Too Many Tomatoes Bruschetta


I’ve been enjoying Rachel’s Emerging Adult Eats blog where she writes about her meticulously planned meals, and I must admit I’m feeling a little guilty about sharing another recipe that I made without much forethought. Sometimes I have a plan, tweaking a recipe, shopping for ingredients, locating cookware and photograph-worthy dishware. More often I’m driven by the need to consume whatever we bought before it goes bad. We’re not one of those TV-statistic families that throws away 25% of the food we buy. We actually eat it. This time of year we’re buying end-of-season tomatoes by the basketful, so bruschetta is on the menu tonight.


  • Half pound of tomatoes, hand chopped and strained
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of red onion, diced
  • Several chopped fresh basil leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • Splash of olive oil or balsamic salad dressing
  • Sprinkle of Italian herbs or oregano
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Bread for serving

Straining the chopped tomatoes makes a dryer bruschetta and keeps the bread from getting saturated. Gently mix the tomatoes, garlic, parmesan cheese, onion, basil, and herbs in a bowl. Drizzle the olive oil or balsamic dressing over the mixture. The balsamic vinegar adds tang but a good extra virgin olive oil is just as good. Salt and pepper to taste.

Bruschetta is typically served on French bread but most long rolls will work just as well. I keep Calandra rolls and Ciabatta finger rolls on hand in the freezer. Avoid using soft bread or potato rolls as they get soggy. Cut a long roll lengthwise and then in half. Brush the inside with olive oil and toast in the toaster oven.

Published by J Reilly

I've been writing the Boozy Lifestyle blog since 2014 and recently expanded upon it to create my new book, Boozy Lifestyle: Elevate The Everyday With Booze As Your Muse. The book is a collection of stories celebrating and inspiring everyday life with entertaining tales of wine, food, booze, travel, and family, and including over 50 food and drink recipes. Visit me on Twitter at J Reilly@Boozy_Lifestyle or

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