Bruschetta with Garlic Baguette Slices

Shanthi Appelo
Shanthi Appelo

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While bruschetta involves simple ingredients and a few simple steps, this appetizer is full of flavor. The bruschetta topping is prepared a traditional Italian way, leaning on the simplicity of the herbs and tomatoes to deliver mouthwatering bites. This first course features tomatoes as the star ingredient, which are loaded with fiber, great for gut and heart health, and contain lycopene, a heart-protective antioxidant.

Total Time:

22 minutes

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cooking Difficulty:


Serving Amount
  • 1 French baguette, sliced

  • Spray olive oil, or olive oil drizzle

  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • 2 tsp. dried oregano

  • Coarse salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp. fresh basil leaves, torn or cut in a chiffonade

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Step 2

    Place baguette slices on baking sheet and spray with oil. Top with spray oil, then garlic powder. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Step 3

    While the bread is baking, prepare the tomato mixture. In a bowl, add cherry tomatoes and mix with salt. To allow some moisture be released from the tomatoes, let sit about 5 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Rub oregano between your hands and add to the bowl, then drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix together and top with torn fresh basil leaves.

  • Step 5

    Top each toasted baguette slice with the tomato mixture and serve immediately.

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Photo credit: Shanthi Appelo / BCBSM

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