for it to work its magic. Perfecto!

In case you&rsquore not aware, bruschetta actually refers to the grilled bread itself, sans toppings. The bruschetta toppings can either be served as a dip on the side or spooned over the prepared bruschetta.


If classic bruschetta isn’t your thing or you feel like mixing it up a little, here are some of my other delicious bruschetta recipes!

Traditionally, bruschetta is served as more of an appetizer, although you could also serve it as a light lunch or dinner! Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve alongside (or after) bruschetta.

10 Easy Bruschetta Recipes for a Fall Party

&lsquoTis the season for parties and entertaining! Whether you&rsquore hosting Thanksgiving or having friends over for game day, homemade bruschetta and crostini are a delicious appetizer to feed to guests! These recipes, from The Speckled Palate and other food blogs, are perfect for a fall party. In addition to being easy to make, these bread-based appetizers offer a wide variety of flavors and are the perfect handheld appetizer for anyone to enjoy during this season.

Y&rsquoall. Thanksgiving is TOMORROW. And I don&rsquot know about you, but it sure snuck up on me!

That said: If you&rsquore looking for a last minute appetizer for tomorrow, bruschetta (or crostini) are the way to go. Grab yourself a loaf of bread, some seasonal toppings, and you&rsquore set!

Below are some fabulous fall-flavored appetizers, whether you serve &rsquoem for Thanksgiving or another fall gathering.

(If you&rsquore hosting a more winter-themed event, check out 9 Easy Bruschetta Recipes for a Winter Party. These 10 Easy Bruschetta Recipes for a Spring Party are good in the springtime, too, in case you discover this post during warmer months.)

Orange Cranberry Bruschetta from The Speckled Palate

This bruschetta was born out of my love for cheeseboards. The orange cranberry spread to put on top of the toasty bread is tart and tasty and fall-flavored! Paired with salty feta, this bruschetta is absolutely perfect for any type of fall get-together.

Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Goat Cheese Crostinis from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Butternut squash and pomegranate are two of my favorite fall flavors&hellip and when paired with goat cheese, these crostini are PERFECT for any kind of fall gathering!

Apple and Camembert Crostini with Caramelized Shallots from Simply Whisked

Apples and Camembert together with caramelized shallots on a piece of crusty bread? A thousand times YES! Apples are such a lovely fall fruit to enjoy, and this pairing is out-of-this-world delicious.

Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Pears are another fall-favorite in our house. As the weather gets chillier, richer flavors and hearty textures are where it&rsquos at! This autumnal crostini adds rich flavor with the goat cheese spread and texture with the lovely pear slices!

Apple Crostini with Fig Jam and Pecorino from Pinch and Swirl

This apple crostini is a party pleaser! Featuring easy-to-purchase ingredients you can find at your local grocery, it&rsquos easy to make and even easier to eat!

Holiday Sweet Potato Toast Bites from Feast + West

Looking for a gluten free and paleo-friendly appetizer for a fall party? Feast + West brings the deliciousness with her sweet potato &ldquotoast&rdquo topped with goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts and fresh sage.

Roasted Grape Balsamic Crostini from Cake &lsquon Knife

Roasted Grape Balsamic Crostini is a bold sweet and savory appetizer that Cake &lsquon Knife loves to serve in the winter. Topped with a balsamic reduction, this crostini sings of comforting fall flavors.

Apple Chutney Bruschetta from Pook&rsquos Pantry

This post might look familiar because Cheryl shared it here for my maternity leave! Toasted bread topped with goat cheese and sweet and sour apple chutney makes this Apple Chutney Bruschetta appetizer the perfect fall nibble. It is quick, easy and full of flavor. This fall-flavored makes a great bite for any seasonal gathering or even an at-home date night!

Vegan Tuscan Kale Bruschetta from The Speckled Palate

This hearty bruschetta highlights Tuscan kale, cooked down with grape tomatoes and cannellini beans. The kale becomes marvelously wilty, the tomatoes blister and break apart, and the beans brown slightly before all three are served upon toasted bread. As an added bonus, Vegan Tuscan Kale Bruschetta serves as a scrumptious dinner or appetizer for a crowd.

Caramel Apple Shortbread Bruschetta from The Crumby Kitchen

Bruschetta for dessert? BRUSCHETTA. FOR. DESSERT. This soft, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread &ldquocrostini&rdquo is smeared with caramel cream cheese and topped with nutty caramel apple crown. Yummmmm.