Introduction: Best Bruschetta

Read this instructable to learn a traditional recipe for bruschetta topping and pick up some tips on preparation.

The best bruschetta is the simplest - made from fresh ingredients, chopped by hand and served hot as an appetizer capable of both sustaining a hungry, impatient diner until the food arrives and stimulating the most evasive of appetites.

Step 1: Ingredients

You will need:

A Baguette - (or any other dry, crusty bread you have)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil - (preferably cold-pressed)

Fresh Garlic


Fresh Basil - (preferably younger, smaller leaves)

Parmesan Cheese


Baking Tray

Cutting Board

Medium Bowl


Sharp Serrated Knife

Cheese Grater


Step 2: Cutting, Chopping, Grating

Using a sharp serrated knife dice one tomato and set aside in a medium-sized bowl.

Grate or mince garlic to the amount of 1/2 tsp and add to tomato bowl.

Grate approximately 1 tsp parmesan cheese (romano also works well) and set aside in a small dish.

Chop fresh young basil by hand or using a mezzaluna - use between 1/2 to 1 oz fresh basil leaves, which should amount to between 1/2 and 1 tsp of minced basil. 

Step 3:

Drizzle 2 tsp olive oil over the medium bowl and toss all the ingredients inside. Cover and set aside while you prepare the bread or for later use.

Step 4: Bread Prep

Slice your baguette into long, thin discs and place onto one or more baking trays. Brush olive oil onto each piece using just enough for a light coating all over the top.

Step 5: Spooning the Topping

Spread 1-2 tablespoons of bruschetta topping onto each slice of baguette.

Step 6: Pinches of Parmesan

Get the tsp of grated parmesan you set aside earlier, then pinch and sprinkle a small amount of it onto each piece.

Step 7: Broil and Brown

On the highest rack in your oven, broil the bruschetta on high for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted and bread has browned and crisped. Serve as an appetizer with just about anything and enjoy!