Tomato bruschetta with balsamic glaze (Recipe)

An easy tomato bruschetta recipe, that can be served as an appetizer or a savory snack. With accompaniments, drinks suggestions and more.
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This Recipe uses:

  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Smoked ham (jambon cru)
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Red onion
  • Lemon
  • Toasted bread or baguette
  • (Optional) balsamic vinegar

If you are looking for a delicious, quick, and most important healthy recipe, then tomato bruschetta is the perfect snack to munch on. It is most commonly associated with the Mediterranean region and as a result, especially during the hot summer months.

Toppings for bruschetta usually range from cheese to a wide variety of vegetables. My favorite however is a light provençale-style bruschetta, with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and jambon cru (smoked ham).

It can be served as an appetizer or starter, but can also be served along side a salad or soup for a light lunch. So let’s get cooking, shall we? Allons-y!

Using fresh tomatoes

You can use any type of fresh tomatoes you like, although you may like to mix up a couple of different types in order to add an extra oomph to the taste. Some tomatoes that you can use are:

  • Tomatoes on the vine – juicy and slightly sweet tomatoes that are left on the vine until they are fully ripened
  • Cherry tomatoes – small, round, and crisp tomatoes
  • Roma tomatoes –  Italian plum tomatoes which are full of flavor with a tangy taste.

Look for ripe tomatoes at your local grocery store or farmers’ market, and mix and match as you like.

Types of Bread

You can use toasted bread that is already prepared, or you can make your own. A baguette is always an easy winner, but you can also try a Pain de campagne meaning “country bread” that is baked in large loaves to feed the full family.

Whatever type of bread you decide to get, just slice into small pieces and toast in the oven for 5 minutes before putting on your topping.

Frequently asked questions

What to serve with it?

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Along with bruschetta, consider serving a lighter meal like salad niçoise or a pasta dish like carbonara scallop pasta. Other serving ideas are alongside a chicken blanquette or sautéed calamari.

What drinks to serve with it?

two wine glasses

For drinks, try a red wine from Beaujolais or the Languedoc-Roussillon.

If you don’t like red wine, try a chilled white from Provence. You can read more about French wines here.

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Tomato and ham bruschetta (Recipe)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy French-style bruschetta recipe, with tomatoes, ham (jambon cru) and balsamic glaze.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • juice from a 1/4 lemon
  • 2-3 leaves of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • (Optional) 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 Toasted bread or baguette slices

Instructions

  1. Using a fork and a sharp knife, cut the tomatoes into small chunks and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the onion and parsley and add to the chopped tomato mixture.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the ham) and mix in.
  4. Place in the fridge for around 10 minutes.
  5. Lay out the toasted bread on a baking sheet.
  6. Start preheating the oven at at 375°F (190°C).
  7. Gently scoop out the tomato mixture onto each piece of bread.
  8. Top off each piece of bread with a small piece of ham.
  9. (Optional) Place the baking sheet in a preheated oven for 5 minutes at 375°F (190°C).
  10. Serve while warm or room temperature.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.

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If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic French recipes that are easy to prepare. Bon appétit and à bientôt!

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