A simple and delicious Bruschetta Recipe with a classic tomato-basil topping. It's perfect to serve on a hot summer day and one of the best way to use up juicy, ripe, summer tomatoes! Our secret for the best tasting bruschetta? - using a mixture of oil and butter brushed onto each piece of sliced baguette for a truly delicious treat!
1French baguettesliced into 1-inch thick pieces on a deep bias
1/4cupextra virgin olive oil
2tablespoonsunsalted buttermelted and cooled
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all tomato topping ingredients into a mixing bowl and fold together. Set aside and allow mixture to marinate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Brush a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil and set aside.
Stir together remaining oil and melted butter.
Brush each slice of baguette with the butter and oil mixture on both sides.
Bake bruschetta for 6 minutes. Flip, rub with remaining butter-oil mixture and continue to bake for an additional 4 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool.
Top each piece of bruschetta with a couple spoonfuls of the tomato mixture, top with basil leaves and serve.
Our bruschetta can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Just bake and cool completely. Then store in an airtight container until ready to use. When ready to use, just refresh in a 350˚F oven for 2 to 3 minutes to rewarm.
While it's best to make this topping fresh, our tomato topping can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Just omit the basil until 30 minutes before serving, gently fold in until fully combined.
Variations for Our Bruschetta Recipe
Bub a little garlic onto the sliced bread before toasting - this is a classic take on bruschetta that we skip. We don't find it necessary, but if you want a double punch of garlic in your bruschetta, rubbing some onto each piece will give each toast a nice garlic flavor that isn't overbearing.
Use quartered cherry tomatoes instead of roma tomatoes, which will give the tomato topping a bit more of a sweet flavor.
Add some chopped mint leaves to the tomato topping for an extra bright and fresh finish!