Traditional Bruschetta

Traditional Bruschetta


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About this recipe: Slices of bread are brushed with a garlic-infused olive oil, toasted and then topped with a wonderful mixture of chopped tomatoes, garlic, shallots, basil and lemon juice. Enjoy as finger food or a starter.


Serves: 16 

  • 12 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 40g fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 75ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 450g ciabatta bread, cut into 1.25cm slices

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:7min  ›  Ready in:22min 

  1. In a large bowl, toss together the plum tomatoes, finely chopped garlic, shallots, basil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and 75ml olive oil.
  2. Place the finely sliced garlic and 4 tablespoons olive oil in small saucepan over medium heat. Slowly cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes. Discard garlic.
  3. Toast the bread slices, brush with the olive oil heated with garlic. Top slices with the tomato mixture.

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Reviews (3)


I've tried the simple recipe as a starter twice - once for 13 people and then for 4. Worked very well both times and was very well received. Both times I added some parmesan shavings but enhanced the flavour of the mix. - 06 May 2014


Quick and delicious - 17 Oct 2012


Really easy to make with delicious results! I didn't have shallots so I used spring onions instead. I didn't have fresh basil either, but dried basil did the job (though I will try to use fresh next time). Will definitely make this again! - 18 Sep 2012

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