Besides its oft-butchered name (it’s brew-sket-ta, by the way), there’s little to get people riled up over this beloved Italian antipasto. For one, it involves a generous hunk of bread. Second, it can be topped with much more than just seasoned tomatoes—in fact, you can use virtually anything your heart desires. Here, 22 bruschetta recipe ideas to try at home this summer and beyond.
22 Easy (but Fancy) Bruschetta Recipe Ideas to Try at Home
2. Italian Bruschetta Bar
The word "bruschetta" often refers to tomato-topped bread when used stateside, but it actually has way less to do with produce than you may think. Technically, the only must is grilled bread that's been rubbed with garlic and topped with salt and olive oil—you can supplement with cheese, cured meats, veggies and beyond, hence this snack-filled masterpiece.
3. Garden Fresh Bruschetta
You can't go wrong with the classic combo of tomatoes, garlic, fresh dill and EVOO. Pro tip: Drain the tomatoes a bit after dicing them to avoid soggy crostini down the road.
10. Tomato, Salami And Chunky Arugula-basil Pesto Bruschetta
The homemade pesto spread is super rustic, since the ingredients are mashed together in a bowl instead of puréed in a blender or food processor. It's just the starter for an old-school Italian main, like pasta alla Norma.
12. Roasted Cherry Tomato And Whipped Feta Toast Points
So gorgeous, and yet a total cinch to put together. Seriously—the hardest part is waiting 20 minutes for the tomatoes to roast in the oven.
13. Tropical Breakfast Bruschetta
Y'all, it tastes like the beach. Think baked, sugared pieces of baguette topped with vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh fruit and toasted macadamia nuts. Feel free to use whatever tropical fruit you have, like kiwi, coconut flakes or papaya.
14. Classic Bruschetta With Cheese
There's only one way the O.G. mix of Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette, garlic and fresh basil could get any better—with a handful of shredded mozzarella.
20. Beet Bruschetta With Goat Cheese
Good things come to those who wait, including this spring appetizer. The garlicky beets take about an hour to turn fork tender, but your patience will most definitely be rewarded.
21. Brunch Bruschetta Bar
So many of the components can be made ahead, like the sun-dried tomato muhammara, basil pesto or marinated cherry tomatoes. On the big day, just lay out all the toppings, spreads and cheeses so your guests can assemble their own crostini.
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