Recipe: Smashed Bruschetta


25th Sep 2014

I love my garden and all the yummy food it grows when we have a warm sunshine filled summer like we just did here in Vancouver. This summer one of my nearby neighbours had a table set out with a bunch of varieties of heirloom tomatoes he was selling for a small donation, such a score. I planted about 7 plants and put half in pots and the rest in my garden, the ones in the garden produced more tomatoes so I think I need bigger pots next year.  Among those were some of the tastiest roma tomatoes I have ever eaten, so when I had a bowlful of ripe red ones I decided to make smashed bruschetta, a personal favorite of mine that goes perfectly with a chilled glass of white wine.

This recipe is at it’s best when you can use freshly picked ingredients, for me that meant fresh tomatoes, basil and harvested garlic from my garden. I bought the french bread and red onion. We used our very nice Tuscan Olive Oil we bought on our honeymoon, which is an important step because good quality Olive Oil really brings out the flavors.

Ingredients – Serves 4

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of roughly chopped Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of roughly diced Red Onion
  • handful of fresh Basil
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced & 1 clove for smearing on hot grilled bread
  • good Olive Oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1.  Preheat the BBQ to 500 degrees to grill the bread (or use a stovetop grill pan in absence of BBQ)
  2. Chop up the Roma tomatoes & Red Onion and put into a mixing bowl
  3. Tear up fresh Basil & mince 2 Garlic cloves and add to mixing bowl
  4. Drizzle items in bowl with good quality Olive Oil until well coated and then add Salt & Pepper to taste
  5. Cut French Bread and brush on Olive Oil to tops of bread
  6. Grill the bread on the BBQ (or in grill pan) facing the olive oil tops down until they are a toasty golden coloured
  7. Turn off BBQ
  8. As you remove each piece of bread use a clove of garlic to rub onto the olive oiled side of the bread (it makes the most mouth watering roasted garlic smell) Oh and ask for help if you need it so the bread doesn’t burn on the grill or remove all the bread and then rub garlic
  9. Plate the roasted garlic bread and top each piece with a pile of bruschetta mix
  10. ENJOY!


2 Responses

  1. It looks absolutely delicious! The weather is nice and warm here, and it’s supposed to stay that way for the week-end, so I’m definitely going to try your recipe and we can have it with a nice glass of wine (although I’d rather be enjoying it with you, on your patio).
    P.S. Was Jeff not helping with getting the bread off the grill? ; )

  2. I made your recipe for bruschetta yesterday when Marc and Chantal came for a BBQ. So good…it flew off the plate!

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