Tomato Bruschetta with Garlic and Basil is a quick and easy appetizer that is oh-so refreshing and jam-packed with garlicky goodness!
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I have been making this tomato bruschetta for years, and it has always been a crowd favorite.
Holidays, parties or even for a quick appetizer before dinner at home – there is NEVER any left, and there are never any regrets.
Tomato bruschetta is extremely refreshing and simple to make.
If you're anything like me, you likely have the majority of the ingredients in your kitchen already, with the exception of maybe the baguette. You also probably have the tools needed to make this ultra-simple recipe.
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For such a basic recipe, this appetizer is jam-packed with flavor, largely due to the garlic. I am never conservative when I use garlic. Like, at all. If a recipe calls for two cloves, you better believe I am using at least five!
I chop up then sauté the garlic until fragrant and golden before mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. This brings out so much more flavor than you'd get if you just stirred in raw garlic.
Brushing the baguette slices with seasoned olive oil also makes a big difference. Not only does it add a lot to the taste but it also creates a nice chewy crunch that helps hold the whole bite together. If you bake the slices without any type of preparation, they'll crunch in the crumbly type of way that nobody likes.
My Favorite Tools For This Recipe
The most helpful tool to achieve this is a small silicone basting brush. I've been using mine for three years with no signs of it needing to be replaced, which is awesome because I use it for a lot of things – brushing on sauce for grilling (and we grill a lot!), brushing butter or olive oil on toasted breads and pitas, etc.
Dicing up tomatoes can be a bit cumbersome if you don’t have a very sharp knife. Because of this I regularly sharpen my knife using a PriorityChef Knife Sharpener.
There are many other knife sharpeners out there, some are electric-powered and others are hand-powered like the one above. I have not tried one of those electric ones but this hand-powered knife sharpener is more than enough for my daily needs without having to break the bank.
This recipe requires basil, of course! We grow ours at home year-round and have an enormous supply which can be hard to use up quickly.
We recently received a glass herb keeper as a wedding gift which has made it so much easier to preserve the herbs we pick much longer than they would keep in the refrigerator otherwise! It's definitely a kitchen necessity, whether you grow your own or get yours from the grocery store! Check it out here.
Whether you are in a pinch and looking for an easy yet impressive appetizer, or you are like me and love to pre-game dinner, this tomato bruschetta with garlic and basil is always a winner!
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