Pesto Bruschetta Recipe

One of my favorite things to order is bruschetta… I love all of the tomatoes and balsamic and flavors that mix together. I set out to make bruschetta as an appetizer for myself and K one night, but I went a little overboard on the basil, in part because I had beautiful basil from the supermarket, and in part because I was also going to make pesto to go along with my cremini “marsala” (recipe to come). I just lost track of what I was making at one time.

We ended up with a lovely pesto bruschetta, and it was fantastic. I cheated on the bread pieces, and got pre-toasted bread from Costco. Yum.

Pesto Bruschetta

basil leaves (I filled up the 4 oz bowl of my food processor)
3 tomatoes, skin removed
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves
bruschetta chips (or make your own with french bread by brushing with olive oil)
freshly grated parmesan

To skin tomatoes, first boil water and remove from heat; immediately place tomatoes in the hot water for one minute.

Remove the tomatoes and you’ll see that the skins peel right off.

Next slice open the tomatoes and remove the seeds and cores. Chop roughly.

Fill up your food processor with basil. Isn’t it beautiful? I processed the basil first to make more room for the other ingredients, but the end goal is to lump everything but the cheese and the bruschetta in.

Why not? Let’s add some cheese to the pesto.

Spoon the pesto over the bruschetta chips and top with a little bit of cheese. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!

I’m pleased to be linking this up with

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
EKat’s Kitchen :. a series of culinary experiments and digressions on life. © 2010-2011

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9 Responses

  1. What lovely bruschetta – a great way to raise the elegance of any gathering.

  2. Thanks Belinda! I also love caprese bites — they have the same result!

  3. Angelgirlpj says:

    Oh my goodness, I thought pesto was something hard to make. I may have to try it now :0)

  4. Chels says:

    Looks delicious!

  5. what a yummy idea looks awesome!

  6. Pesto and bruschetta has got to be an awesome combo! Come on over and share it if you’d like on my weekend blog hop for foodies and gardeners! Have a nice holiday weekend, Erin!

  7. Amy says:

    Love this simple appetizer! Delicious and refreshing. Hm….will be nice to serve before grilling meats for this long weekend.

    By the way, I’m hosting a little Giveaway on my blog. Please stop by to enter. Here’s the link:

    Thank you for sharing the lovely recipe and have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Erin,
    We just love a good Bruschetta and your recipe looks delicious. I have lots of wonderful herbs in my garden right now, just waiting for this recipe. Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  9. Miriam says:

    Now that’s an awesome appetizer! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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