Sun ripened tomatoes, fresh garden basil, and sweet garlic combine to bring you summers best in this easy Bruschetta recipe with a flavorful balsamic glaze. This easy appetizer brings out the best of the season in just a few simple steps. Friends and family just love this scrumptious recipe and have even donated fresh garden tomatoes to the cause.
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How to make easy Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
Start by dicing your tomatoes small and placing in a bowl. Then sprinkle them with a little salt and set them aside for a bit. Now mince the garlic and chop the basil. Next drain any tomato juice from the tomatoes and add the garlic, basil and pepper. Drizzle with the vinegar and olive oil. Then mix gently to combine and let sit for a bit at room temperature.
Meanwhile slice the baguette on a diagonal in about 1/2 inch slices. Brush both sides with olive oil and bake in a preheated oven until toasted. While they are toasting combine the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Now bring it to a low boil and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. The vinegar will reduce and the glaze will thicken. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
Now assemble your appetizers by spooning the tomatoes on to the toasted baguette slices. Place on a serving platter and lightly drizzle with the balsamic glaze. For best results serve promptly.
Recipe tips and notes for Bruchetta
- Always use the best sun ripened tomatoes you can get your hands on. This particular time I used some beautiful heirloom tomatoes that I bought at the market.
- Fresh garden basil is king here. Dried basil is just not going to provide enough flavor or aroma to satisfy you.
- Skip the pre-minced garlic. I like to peel and mince my garlic fresh every time. It only takes a couple of minutes and it is well worth the effort.
- I love this recipe with either red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar mixed in with the tomatoes. Both are equally delicious albeit different.
- A simple baguette is the perfect accompaniment however whole grain crackers and crostini also work well.
How to make Bruschetta Toasts
- Slice the baguette diagonally into 1/2 inch slices.
- Brush both sides of each slice with olive oil or olive oil that has been infused with garlic.
- Place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. Flip and bake for another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
Easy Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze
An easy garden fresh bruschetta recipe combining sun ripened tomatoes, sweet basil, and garlic all served on toasted baguette slices with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes plus marinating time
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- Category: appetizer
- Method: bake/stove top
- Cuisine: Italian
- 3–4 garden fresh tomatoes diced small
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ⅓ cup fresh basil chopped
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 baguette sliced on a diagonal in 1/2 inch slices
- olive oil
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Combine tomatoes and salt in a bowl. Let sit for 20-30 minutes. Drain tomato juice. Add garlic, basil and pepper; stir gently to combine. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil; stir gently to coat. Let sit for 20-30 minutes at room temperature.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip toasts and bake for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
- Combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil and simmer for 10 minutes; stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
- Assemble by spooning the tomatoes on to the toasted baquette slices. Place on a serving platter and lightly drizzle with the balsamic glaze. For best results serve promptly.
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