Fresh garden tomatoes are the best and there's nothing like our bruschetta with tomato and creamy feta to show them off! If you're looking for an Italian appetizer, an easy party appetizer, or even a simple lunch, we've got you covered with this delicious homemade tomato bruschetta recipe.
Crostini vs. Bruschetta
Crostini means "little toasts." They are thin slices of toasted bread, usually brushed with olive oil. Bruschetta is translated from Italian as slices of bread toasted and seasoned with garlic, olive oil and salt. Different toppings are usually served on bruschetta. Our recipe would be considered "bruschetta al pomodoro" or in English "bruschetta with tomatoes." In our recipe, even thought the toasted bread would actually be considered "crostini," we'll refer to it as "bruschetta." We'll refer to our tomato topping as the tomato topping, and we'll call our finished product bruschetta with tomato and creamy feta.
To make the bruschetta, simply slice a baguette into approximately ½ inch diagonal slices. Next place them on a cookie sheet and brush lightly with olive oil. We like to lightly toast them in the oven for 5-6 minutes until they are barely crisp.
Prepping the tomatoes
Dice the tomatoes to about ¼ inch dice. Then place them in a colander to drain for at least ten minutes. This will take out a lot of the juice. Even then, you'll need to use a slotted spoon to reduce liquid when placing your tomato topping on the bruschetta.
How to make tomato topping
The tomato topping we'll add to the bruschetta is the star of the show! We combine the diced fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic, shallots olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper for the recipe. See directions on how to chiffonade basil right here. The ingredients combine for a bright, flavorful combo! You can make this up to four hours ahead of time.
Whipped feta recipe
Adding some pzazz to this recipe, we're adding a layer of whipped feta under the tomato topping. Feta cheese is whipped together with cream cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest, plus a pinch of pepper. This really brightens up an already tasty dish.
Put it all together!
To assemble the appetizers, just spread each bread slice with about a teaspoon of whipped feta, then add a spoonful of tomato topping mixture and sprinkle with some extra basil ribbons.
You're gonna love this recipe during tomato season! The truth is, you can make it all year long with readily available tomatoes at your local market.
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Bruschetta with Tomato and Creamy Feta
- 1 long French baguette
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
For Creamy Feta
- 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ cup cream cheese
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For Tomato Topping
- 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 3 Tablespoons shallots minced
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 2 pounds ripe garden tomatoes diced to ¼ inch
- 3 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves cut in chiffonade ribbons
- 20 to 25 ½-inch-thick diagonal baguette slices, toasted
- 2 Tablespoons extra fresh basil leaves cut in ribbons (for garnish)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice a baguette into ½ inch, slightly diagonal slices with a serrated knife and place on cookie sheet(s).
- Brush olive oil lightly over each slice of bread. Place in oven for 5-6 minutes or until lightly toasted.
- Place feta and cream cheese in the bowl of food processor with metal blade. Pulse until blended.
- Add ¼ cup olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and process until blended.
- Cut tomatoes to ¼ inch dice and place in colander to drain for 10 minutes.
- Combine garlic, shallots and vinegar in a bowl. Mix in olive oil, salt and pepper. Add diced tomatoes and basil ribbons, then stir gently.
- Spread each bread slice with about 1 teaspoon creamed feta mixture.
- Place 1 Tablespoon of tomato atop feta (use a slotted spoon to remove extra liquid). Sprinkle with extra basil ribbons to serve.
- Make tomato topping about an hour before serving so flavors can blend.
- You can also serve separate bowls of bruschetta, feta and tomato mixture and let guests assemble their own.
Made these tasty bruschetta tonight and WOW! The lemon in the whipped feta cheese really takes the flavor up to a new level! I veganized this recipe by substituting Violife feta and cream cheese - very smooth and creamy. This recipe is definitely one to try!