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Easy Bruschetta Recipe

This Easy Bruschetta Recipe is a super simple, no fail recipe for my favorite Italian antipasto. Try my recipe and say good bye to store bought bruschetta. Quick, delicious and always a crowd pleaser!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: appetizer, bruschetta
Servings: 6
Calories: 220kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette cut in 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 cups tomatoes finely chopped, see recipe notes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ medium onion finely chopped
  • 6 leaves basil finely chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil

Optional

Instructions

  • Turn your oven on to the broil setting. Place the baguette slices on a large baking sheet. If preferred you could brush the slices with a bit of olive oil on both sides and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Place under the broiler and toast on both sides for about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl toss together the tomatoes, garlic onion, basil, cheese, salt, pepper and olive oil. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Spoon bruschetta on the toasted bread slices and drizzle with balsamic reduction if preferred.

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Notes

  1. I used heirloom tomatoes, but you could use any tomatoes you like. Usually Roma tomatoes are used.
  2. Balsamic reduction is a glaze made from balsamic vinegar. You can usually buy balsamic reduction, found together with all the vinegars and oils. To make your own balsamic reduction add about 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and place over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and let it simmer for about 10 minutes or until the vinegar reduces down. Make sure to stir occasionally. It is done when it coats the back of a spoon. Let it cool before using. 
  3. Leftovers: Store leftover bruschetta (not on bread) in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Do not leave bruschetta out for more than 2 hours. 
  4. Nutrition: Nutritional information includes balsamic reduction and baguette. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 505IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1.5mg