It’s tomato season!! Take advantage now!  One of the easiest side dishes to make for you meal, or even as an appetizer to a party is Bruschetta.


  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced basil leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, 2 peeled and smashed, 1 peeled and sliced in half
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and peppet to taste
  • 4 sliced of thick italian bread (I used Tuscan Italian Herbed bread from The Breadsmith located in Lakewood, Ohio.)
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Mix tomoatoes, basil, 2 smashed garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and let sit to let the flavors merry!
  2. Meanwhile, toast thick slices of bread.  If unable to fit in your toaster you can toast them in your oven on the Broil setting- make sure you turn so each side gets toasted.
  3. Once the bread is toasted rub the sliced garlic clove on each side of the bread while still warm.
  4. Next top the sliced pieces of bread with tomato mixture. (Be sure to take out the garlic cloves!!)
  5. Topped with fresh parmesan cheese if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

You can make more or less of this, depending on how many people you are serving.  You can also use a french baguette to have smaller slices, or use italian, tuscan, or your bread of choice!!

Molly Jean


2 responses »

  1. Wow, I really need to make bruschetta this tomato season! My husband and I like that so much. I’ve made it ever since we had it at this really expensive restaurant and I was like, “I can make this just as good at home, I’m sure!!” 😀

    You have an interesting story – I bet you do get to try lots of awesome food in Cleveland’s restaurants! Such a nice area. (We will be there a day this week.)


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