Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bruschetta with Tomatoes

 This morning I went to the local farmers market, here in Santa Monica, and found these amazing organic tomatoes on the vine. And got inspired. 
Tonight I prepared the classic Italian Bruschetta.
Bruschetta is an easy and fast appetizer that only requires few simple ingredients.
The secret to success with this recipe is to buy savory tomatoes and the right loaf of bread, with a crunchy crust and soft interior, like a French loaf, a Pugliese bread, or a French baguette (you will need to cut the baguette diagonally to make bigger slices).
You cannot go wrong with this recipe. Wholesome, fresh, few ingredients - that's all it takes!
Here are the ingredients:

  • 8 thick slices of bread
  • 3-4 fresh tomatoes
  • 4-5 leaves of fresh basil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper


Step 1: Cut the tomatoes in cubes. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil. Add one garlic clove sliced and the basil broken in pieces.
Let it sit for at least 10 minutes while you prepare the bread. This way, all the flavors will mix nicely together and the tomatoes will pick up the aroma of the basil and the garlic.
Simply delicious!!

Step 2: Cut the bread in thick slices and sprinkle both sides with olive oil. Toast the bread on a grilling pan.
Note: Make sure the bread stays soft on the inside, and crunchy only on the surface!

Step 3: Brush each slice with garlic and top with the tomatoes (after removing the pieces of garlic that we added to the tomatoes earlier).

Serve immediately when the bread is still warm.

What do you think? Buonissime, right?  Let me know!


  1. Mmmm..looks yummy! Feel free to bring some down if you need a taste tester. What did you serve along with this?

    1. LOL! Yes, next time I will have to bring some over :)
      We had the bruschetta as appetizer, and a light main dish: asparagus with egg sauce ... coming soon on my blog!