Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

A great use of crusty bread

A great use of crusty bread

We used to make this when people came over as an appetizer and made it recently when we had some leftover bread, some tomatoes from Liz and Greg’s garden and half a ball of mozzarella. Instant appetizer for two. I frequently do this as a make your own and do the garlic toasts and serve alongside a bowl of tomatoes and basil and some goat cheese, which is easily smearable on the bread. So simple and so delicious.


  • Crusty Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella
  • Basil


  1. Slice your bread into hand held slices and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Toast your bread under the broiler very carefully. Don’t let it burn and don’t get it too crispy.
  3. Pull the bread out and let it cool until you can handle it
  4. While you are toasting the bread and waiting for it to cool, chop the tomatoes and basil and toss together in a bowl with a little olive oil.
  5. Now that you can handle the bread without burning yourself, peel a clove of garlic and rub it all over the bread. Both sides if you want extra garlic goodness.
  6. Slice your mozzarella and top the bread with it.
  7. Toss it back under the broiler and let the mozzarella get all ooey gooey.
  8. Salt and pepper the tomato basil mixture and pile on top of the ooey gooey cheesy bread.