Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

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This Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic glaze recipe is an easy appetiser that doesn’t require much of your time, but still taste amazing! The tomatoes are drizzled in balsamic vinegar glaze with delicious basil, garlic, salt and black pepper, served on top of crunchy slices of toasted sourdough bread, which creates a perfect blend of flavours, perfect for this first day of summer!

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 Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

This recipe is on of our top go-to appetisers we make when we want something that is full of flavours and don’t have a lot of time to cook at lunch for ourselves, or perhaps want a super easy appetiser to serve for any guests coming over. It is incredibly easy to make, even if you are a beginner in the kitchen, as it really only takes just a few ingredients and to buy some sourdough bread. That is it! 

I find that bruschetta really is there perfect summer-appetiser (Hello first day of summer!), since the tomatoes during this time of year are super ripe, which I would argue makes this one of the best dishes you can make during the summer months. I mean, who doesn’t love seasonal foods?

When you use seasonal veggies, such as for this bruschetta recipe, the end results becomes that much better, because you get the peak-flavours, a crunchy bite, delicious and intense flavours, and you can almost never have to many pieces of bruschetta, as they are a very light appetiser as well!

So with no further explanation, let’s cook! Remember to share it and tag me to share you on either:

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Tomato Basil Bruschetta Video Instruction

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta are an appetizer dish consisting of thick slices of grilled bread, usually sourdough, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, basil and sometimes cheese served on top. They originate from Italy, and can be served as an appetiser of served as a side dish for dinner. The name “Bruschetta” refers to the bread, whilst the rest of the toppings are considered as “extras” no matter what you may put on it. The toppings of a traditional bruschetta recipe should be served cold, whilst the bread served underneath should be warm.

Ingredients For Tomato Basil Bruschetta

  • Tomatoes
  • Virgin Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Sourdough bread

  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar
 
Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

What toppings can you use for Bruschetta?

The most known way to have bruschetta is the bruschetta served with the toppings already described, such as tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper served on top of a lukewarm piece of bred. But the ideas are endless when it comes to what you want to serve on top of the bruschetta, because as mentioned, the bruschetta refers to the bread, not the toppings.

Some of the ideas for toppings to put on bruschetta includes mushrooms, beets, cream cheese and olives, strawberries, figs, pesto, cucumber and hummus, avocado, and many more. As said, you can put anything as toppings as you like.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Instructions For Tomato Basil Bruschetta

  1. Start by preparing the tomatoes. With a knife, remove the core of each tomato which is one at the top. You can discard these cores. 
  2. Now, over a large bowl (this is very important, so you catch the tomato juices), start cutting small pieces of the tomatoes beginning from the top and making your way down each tomato until they are all cut.
  3. Add the basil, pepper and 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the bowl. Give it a gentle mix and leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. Time to prep the bread. The preferred method is to toast each piece on a BBQ or a dry, hot griddle pan. The smokiness goes so well with the freshness of the tomatoes. I wanted to make it universal, so I placed mine under a hot grill until browned (not under toast as it will make the dish soggy).
  5. Add the balsamic vinegar to a saucepan on medium-high heat. Reduce the balsamic vinegar until it sticks to a metal spoon. If you want it sweeter, you can add a tbsp of brown sugar.
  6. Once the bread is ready, rub each half of the raw garlic onto each piece of the bread; the garlic will disintegrate and melt.
  7. Add the salt to the tomatoes and give one final gentle stir.
  8. Using a spoon, pick up the tomato juices ONLY and drizzle them over each piece of toasted bread. Use as much as you can as this adds to the flavour.
  9. Then spoon the tomato and basil pieces onto the bread.
  10. Finally, drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top and serve immediately. If you have leftover juices, the. Spoon them over the top.

How To Store Any Tomato Basil Bruschetta Leftovers

This dish is best served straight away. But can also use for left-over lunch and will keep fresh in the fridge for a couple of days.

Why I Love This Recipe 

  • Traditional Italian appetiser!
  • Easy and simple to make!
  • Intense flavours!
  • Savoury & delicious!

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I did creating, eating and sharing it.

More Appetizers To Try

 

Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

This Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic glaze recipe is an easy appetiser that doesn't require much of your time, but still taste amazing! The tomatoes are drizzled in balsamic vinegar glaze with delicious basil, garlic, salt and black pepper, served on top of crunchy slices of toasted sourdough bread, which creates a perfect blend of flavours, perfect for this first day of summer!
5 from 1 vote
Author Vegan Boards
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings: 4 people
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian

Equipment

  • 1 Chopping board
  • knife
  • 1 large bowl

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe tomatoes (preferably on the vine)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (each one cut in half)
  • 4 large slices of sourdough bread (or 8 smaller pieces. You can use a crusty Italian bread too or even slices baguette)
  • 6 basil leaves (finely sliced Ito ribbons)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 400 ml balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Start by preparing the tomatoes. With a knife, remove the core of each tomato which is one at the top. You can discard these cores. 
  • Now, over a large bowl (this is very important, so you catch the tomato juices), start cutting small pieces of the tomatoes beginning from the top and making your way down each tomato until they are all cut. 
  • Add the basil, pepper and 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil to the bowl. Give it a gentle mix and leave to marinate for 30 minutes. 
  • Time to prep the bread. The preferred method is to toast each piece on a BBQ or a dry, hot griddle pan. The smokiness goes so well with the freshness of the tomatoes. I wanted to make it universal, so I placed mine under a hot grill until browned (not under toast as it will make the dish soggy). 
  • Add the balsamic vinegar to a saucepan on medium-high heat. Reduce the balsamic vinegar until it sticks to a metal spoon. If you want it sweeter, you can add a tbsp of brown sugar.  
  • Once the bread is ready, rub each half of the raw garlic onto each piece of the bread; the garlic will disintegrate and melt. 
  • Add the salt to the tomatoes and give one final gentle stir. 
  • Using a spoon, pick up the tomato juices ONLY and drizzle them over each piece of toasted bread. Use as much as you can as this adds to the flavour.
  • Then spoon the tomato and basil pieces onto the bread. 
  • Finally, drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top and serve immediately. If you have leftover juices, the. Spoon them over the top.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tomato Basil Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
Amount per Serving
Calories
225
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Sodium
 
616
mg
27
%
Potassium
 
573
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
21
g
23
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
1553
IU
31
%
Vitamin C
 
26
mg
32
%
Calcium
 
56
mg
6
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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