Tomato Bruschetta with Six Variations

Serves 6-8


Italian by tradition, this simple appetizer has become immensely popular in the United States, where it appears on menus, in cookbooks, at backyards barbecues, all for good reason: It is delicious, and one of the best and simplest uses of summer tomatoes.

  • 1 loaf country-style bread (sourdough, Italian, etc.), cut into thick slices
  • Several cloves of garlic, cut in half
  • 3 medium ripe red tomatoes
  • Best-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper in a mill

Grill or toast the bread. While it is cooking, peel and seed the tomatoes, chop them coarsely, and season with a little salt and a few turns of black pepper. Rub one side of each slice of bread with a piece of garlic and place the bread on a large platter. Drizzle each slice of bread with a generous tablespoon of olive oil and top with a large spoonful of the chopped tomatoes Serve immediately.


  • Anchovy: Drape each slice of finished bruschetta with an anchovy filet
  • Mozzarella:While toasting or grilling the bread, top each piece (after turning once) with a thin slice of fresh mozzarella.
  • Cherry Tomatoes & Chives: Instead of using large tomatoes, cut cherry tomatoes or small pear tomatoes in half and scatter them over the bruschetta. Top with fresh snipped chives.
  • Red Onions: Add 1 small red onion, minced, to the tomatoes. Top with finely chopped Italian parsley.
  • Slice several leaves of basil into very thin strips and sprinkle them on the bruschetta just before serving.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to the tomatoes and top the bruschetta with a mix of fresh herbs (Italian parsley, oregano, thyme).

Copyright 1996 by Michele Anna Jordan, author of The Good Cook's Book of Tomatoes. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission.


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