We’re all pretty much familiar with this simple appetizer that originated in Italy. It has some of my favorite ingredients: Italian bread, fresh olive oil and basil, salt, and tomatoes. Other ingredients can be added at will including cheeses of different kinds and cured meats. Some foods, in their most basic form, are best: Bread with a bit of dressing, tomatoes, an herb, maybe some cheese. This dish can easily move from appetizer to main course. What do you think?

For a basic bruschetta recipe, here’s a four-minute video. Here’s an under 2-minute video on making a slightly different version of bruschetta. Finally, a ricotta with buffalo mozzarella and sweet cherry tomato bruschetta video. Taste buds went crazy today! 

FunFacts about Bruschetta: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Basic info, quote: Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [bruˈsketta] is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Variations may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. A popular dish is bruschetta with tomatoes; the most popular recipe outside Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella. (Source)
  • Here’s how to pronounce it. This info comes from someone with a pet peeve about how this word is said, quote: Say BROO-SKET-TA. That’s right. It is not BRAH-SHEDA. Now say it again… BROO-SKET-TA. If you can roll that R a little, you are certainly doing well! (Source)
  • Bruschetta evolved during the 1500s in Italy.
  • Traditional bruschetta is made with grilled bread that is then rubbed with garlic.
  • Traditional recipes also use drizzles of olive oil on the bread then on the topping.
  • The word bruschetta comes from the Italian word brusciare which means to burn or to toast.
  • The original bruschetta from centuries ago was a simple bread toasted over hot coals then sprinkled with olive oil with a little garlic and salt, that’s it.

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36 thoughts on “Bruschetta

  1. Apologies, Everyone!
    I just discovered this blog somehow didn’t launch at its scheduled time! But here it is! Feel free to join in!

    Buckeye Arizona USA

  2. It’s similar to pizza and I’m the only person in the world that doesn’t like pizza. LOL

    But, I don’t mind these minature like sandwich bites which I like.

    Go figure. LOL

  3. I like bruschetta and also plain with just olive oil and some spices. I enjoyed all the pictures-they all are yummy!! AZ

  4. I haven’t tried making this, but since I am growing basil and tomatoes…I guess I will be in a few weeks, lol. Thanks for making me hungry!

    • ELF,
      Tomatoes and basil! What a perfect ‘growing’ combination. I’m working hard on my garden, but I haven’t yet explored growing ‘edibles’. I definitely want to start with these two. Thanks for the inspiration!

      Buckeye Arizona USA

  5. I’m with you Caris! Basic with just a touch of cheese added to the dressing and tomatoes! It is my favorite appetizer!

  6. I’m sorry to say that I’ve never had bruschetta, but it is definitely on my list to try. Without cheese for me.

  7. I like bruschetta but I tend to enjoy the ones that have simpler toppings. All the pictures look delicious and are making me hungry!

  8. What appetizing, inviting pictures! Bruschetta is one of the most versatile apps around. Wonder how it is for breakfast?!

  9. I love love love bruschetta. We don’t have it often as we have cut out most breads, but on an evening out or a nice stay at home “date” night I will make it for us.

  10. I add just a little bell pepper and cucumber. But then again, Onion, bell pepper and cucumber goes with everything. Even Tuna Salad.

  11. I love bruschetta and have made it. I love to eat it. And, I know how to pronounce it properly. 🙂

    Technically, the word is rooted from toasted bread, but it’s morphed into meaning the appetizer with toppings on the bread.

    denise from maryland

  12. I think tomatoes are the perfect food and I’ll eat them with anything. These look delicious and now I’m starving so so since I have some little grape tomatoes in the fridge I think I’m going to go be creative.

  13. I have eaten bruschetta one time and liked it. After these pictures my mouth is watering and I am going to make it.

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