How To Make Italian Bruschetta Pomodoro

This Italian bruschetta pomodoro recipe is a classic appetizer that I make to kick off every single family gathering – all year round. It is so simple to put together and there are never any leftovers. A crowd-pleaser for sure!

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Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant, we typically opt for some type of bruschetta bread appetizer because carbs speak to my inner soul. Regardless of what time of year it is, the combination of tomatoes, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil ALWAYS works.

Of course, there are a few different variations to this delicious dish. I like to occasionally add some mozzarella or even some roasted garlic. Basically anything that has any ties to Italy belongs on tomato bruschetta bread. But this is the standard base – the foundation if you will!

If you can grasp this beginning then you can build on it however you’d like moving forward. Get creative by looking at what you have on hand. Once you understand the traditional recipe, the world is yours. 😉

Ingredients For Italian Bruschetta Pomodoro

  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 6 Campari tomatoes – chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of oregano
  • 3 tablespoons of red onion

How To Make Italian Bruschetta Pomodoro

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Pour a little olive oil on the bottom of your bowl and then drizzle some on the top of your cut up pieces of bread. We like to use a large loaf of seeded Italian bread. Salt and pepper this first layer.

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Next, top the pieces of bread with your chopped up tomatoes, basil, and red onion. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper.

Drizzle once more with olive oil making sure you get every piece. Let sit for 5 minutes.

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OPTIONAL: You could also top with balsamic glaze if you have some on hand, but we don’t typically do that. I don’t mind it when it comes out to me like this at a restaurant because I enjoy the flavor combination. But I am someone who likes dishes the way they were originally intended.

These simple flavors just work. You don’t need much more than these ingredients and odds are you have everything you need right now to try out this dish.

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Can I Make Italian Bruschetta Using Stale Bread?

Yes! You can make bruschetta pomodoro using stale bread. You just need to spend a little time working a little magic on the pieces. There are a few things you could do. You could:

  • Toast the pieces with a little garlic and olive oil to give them a bit of a crostini feel
  • Lightly dab the pieces in water and let them sit for about 5-10 minutes. DO NOT OVER SOAK. I usually just wet a paper towel and dab both sides until I feel like I got the top layer of every piece. There are some people that pour a little water into a bowl and let the bread sit in the water – this has NEVER worked for ME! Give it a try if you’d like.
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What Can I Add To This Italian Appetizer?

There are so many different delicious flavors you can add to this bruschetta recipe. Consider artichokes – my personal favorite – as the first thing to try out!

You could also add olives, roasted peppers, and roasted garlic if you have any on hand. These flavors all work really well together with this naturally Italian base.

However, you do not have to keep it to this palette profile. How about fig and goat cheese with a little honey? Yum and Yum!

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Italian Bruschetta Pomodoro

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Italian bread
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 6 Campari tomatoes - chopped
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of oregano
  • 3 tablespoons of red onion

Instructions

  1. Pour a little olive oil on the bottom of your bowl and then drizzle some on the top of your cut up pieces of bread. Salt and pepper.
  2. Next, top the pieces of bread with your chopped up tomatoes, basil, and red onion. Season with oregano, salt, and pepper. Drizzle once more with olive oil making sure you get every piece. Let sit for 5 minutes.

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