Authentic Italian Bruschetta is a classic appetizer that is perfectly crispy with just the right amount of fresh tomatoes, basil, and balsamic. Learn all the little tricks for making the perfect bruschetta right at home.
Bruschetta is simple, yet so delicious. It is one of those recipes that can only be as good as the ingredients used. Subpar tomatoes, low-quality olive oil, and mediocre bread is just not going to cut it for a truly authentic Italian bruschetta. You want to use the good stuff! You’ll understand once you’ve tried it. This bruschetta is life-changing. Be sure to check out the answers to frequently asked questions and watch the included video demonstration to make the best bruschetta of your life, all from the comfort of your own home kitchen.
What is the best type of bread to use for bruschetta?
Most types of rustic loaves of bread or high-quality artisan loaves of bread make a perfect bruschetta. If you like sourdough bread, that can work great as well. A long skinny French baguette is a classic choice. Our favorite place to get bread for bruschetta is always local European-style bakeries. Not only do they make authentic bread, but it is also a great way to support local businesses.
Perfectly ripe tomatoes will make this recipe even better! To find the perfect tomatoes look for heavy tomatoes with a smooth skin. You want it to be plump and free of any big blemishes, bruises, or bug bites. You want to choose a high-quality vine ripened tomato, so it can have as much flavor as possible. You can also try heirloom varieties which can yield both colorful and delicious results.
Can I use dried basil instead of fresh?
Fresh basil is an absolute must in bruschetta. We know there are a lot of times that dried can work, but dried will not give this recipe that punch of flavor it traditionally needs.
Bruschetta is best eaten fresh. If tomatoes are left too long on the bread, they will turn soggy. You can always store any extra bread separately from the tomato mixture to toast and top when ready to eat.
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other Italian recipes:
- Best Baked Eggplant Parmesan
- Simple Basil Pesto
- Authentic Pasta Carbonara
- Cacio e Pepe
- Flourless Chocolate Cake
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Authentic Italian Bruschetta
- 2 vine ripe tomatoes diced
- 5 fresh basil leaves chiffonade
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- Pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 Italian style baguette sliced
- 1 whole clove garlic
- Combine the diced tomato with fresh basil, dried oregano, a pinch of salt, 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, oregano, a pinch of salt, and a splash (1 teaspoon) of balsamic vinegar. Chill.
- Slice the baguette into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Cut off the end of the garlic clove and rub the garlic onto each side of each piece of bread. Drizzle both sides of the sliced bread with a little olive oil (or use a brush to brush it on).
- Toast on a grill or in a hot skillet until browned on both sides.
- Top hot bread with cold tomato bruschetta and serve immediately.