Bruschetta Caprese is a summer appetizer made with a slice of lightly toasted bread, fresh ripe tomatoes, basil, and good quality mozzarella tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a simple appetizer that comes together in minutes and is always a crowd favorite!
Table of Contents
- Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella
- Ingredients for Bruschetta
- How to Make the Best Caprese Bruschetta
- What is Bruschetta?
- Best Bread to Use
- How Do You Keep Bruschetta from Getting Soggy?
- Tips for Success
- 5 star review
- Ways to Use Caprese Topping Leftovers
- Recipe FAQs
- Make-Ahead & Storing
- More Appetizer Ideas
- Bruschetta Caprese Printable Recipe
Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella
Caprese bruschetta is made with a thick slice of French bread that has been lightly toasted with a bit of olive oil, until beautifully crisp. It is then topped with a Caprese salad topping of juicy ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and soft mozzarella that has been tossed in a balsamic dressing. You could even finish it with a drizzle of balsamic glaze to really put it over the top!
Let me tell you when those juices drip down into that toasted bread, all of that flavor gets absorbed, and biting into both a crispy yet tender bite of flavor explosion, well, it is just something you’ll have to try for yourself!
Despite how amazing it is and how complex the flavors are, it couldn’t be more simple to make. So easy, in fact, you could make the topping the night before, and assemble it just before serving. It’s a simple way to serve a crowd and is one of the BEST appetizers around. Save some topping for later because it can be used in salads, sandwiches, and pasta!
Ingredients for Bruschetta
Homemade bruschetta is a simple appetizer that can be made in minutes! These ingredients can be stored or at the ready for your convenience. It is the perfect summertime appetizer to enjoy with friends and family!
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Tomatoes: Fresh cherry tomatoes sliced is the best way to enjoy the bite-sized flavor.
- Mozzarella: Save this fresh mozzarella cheese for more than one occasion. This will store in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks once opened.
- Olive oil: This will help crisp the bread as it is baking in the oven. It will turn a nice golden brown from the extra virgin olive oil drizzled over top.
- Balsamic vinegar: Always a classic Caprese ingredient. It adds that extra touch of flavor.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic is a popular ingredient that balances out the flavors in this Caprese bruschetta.
- Basil: Fresh basil leaves from your planters or store-bought bring in more color and tastes refreshingly delicious!
- French baguette: Slice the bread into small, even sections for easy chewing. These are the perfect hand-held appetizer for any get-together.
How to Make the Best Caprese Bruschetta
In four easy steps you will have an appetizer that your friends and family will love! It is a fresh and delicious appetizer to start any meal off right. Grab a bowl and start mixing this Italian combination!
- Mix. Combine the tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Prepare. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Slice and bake. Cut the French baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Lightly brush olive oil on the top. Bake until lightly toasted (about 3-5 minutes).
- Serve. Top bread with bruschetta right before serving. Serve and enjoy!
What is Bruschetta?
Bruschetta is an Italian word for bread that is stale or toasted. Originally meant to be coated in olive oil, rubbed with garlic, and sprinkled with salt, the bruschetta refers to just the bread. Anything on top of that is considered the topping.
Any variation to the topping gives the type of bruschetta its name, like in this Caprese-salad inspired version!
Best Bread to Use
As with any type of bruschetta, you want bread that is sturdy enough to hold the toppings but also one that will absorb the flavors without falling apart.
How Do You Keep Bruschetta from Getting Soggy?
Bruschetta is a simple and delicious appetizer that can be served in a few different ways! It is fun to toast the bread ahead of time and serve it on pretty platters or let the guests serve themselves. These are all great ways to ensure the bruschetta is served perfectly every time!
- Toasting. Toasting your bread is key. You can do this in the oven or in a skillet on the stove.
- Oil. Toasting your bread with olive oil is even better. It acts as a bit of a barrier once the bread has a topping. It is inevitable that your bread will get soggy over time, especially if you assemble it too far in advance.
- Assemble. The next important step to remember is not to assemble it until just before serving. Sure, you can make the topping ahead, and you can even toast the bread earlier on, but putting them together comes later.
- Serving. For fun, you could also serve the bread and top separately and have everyone serve themselves.
Tips for Success
You can’t go wrong making this caprese bruschetta! It is an Italian favorite with all the flavors. Use these helpful tips to make this an unforgettable appetizer every time your friends and family come over. Make your bruschetta caprese even easier with these ideas!
- Choose your tomatoes wisely. Fresh, ripe, and still relatively firm is what you’re looking for. If they are too ripe, there will be way too much juice. If they’re not ripe enough then you’re stuck with less flavor. Heirloom tomatoes work well, as do plum tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Whatever you do, don’t even think about using canned!
- Use good quality olive oil if you can. Whatever you have on hand will work, but this simple dish gives us so much flavor because of the quality of the ingredients.
- Add a few fresh herbs like parsley and oregano.
- Drizzle a bit of a balsamic glaze on top. It adds a layer of sweet and tangy flavor but it also looks beautiful.
- Fresh mozzarella is the way to go. Prepackaged will be hard and a bit waxy and throw the Caprese off balance.
- If you find your tomatoes to be too juicy after cutting, you can drain them immediately and sprinkle them with a bit of salt to draw out the liquid and drain what comes out of it. The remaining tomatoes should then be good to go.
5 star review
“Can’t get over what a tasty appetizer this makes. It’s a flavorful mix of crispy bread and soft cheese and one is just never enough!”-Izzy
Ways to Use Caprese Topping Leftovers
Bruschetta is a slice of toasted French or Italian bread topped with a tomato and basil mixture. Caprese is a salad made of basil, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes. I have simply combined the two for the best of both worlds!
Romas are commonly used but for this recipe, I prefer a pint of grape tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes could also be used. These small tomatoes are the perfect size to fit on top of your toasted bread.
If you will be serving this to dairy-free guests making it with fresh avocado is a great substitute. Toss the avocado with some lemon juice to prevent browning.
Make-Ahead & Storing
Bruschetta is perfect to prepare ahead of time as well as store any leftovers. The bread and bruschetta toppings are easy to separate as well as making it ahead of time. It is a simple recipe that can be versatile for any situation!
- To make ahead: Make the topping up to 24 hours in advance. Keep the topping in the fridge until ready to assemble and serve and taste how much more the flavors have come together. So good!
- To store: Once assembled, they should be eaten right away because they will get soggy eventually. You can keep the topping stored in the fridge in an airtight container for another couple of days to use as leftovers. The longer it sits, however, the juicier it gets.
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- Combine the tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Cut the french baguette into 1/2 inch slices. Lightly brush olive oil on the top. Bake until lightly toasted (about 3-5 minutes).
- Top bread with bruschetta right before serving. Serve and enjoy!
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