I have loved bruschetta from the very first time I tasted it years ago in a little Italian restaurant! This Grilled Tomato Bruschetta recipe is really just fantastic! All the flavors of a traditional tomato bruschetta you would normally have in an upscale Italian place. Although it also has a wonderful grilled vegetable flavor which in my mind really puts it over the top!
If you are looking to pair this great appetizer with an Italian-inspired dinner, check out this Copycat Buca Di Beppo Chicken Saltimbocca recipe. And for dessert, maybe try this White Chocolate Raspberry Tiramisu!
Best of all, you can make this on your indoor or outdoor grill. I live in the great white north, and I grill outdoors all year round, although some days it can be challenging. Especially when the temperature drops below -20 degrees Celcius (about -4 F) and the wind is howling! So I thought, let’s try to make this on my indoor grill; it was so easy and worked perfectly!!
Not only is this recipe easy and straightforward, but you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. You just have to take it out and allow it to come up to room temperature before serving. I love appetizers that are both super tasty and versatile!
What do you need to make grilled Tomato Bruschetta?
Nothing magical here with the ingredients. If you have made bruschetta before, you will be familiar with everything you need. The twist is in the process; when you roast the veggies, the flavor profile changes for the better!
- Roma tomatoes
- Sweet onion
- Olive oil
- Sundried tomatoes
- Garlic, minced
- Kosher salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Red chili flakes (optional)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Fresh basil leaves
HOw to Make grilled Tomato BRuschetta
Start by preheating your indoor grill while you prepare the ingredients. Slice the baguette on the bias into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Lay them out on a tray or large cutting board. Brush both sides of each slice with olive oil and toast in batches on your grill, then set aside.
While the baguette slices are toasting, combine the sundried tomato, garlic, Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, balsamic vinegar, and red pepper flakes (if using) in a bowl.
Slice the onion into 1/4 inch slices, so they are ready for the grill.
Grill the onions until they have softened and have nice grill marks on them. Remove them from the grill and allow them to cool. BTW if you are grilling your vegetables on an outdoor grill, you need to use a BBQ wok. They work great and are perfect for a grilling task such as this!
Slice the tomatoes in half and grill them until softened and are slightly charred. Once the onions and tomatoes have cooled enough to handle, dice them and add them to the bowl of spices.
Then add the grated parmesan cheese and basil to the bowl. Gently stir to combine the ingredients. Taste and adjust the seasonings by adding more Kosher salt or fresh ground pepper if needed.
Carefully spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the bruschetta on each of the toasted baguette slices. Arrange them on a serving platter and drizzle each with extra virgin olive oil.
This appetizer is the perfect start to an elegant dinner. You can also serve these tasty bites at your next cocktail party. They would also be a hit at your next game day gathering! The fact that you can make it ahead of time is an added bonus.
Look at how great that looks! It’s a 2 to 3 bite treat that everyone will enjoy! Best of all, it tastes as good (or better) than restaurant or store-bought!
If you are a true bruschetta aficionado, you may have your own recipe, but honestly, you owe it to yourself to try this recipe! Everyone I have served it to tells me it is the best bruschetta they have ever tasted!
You can add a little feta or goat cheese with or in place of the parmesan if you really need to. You could even top your bruschetta with a little more garlic or more balsamic vinegar, but I think you will find you don’t need to.
I do know that you definitely need to add this recipe to your appetizers repertoire because this is one treat you need to serve to your friends and family!
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- 1 Baguette
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- ½ Sweet onion, sliced
- ¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- 2 Tbsp sundried tomatoes, chopped
- 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 2 Tsp Kosher salt
- 1 Tsp fresh ground pepper
- Pinch of red chili flakes (optional)
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 cup parmesan, grated
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil, Chiffonade
You can make this ahead of time, cover it, and refrigerate it until serving. If you do, don’t add the Chiffonade basil or the grated parmesan cheese or spoon the bruschetta onto the baguette toasts until you are ready to serve.
Remove the bruschetta from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to allow it to come up to room temperature.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 1275mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 12g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.