Italian Bruschetta

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"Classic appetizer. The trick to this is keeping the tomato mixture as free of liquid as possible. It might be pretty retro at this point, but it does use up day old bread quite nicely."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (93.9 g)
  • Calories 17.4
  • Total Fat - 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 10.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.7 g
  • Sugars - 2.3 g
  • Protein - 0.9 g
  • Calcium - 13.1 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Bring a pan of water to the boil and preheat broiler or grill.

Step 2

Core tomatoes and slash the other end with an "X". Blanch tomatoes one minutes, then plunge into cold water.

Step 3

When tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin, cut into quarters and removed seeds and excess juice with a gentle squeeze.

Step 4

Finely chop tomatoes and place in a small bowl with the basil, vinegar, garlic paste and a seasoning of salt and pepper. Stir.

Step 5

Slice baguette into half inch slices on the diagonal.

Step 6

Brush both sides of bread with olive oil and place on baking sheet.

Step 7

Broil both sides until golden. You could also toast the bread on the grill.

Step 8

Drain tomato mixture in a sieve to remove as much liquid as possible. (If you are making pasta, dump the liquid into your sauce.)

Step 9

Spoon mixture over bread and sprinkle with parmesan.

Step 10

Serve immediately.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I did a couple of things differently which may have changed the recipe slightly. I did not blanch the tomatoes, just chopped them. My basil plant was fairly small leaves so I could not roll them to cut them - I just chopped them. Finally after putting the mixture on the baguette slices and topping with parmesan I put them in a 375 oven for 12 minutes. End result a 5 star plus appetizer. I am sure this is also a 5 star plus if you follow it as written step by step. Thanks Sue for another winner

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(20 Apr 2014)