For years, I have been making this fresh and vibrant appetizer for our guests, but I have never created an official recipe for it. I always get asked how I make it, so I am finally sharing the recipe for my Mediterranean Bruschetta Appetizer for all of you that have been asking for it.
I have always preferred stronger flavors and this Bruschetta does not disappoint in that area! This is one of those recipes, though, that you can easily moderate the flavors by using smaller amounts of the ingredients.
Most of my cooking is typically “off the hip”, so to speak. Typically, I do not do a lot of measuring and always adapt any recipes I am using to my own tastes. So, for this recipe, I took the time to make a couple of batches so I could record the measurements for you.
My Mediterranean Tomato Bruschetta Appetizer
Let’s start with the Bruschetta first. It is probable that most folks consider Bruschetta to be a tomato dish. However, Bruschetta is actually the French way the bread is prepared. What you top the bread with is totally up to you. You could use combinations of tomatoes, mushrooms, olives…to name a few.
The french preparation calls for drizzling olive oil over the sliced bread, toast it and then rub fresh garlic over it. I prefer not to touch garlic with my fingers, so I handle this step in a different way. I simply soak fresh minced garlic in the olive oil and then brush the mixture (with my basting brush) on each slice of bread after it is toasted.
In my opinion, french bread (in baguette form) is the best option. However, I prefer to eat gluten-free, so I just substitute my favorite gluten-free bread and prepare it the same way and voila!
A good, firm Roma tomato makes this dish, but you could certainly substitute other tomato varieties. For the onions, I use red onions for both the color and the subtle flavor. However, I have used both white and yellow onions throughout the years and it also works. Just use what you prefer.
In a pinch, I have used dried basil, but fresh is best! If you need to use dried basil, I would let the topping sit for a little while longer for the flavors to have a little more time to build.
Mediterranean Tomato Bruschetta Appetizer
This is a very healthy, vegan and fresh appetizer for any gathering. It would also be a great topping for grilled fish or chicken!
- 6 Roma Tomatoes
- 1/2 cup Onion I used red for the color
- 5 cloves Garlic minced
- 1/2 cup Crumbed Feta Cheese with Mediterranean Herbs
- 1/4 cup Fresh Basil chiffonade
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
- 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 3/4 tsp Holliday's House Seasoning salt, pepper, and garlic granules to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 cloves of minced garlic. Set aside.
Slice a French baguette into 1/2 slices on the diagonal.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
Once cooled, brush the baked bread with the garlic-infused olive oil.
Mediterranean Tomato Appetizer
Slice Roma tomatoes in half and press out the juices and seeds and discard.
Finely chop tomatoes and onions and add to a mixing bowl.
Mince 3 cloves of garlic and add to bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
Served immediately with prepared bruschetta.
This can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator. If stored for longer than an hour, refresh the tomato mixture with a dash or two of red wine vinegar.
Hopefully, you will enjoy this Mediterranean Tomato Bruschetta Appetizer as much as my friends and family do! It is so fresh and beautiful and full of complementary flavors. Let me know what you think!