Looking for a quick and fresh appetizer option? This Caprese Brushcetta with Balsamic is a crowd-pleaser year-round.
With the perfect balance of sweet and salty, the fresh ingredients bring delicious flavor to every bite. And the cheese? Well, that’s just the cherry on top!
Caprese Bruschetta Tips and Tricks
Use Mostly Fresh Ingredients
Fresh ingredients like fresh basil instead of dried basil and fresh garlic instead of garlic powder go a long way in this Caprese Bruschetta.
But what may surprise you is that there is one ingredient that doesn’t necessarily have to be fresh—the bread!
As an environmental scientist, I’m always trying to keep the issue of food waste front of mind. And toasting your bread in the oven with some high moisture cheese and topping it with fresh juicy ingredients is one of the best ways to revive your stale bread!
Green tip: Bread is one of the most wasted food products in the U.S. because of our tendency to throw it out as soon as it’s stale. Reduce your contribution to food waste by re-vamping your stale bread with this Caprese Bruschetta!
If your bread is stale, add just a few drops of water on the baking sheet around your bread as it toasts in the oven. We’re talking just a little sprinkling. I usually just wet my hand and then flick some water onto the baking sheet before placing my bread slices on it.
We really want the tomato, onion, garlic, and basil to be present in every bite! To achieve this, simply chop your fresh ingredients finely and stir them all up together.
You’ll add salt, pepper, and olive oil to your fresh ingredients as well. It will all sit and marinate together for a few minutes while your bread and cheese are toasting in the oven.
Should You Have Leftovers
If you have leftover bruschetta topping (the fresh tomato mixture), save it! It will last in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days if you cover it.
You can make more bruschetta with it, add it to a pasta salad, or even add it to some smashed avocado for a quick guacamole!
If you have fully dressed pieces of bread leftover, it’s best to scrape the topping off and store it separately in the fridge. Toast your leftover cheesy bread in the preheated oven at 400°F for about 5 minutes and then add your topping back on top again!
Green tip: Growing your own herbs is a delicious way to reduce your environmental footprint. Homegrown basil has zero associated food miles, no pesky plastic packaging, and is free from damaging fertilizers and chemicals. Plus, they are just so fresh and flavorful.
Balsamic Vinegar vs Balsamic Glaze
Balsamic glaze is just balsamic vinegar that is reduced down to have less water content and thicken. You can absolutely use balsamic vinegar in place of balsamic glaze, it’ll just be a little more liquidy.
You can also opt to reduce your balsamic vinaigrette to make a balsamic glaze. You can find directions to do so here.
Why You Should Make this Caprese Bruschetta
- It’s fresh. Packed with fresh flavor from the tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs.
- It’s quick. Have it on the table in under 20 minutes.
- It’s a crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t like cheesy carbs topped with fresh fare?