Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tomatoes are In, My Bruschetta Recipe

Ripe slicing tomatoes are coming into the farmer’s market, and my cherry and plum tomatoes are finally starting to ripen in the garden.  We’re enjoying the slicers on turkey sandwiches on fresh Italian bread with kosher salt, extra mayo and oregano I dried earlier this summer.  And I’ve been making a ton of our family’s favorite—bruschetta on toasted slices of Italian bread.

Nothing is fresher than bruschetta in summer—and, to me, anyway, nothing tastes better in summer than tomatoes and basil.  Together.  With good olive oil and tangy, fruity balsamic vinegar.  Mmmmm.  I’m getting hungry all over again.

This time I served it with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and fried eggplant.  I fried the eggplant using my recipe for the best fried zucchini ever, except I cut the eggplant into sticks instead of rounds and added a fair amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs.

Please enjoy my bruschetta recipe and savor the tastes (and aromas!) of summer in your kitchen.  Adjust the ingredients up or down to get just the right amount—the good news is the measurements don’t have to be exact, and you can just go for it without any major consequences.

Kelly’s Bruschetta
Makes two to three servings

Three medium-sized ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
Half a medium red onion, diced
One large clove of garlic (or more), minced (not the jarred stuff!)
7-8 fresh basil leaves, julienned or rough chopped
1 tbsp good olive oil
2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar (or to taste)
salt & pepper to taste

Half a skinny loaf of Italian or French bread, sliced and toasted

Combine the diced tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil and stir gently.  Drizzle in olive oil and basil, stir gently, then add salt and pepper to taste.  Let it sit at room temperature while you get the rest of your meal together—the flavors meld and get better the longer it sits—but good luck with that.  : )  Best spooned onto slices of toasted bread.


  1. Yum! Love bruschetta so much. Now I'm craving it.

  2. Ooooh!! I never thought to add balsamic to my brushcetta! Must try that - sounds so tasty!

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  3. looks delish! super pretty!

  4. Mmmm...heavenly! Nothin' better than homegrown or locally grown tomatoes, and bruschetta is indeed a most glorious way to enjoy them at their peak!

  5. Fresh bruscetta is the best! I'm always looking for new recipes. Thanks!

  6. Yum! Love bruschetta! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Stopping by from Tip Junkie! I was JUST looking for a recipe for this was a sign :)

  8. Hi!
    Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

    Food for Thought

  9. Sounds similar to my recipe...this is my favorite happy hour snack! My mouth is watering for some!

  10. Yummy! I love bruschetta but have not tried making it myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Yum!! I love fresh tomatoes and basil! Definitely going to give this a try when my tomatoes ripen!

  12. I LOVE bruschetta! Now you have me craving it, so I'll have to make it this week. :) New follower of your beautiful blog! I would love it if you stopped by mine to say hi!

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  13. I think I will be buying lots of tomatoes at the farmers market and making some of this yumminess!

  14. Sounds Delish!

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  15. I just read this to my husband and now we're both hungry! Sounds delicious as usual :) Thanks for linking this up at Rub Some Dirt On It!

  16. This looks so fresh and yummy!!! Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Link Party every Saturday! We would love to have you come back tomorrow and link up some more amazing stuff! :)
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  17. that looks so yummy come see what I shared at

  18. which tomatoes are the best ..I generally use Roma , I have tried balsamic n it really gives a twist to the taste...simply great..I also add lil green red n yellow peppers gives nice color ..I just love bruschetta...


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