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Bruschetta with Mozzarella

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
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If you're looking for the perfect appetizer, this Bruschetta with Mozzarella recipe is it! It's an easy recipe, taking only 20 minutes to make and is so flavorful, you'll be hooked at first bite!

Sliced bread toasted in olive oil and rubbed with garlic cloves topped with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese - it's beyond delicious.

If you love this recipe, you'll love my Chicken Caprese Sandwich and Caprese Grilled Chicken!

bruschetta with mozzarella garnished with fresh basil.

I love a good appetizer, especially one that requires minimal cooking and tastes amazing. This bruschetta recipe is ideal because it's SO good and is so easy to make.

You simply toast the bread, combine a few simple ingredients, and enjoy the two together and you've got a dish that's a great finger food and can easily double as a main course that's perfect for brunch, entertaining, and quaint gatherings.

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sliced bread topped with bruschetta and mozzarella.

I found out last year that Maryland is known for their juicy tomatoes. Since it's officially tomato season, I wanted a recipe that incorporated one of my favorite fruits that was perfect during the warmer months.

So, I went to my nearest farmer's market and picked up some of the most beautiful juicy plump tomatoes that I found find. I made this bruschetta mozzarella and WOW. Just wow. It was so good.

Full of fresh garlic, juicy sweet tomatoes, and of course balsamic vinegar for added flavor all on top of french baguette slices - let me tell you, this easy appetizer is a hit.

What is Bruschetta?

Bruschetta is bread that's been toasted or grilled and topped with olive oil and rubbed with garlic. It's usually topped with tomatoes and fresh herbs.

This recipe adds mozzarella cheese and kind of makes a little caprese salad topping (one of my favorite Italian recipes).

What You'll Need

ingredients to make bruschetta with mozzarella - tomatoes, mozzarella, garlic, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, olive oil, and bread.

The key to the recipe is good quality ingredients - specifically fresh ingredients! I also love topping the tomato bruschetta with a little Parmesan and flaky sea salt.

  • Bread: pagnotta bread, an Italian bread, is used for traditional bruschetta, however, I could not find this in the grocery store. I use a french baguette for this mozzarella bruschetta recipe. It's a nice crusty bread that hold the tomato mixture well. Other types of bread that work are sourdough or even ciabatta bread. Whatever bread you use, this will turn out to be the perfect bruschetta!
  • Basil: fresh basil is best for this recipe! It imparts the most flavor and really adds a nice touch of freshness to this dish.
  • Tomatoes: I used vine ripe tomatoes but you can also use Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, or heirloom tomatoes!
  • Garlic: This recipe calls for fresh clove of garlic, diced finely to release all of that flavor.
  • Tangy Balsamic vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive oil: these two ingredients really make the tomato mixture come to life!
  • Mozzarella: I recommend using mozzarella pearls / mini mozzarella balls and cutting them into small bits. However, you can also use shredded mozzarella.

Optional: if you'd like to add a drizzle of balsamic glaze on top of the toasted bread, it's delicious and I highly recommend it!

You'll also need a large baking sheet to toast the bread slices and a large bowl for the bruschetta mixture. I also recommend using a sharp knife to cut the tomatoes into small pieces.

Substitutions

  • Use gluten-free bread for a gluten free option.
  • Try using a vegan mozzarella for a vegan bruschetta with mozzarella!

How to Make The Best Bruschetta with Mozzarella

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice your baguette/bread into thick slices with a serrated knife. Place the slices of bread onto a large baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Toast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. (You can also use a toaster oven)
  • While the bread is toasting, make the tomato topping. Combine diced tomatoes and garlic, mozzarella, chopped basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper and toss together in a bowl. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Cut a garlic clove in half and rub each piece of the toasted baguette. (Pro tip) Use a slotted spoon to spoon tomato mixture on top of the bread. This helps prevent too much liquid getting onto the bread.
  • Top with flake salt, balsamic glaze, grated Parmesan, and flake salt!

More Bruschetta Toppings

  • Smear a single layer of cream cheese on top of the slices of baguette before adding the tomato topping for a super creamy mozzarella appetizer.
  • Adding diced red onion to the tomato mixture gives this easy bruschetta recipe a nice pop of flavor. Try doing this to elevate your dish!
  • Add a slice of cheese: I recommend using mozzarella or Parmesan cheese.

Tips

Although this recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and is easy to make, there are a few tips that really make this an excellent bruschetta.

  • Try to use the freshest ingredients that you can find - this includes everything from freshly cracked black pepper to fresh basil and tomatoes etc.
  • If you have time, toast the bread on the grill instead of the oven. This adds SO much flavor to the dish!
  • If you're using larger tomatoes, try to remove as much of the seeds as possible.
  • Use your favorite garlic bread if you're having a hard time finding a baguette.
  • Allow the topping to sit in the refrigerator at about 10 minutes so that the flavors can marinate and come together.
bruschetta with mozzarella topped with fresh basil on a wooden board.

Recipe FAQs

Do you eat bruschetta hot or cold?

Bruschetta is eaten after it's been toasted or grilled so the bread itself is eaten hot, while the toppings are typically served cold or room temperature.

Is bruschetta the bread or the topping?

Bruschetta refers to the bread itself.

Can bruschetta be made ahead of time?

I recommend making bruschetta just before serving so that the bread is nice and fresh. You can however prepare the topping the night before serving.

How long do leftovers last and how do you store?

If you have any leftovers, the tomato topping can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Any leftover bread can be stored in a ziploc bag.

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sliced bread topped with bruschetta and mozzarella.

Bruschetta with Mozzarella

If you're looking for the perfect appetizer, this Bruschetta with Mozzarella recipe is it! It's an easy recipe taking only 20 minutes to make!
Serving: 8
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Calories: 43kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 Vine ripe tomatoes , diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic , diced
  • 10 Basil leaves , chopped
  • 2 tbsps Olive oil
  • 2 tbsps Balsamic Vinegar
  • cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese , for topping (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice your baguette/bread into thick slices with a serrated knife. Place the slices of bread onto a large baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Toast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
  • While the bread is toasting, make the tomato topping. Combine diced tomatoes and garlic, mozzarella, chopped basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper and toss together in a bowl. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.Cut a garlic clove in half and rub each piece of the toasted baguette.
  • Use a slotted spoon to spoon tomato mixture on top of the bread. This helps prevent too much liquid getting onto the bread. Top with flake salt, balsamic glaze, grated parmesan, and flake salt!

Notes

Tips
Although this recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and is easy to make, there are a few tips that really make this an excellent bruschetta.
  • Try to use the freshest ingredients that you can find - this includes everything from freshly cracked black pepper to fresh basil and tomatoes etc.
  • If you have time, toast the bread on the grill instead of the oven. This adds SO much flavor to the dish!
  • If you're using larger tomatoes, try to remove as much of the seeds as possible.
  • Use your favorite garlic bread if you're having a hard time finding a baguette.
  • Allow the topping to sit in the refrigerator at about 10 minutes so that the flavors can marinate and come together.
Substitutions
  • Use gluten-free bread for a gluten free option.
  • Try using a vegan mozzarella for a vegan bruschetta with mozzarella!

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian

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