Want to know how to make bruschetta the easy, make ahead way? You’re in the right place! Intensely delicious – this bruschetta recipe is simple, easy to follow and perfect for when you need to be that bit more organised! I mean, who wants to be rushing round doing food prep when you could be making yourself look fabulous instead?!
The problem: You’re hosting a party and you want to do as much in advance as possible. You also know that bruschetta is a ‘make right before serving thing’ to stop it from going soggy, so you never make it. This makes you sad because you LOVE it.
The solution: This bruschetta recipe guarantees soggy free, crazy delicious bruschetta that can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. Allowing you to enjoy more fun and less work! Sounds good right??
Pretty much always! We’re lucky enough to have vast amounts of fresh produce imports, meaning we have great tomatoes all year round. That being said, Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the freshest bruschetta. Why? Because that’s when our British tomatoes are at their absolute best!
I like to use on the vine tomatoes when they’re at their most ripe, but you could also use heirloom tomatoes, home grown, or whatever you can get your hands on. It’ll be delicious no matter what you choose!
You can make the topping up to 2 days in advance and the crispy baguette slices the day before. If the baguette slices begin to soften at all, you can crisp them back up by popping them into the oven for a few minutes.
I recommend topping the baguette slices right before serving to prevent them from going soggy too quick. Alternatively, you can serve the baguette and topping separately then allow your guests to assemble them instead.
Bruschetta topping is naturally gluten free but obviously the baguette isn’t. If you can find a good gluten free baguette from your local bakery or supermarket, great! If not, serve them with gluten free crackers instead.
Absolutely not! If you want amazing tasting bruschetta, only fresh basil will do.
You’ll want to allow the topping to marinade in the fridge over night (up to 2 days) then drain through a seive. This will round out the flavours and eliminate any excess liquid.
I also highly recommend oiling both sides of the baguette for a super crispy bruschetta base!
The answer to this is actually simpler than you’d think. We know tomatoes have a high water content and we need to get rid of it. How? Salt!
All you need to do is prepare the vegetables, stir through some salt and wait. 24-48 hours later, not only will the flavours be much more complex and mellow, but the salt will have drawn out a lot of the moisture. Simply sieve to drain then serve. You could also serve the crispy baguette slices separately to the bruschetta topping, allowing your guests to assemble. DIY bruschetta!
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Here is what you will need to make 24 servings.
First, deseed and dice the tomatoes (6 x medium ripe) and place them into a large bowl.
Then add the diced onion (1/2 medium), minced garlic (2 x cloves) and chopped basil (handful).
Next, add the salt (1/2 tsp) and sugar (pinch) and give it a really thorough mix.
Cover with two layers of cling film (or you’ll stink out your fridge!) and place into the fridge to marinade for up to 2 days.
Cut the baguette into slices, approximately 2cm thick. Any thinner and they might break apart, any thicker and you might hurt your guests jaws!
Preheat your oven to 210°C/Fan 200°C.
Using around 4 tbsp of the olive oil, brush each slice on both sides. (This will make them super crispy!) Then place them onto a large baking tray.
Bake in the preheated oven for 6 – 8 minutes until crisp and golden. Allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, take the bruschetta topping out the fridge and strain through a sieve. See all that liquid pouring out?! That’s going to stop your bruschetta from going soggy too quick…
Add the remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil to the tomato mixture and mix well. Now all you have to do is top the baguette slices with the tomatoes and arrange on a serving plate.
Alternatively, you could save time (and stop them from going soggy) by serving the baguette slices on a plate and the tomato mixture in a bowl next to them. That way your guests can top the bruschetta themselves!
For a final flare of flavour – serve with a balsamic glaze to drizzle over the top. It’s seriously delicious!
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