You’ll love this Classic Bruschetta appetizer with tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, served on a garlic toasted baguette slice.You'll love this Classic Bruschetta appetizer with tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, served on garlic toasted baguette slice.
Do you enjoy classic Bruschetta appetizers? I sure do. The amazing Italian flavor of garden fresh tomatoes, paired with fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar served on a garlic infused, toasted baguette slice pushes all my buttons… it’s delicious!

Bruschetta basically means “toasted Italian bread with toppings”. Okay… that works for me. Sounds pretty good! Here’s what you need to do to make this classic appetizer!

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How To Make Classic Bruschetta Appetizers

To make this classic bruschetta appetizer, first slice a small baguette into thin slices. You can also buy the baguette pre-sliced, if your grocer sells it that way.

Two or three small slices per person is about the average serving size. The beauty of this recipe is that you can make as many or as little as you want.  Lightly brush each slice with olive oil.

Olive oil is lightly brushed onto baguette slices for Classic Bruschetta.

Rub a garlic clove over each slice of baguette. This will add some delicious “extra” flavor to each piece.

A fresh garlic clove is rubbed over baguette slices before baking.

Broil The Seasoned Baguette Slices

Place the seasoned baguette slices on a wire rack. Position the rack about 5 inches away from the heating element in your oven.

Broil the baguette slices until they turn golden brown and lightly toasted. Remove from oven.

Toasted baguette slices are cooked to make them crispy for bruschetta toppings.

Prepare The Classic Bruschetta Topping

Combine finely chopped Roma tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

I’m sorry this photo (below) is blurry. Not sure what happened. I included it just so you could get a hint of what the tomato mixture will look like.  I am confident yours will look a lot better (some days are like that)!

Tomatoes and spices are mixed to make topping.

Classic Bruschetta Is Ready To Serve!

When you are ready to serve this appetizer, use a slotted spoon to help drain a little bit of the juices off. Spoon a little of the tomato mixture onto each toasted baguette slice.

Arrange the classic bruschetta slices on a serving platter. Garnish each slice with thinly sliced fresh basil, and then serve and enjoy these delicious bite-sized treats.

Classic Bruschetta is garnished with thinly sliced basil, then served on a platter.

That’s it!  It’s an easy and tasty classic bruschetta appetizer to serve because the tomato mixture is made ahead.

If you’re pressed for time, you can also toast the baguette slices ahead of time. Then all you have to do is put the bruschetta together at the last minute before serving!

Time To Eat!

The fresh taste of classic bruschetta appetizers will wow your guests. The taste will also wow your mouth, as you devour these bites of Italian goodness!

My photos only reflect HALF of the recipe as written. This recipe for bruschetta makes enough for 5-6 servings (averaging 3 small pieces per person!).

Italian seasoned tomato mixture and Italian flavored tomatoes top Classic Bruschetta.

Have a fantastic day! Hope you will give this recipe for classic bruschetta appetizers a try. I really think you will LOVE them!

You might also like Crostini with Figs, Gorgonzola, Honey and WalnutsTomato, Basil and Cheese Appetizers or Sun-Dried Tomato and Kalamata Olive Bruschetta!

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Classic Bruschetta
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
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Total Time
15 mins

You'll love this Classic Bruschetta appetizer with tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, garlic, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, served on garlic toasted baguette slices.

Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: classic bruschetta
Servings: 15 slices (3 per person)
Calories Per Serving: 98 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 baguette , cut into thin slices.
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil (approx-for brushing on bread slices)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (to rub on bread slices)
For bruchetta:
  • 2 ½ cups minced Roma tomatoes (FINELY chopped)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves (thinly sliced approx.-for garnish)
  1. Place the minced tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine, then let this mixture sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes to let the flavors "come together".
  2. Brush each baguette slice with a small amount of olive oil. Rub a clove of garlic over each piece for added flavor. Place baguette slices on a rack under the broiler (abut 5 inches from heating element), and lightly toast until golden brown. Remove from oven.
  3. When ready to serve, place tomato mixture onto each slice of toasted baguette. Sprinkle each slice with thinly sliced fresh basil. (To easily slice basil, roll leaves up together into tight cylinder, then slice).
  4. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation is approximate, as size of baguette may vary.

If you want additional flavor, you can add thinly sliced fresh basil to the tomato mixture, if desired (about 1/3 cup). I left it out, but added fresh thinly sliced basil to each slice.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Bruschetta
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 206mg9%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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