Easy Italian bruschetta recipe with a easy to follow video. A true classic Italian recipe at its best which always takes me back to Tuscany, Italy. This fresh and delicious bruschetta recipe works as an amazing appetizer for a dinner party or just as a fresh comfort food at any time of the day when you’re feeling for a taste of Italy. This recipe is incredibly easy to make with minimalistic ingredients and a secret spoiler tip before you move on to the recipe is to use fresh and high quality ingredients as it really makes a huge difference in the outcome of flavor.
Ingredients for Classic Bruschetta
- Bread – Which bread is best to use for a bruschetta you might think? Basically every type of bread works great for a bruschetta! If you’re looking for a more authentic Italian taste though, then go with a Ciabatta, Pane Toscano (Tuscan bread) or a Pagnotta bread or any other Italian style rustic, crunchy bread.
The secret for the best bruschetta bread is to buy it freshly baked on the same day as you’re preparing the recipe as a fresh bread will always be crustier on the outside and softer on the inside. If you don’t have the option for a fresh bread then anything else will work just fine as well, even french toast for example which can be found conveniently in every grocery store.
- Tomatoes – You can use any sort of tomatoes for a bruschetta but if possible try to buy your tomatoes from a local market from the local farmers as they’re always fresher and have more taste and sweetness to them. My favorite tomato sorts to use are Romano Tomatoes or Raspberry Tomatoes as they both have a rich and sweet flavor to them.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A high quality extra virgin olive oil is the only dressing for a bruschetta that I prefer to use. Balsamic vinegar is also a popular option to add, but personally I enjoy the classic recipe and just going with olive oil.
- Garlic – a clove of freshly crushed garlic gives the recipe the spicy kick that works perfect for a bruschetta bread recipe. Additionally one clove of garlic can be used before serving to smear on the grilled bread before adding the tomato mixture on top of it for a bit more of a garlicky kick.
- Basil leaves – fresh basil leaves in a bruschetta recipe are incredibly aromatic and give it a rustic earthy Italian taste.
- Salt & Pepper – Salt will elevate all the flavors of the bruschetta ingredients and pepper will give it a bit more depth and a nice kick!
Optional Bruschetta Toppings
Optionally you can top the bruschettas with basically any of your favorite cuts of meat, cheese or vegetables. But mozzarella and balsamic vinegar are recommended the most if you’re interested in adding more toppings.
Bruschetta with Mozzarella Cheese
Mozzarella cheese – Mozzarella, crispy bread, tomatoes – a true classic which never disappoints. Cut mozzarella cheese into thin slices and add on top of the bruschettas before drizzling them lightly with olive oil. Be sure though to make sure that the mozzarella isn’t too watery before adding it onto the bread to not soak them. If they are moist, then pat the mozzarella cheese dry with a paper towel before adding it.
Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze or Vinegar
Balsamic glaze or vinegar – A light drizzle of high quality aged balsamic vinegar or glaze on a bruschetta gives it a really nice touch, so you should definitely try it out. If you can’t find higher quality traditional aged balsamic vinegar, then rather skip this part. Do some research on the balsamic vinegar as the quality can vary highly. Usually you can spot the quality through the higher price options but it’s great to search the brand reviews online or if possible then test it in your local Italian food shop.
How to Pronounce Bruschetta Correctly?
If you’re preparing this dish for an event or party then it’s great to know how to correctly pronounce bruschetta before introducing it to your guests. The “ch” in bruschetta is pronounced as “k”, making the pronunciation for bruschetta as “bru- sket- ta”.
A good explanation video with examples can be found here.
How to Make Bruschetta?
This easy bruschetta bread recipe will teach you to prepare a way better and more authentic bruschetta with tomatoes than even most restaurants serve. You’ll be surprised why you didn’t try to make your own bruschetta bread with tomatoes yourself sooner! Be sure to also check out our instruction video for this recipe.
Easy Bruschetta Recipe – Italian Food (Appetizer)
Easy Bruschetta recipe to make for your friends or family as an appetizer. Italian food that is super simple to make if you have the right ingredients. It is best to eat it at the same day as soon as possible but if you keep it in the refrigerator inside an airtight container it should last 1-2 days. Keep in mind that it is better to keep the tomato toppings mixture separated from the bread when storing in the refrigerator.
Ingredients (3 Servings)
- 3 large fresh & ripe tomatoes (Most ideal Roma or Raspberry tomato sorts)
- 1 whole or 6 thick slices of ciabatta bread
- Handful of basil leaves (~10 leaves)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3-4 tbsp of olive oil
- Freshly ground sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Nutritional value per recipe (1 servings):
313 calories / 37g carbs / 16.3g fats / 6.9g proteins / 3.8g dietary fiber / 5.3g sugar
Nutritional value per recipe (3 serving) :
939 calories / 111g carbs / 49g fats / 20,6g proteins / 11.4g dietary fiber / 16g sugar