This yummy Homemade Bruschetta is quick, simple and perfect for any party! It takes just 5 ingredients and is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.
It’s a classic appetizer great for parties or when serving Italian food. Not only is this recipe simple, but it gets rave reviews and is a go-to finger food along with our fried zucchini and garlic bread!
holiday + party appetizer
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but our family likes to get together often, especially for holidays. Every time we get together, you can bet we all bring food to eat and share.
The recipe we’re sharing with you today is one of our favorite appetizers to bring to these family get togethers – Homemade Bruschetta (other favorites include Spinach Artichoke Dip and Cheesy Garlic Bread). It is seriously such an easy bruschetta recipe, but it’s so yummy at the same time, which makes it the BEST!
So what is Bruschetta? It is an appetizer that originates from Italy consisting of toasted bread topped with various things like tomatoes, vegetables, meat, or cheese.
Here in the US though, it usually refers to the actual tomato based topping. Our recipe is for the tomato based topping, but we do serve ours on toasted bread like the Italian appetizer!
If you’ve ever enjoyed delicious bruschetta from an Italian restaurant and dream of making it at home – this recipe will be your new go-to!
How to Make Bruschetta:
All it takes is 5 ingredients!! Talk about easy, am I right? Here are the ingredients:
- Can of Italian Diced Tomatoes
- Roma Tomatoes (chopped)
- Olive oil
MIX. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Then, serve right away with warm bread pieces.
REFRIGERATE. If you’re not serving right away, make sure you stick the Bruschetta mixture in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. As I mentioned, we like to serve ours on toasted bread slices.
What kind of bread is used for Bruschetta?
You can use whatever bread you like most. Here are some of the most popular breads used for bruschetta:
- Italian Bread
- Sourdough Bread
- Baguettes or Hogi Roll
- French Bread
- Rustic Bread
We typically buy a baguette and cut it into slices. Then place them on a cookie sheet, butter each slice, and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Broil on HIGH for 2-5 minutes (depending on how fast and hot your oven is).
We also like to cut the bread a little more thick, butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Italian slices and cook it on the skillet too.
Once the bread is toasted, place a scoop of Bruschetta on top of each slice – and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan (optional but so yummy)!
Storing, Freezing + More Tips
How long does bruschetta keep? We keep it in an air-tight container until ready to serve and then only keep it out for up to 2 hours.
How to store bruschetta? If making a head of time, we will add all the ingredients except for the canned tomatoes and basil and add those right before serving. Once it’s made, this can be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge for 24-48 hours.
How to store bruschetta bread? We keep this in a Ziploc bag if it’s already made. It’s definitely best served warm with the bruschetta.
Can bruschetta be frozen? Yes, bruschetta can be frozen. Freeze the bread and tomato topping separately. Be aware that the tomato topping may become a more mushy after being frozen. To serve let the tomato topping thaw and reheat the toast in the oven.
What other things can I put on the bruschetta? There are so many bruschetta topping alternatives try including some of these: vegetables such as corn, cured meat such as diced salami, pepperoni, ham, bacon bits, pastrami, cheeses such as diced mozzarella or provolone.
And be sure to check our Bruschetta Chicken – which we love to make when we have leftover bruschetta mixture!
Talk about an easy, quick and yummy appetizer! I promise you’ll love this. It is a family favorite that can be made so easily and it tastes so good!
For more bruschetta recipes, check out:
- 1 16 oz can of Italian diced tomatoes
- 3 Roma tomatoes chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 4 TB olive oil
- 3/4 c basil chopped
- 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan optional
- 1 baguette
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix right before serving. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
- Add butter and Parmesan cheese to sliced baguette and broil on HIGH for 2-5 minutes (watch carefully, because every oven is different!)
- Scoop bruschetta onto slices right before serving.