Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Caprese


 Classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

Pop quiz… when you go out to eat at an Italian restaurant, what’s your favorite appetizer to order?  My husband and I order bruschetta, just about every time.  We love it!  There’s just something about the simplicity of the ingredients, yet they really “pop” in your mouth.  

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

Now what’s better than some bruschetta?  Some bruschetta caprese!  All the flavors you know and love in a bruschetta, with the added richness of the creamy fresh mozzarella and deep flavors of the balsamic glaze.  You simply won’t be able to eat just one, I guarantee it!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

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Of course, if you wanted to, you could skip the mozzarella cheese component, or skip the whole caprese thing all together and just go with the fresh tomato and basil topping.  Seriously, you can’t go wrong!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

But you know I just had to go for that balsamic glaze… it’s like balsamic candy!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

Now, you guys know I like love am obsessed with garlic.  And you may be looking at these pictures and remembering a bruschetta you had somewhere that had garlic in it, and then wondering why I, of all people, would make a bruschetta recipe with no garlic in it!  Well it’s actually in there… I was just sneaky with it 😉

As much as I love garlic, I don’t really want to bite down on a piece of raw garlic, and also didn’t want to take the time to saute anything.  So here’s what I did… I sliced my baguette and drizzled them with a little olive oil, and broiled them for a few minutes until they were golden brown.  Then I peeled a couple cloves of garlic and sliced off just the top of the peeled clove.  While the bread was still pretty hot from the broiler, I rubbed the cut garlic all over each slice.  The heat sort of melts the garlic and it melts all in the nooks and crannies of the baguette slice.  Now there’s amazing garlic flavor in every bite, but no chunks of raw garlic!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

Hint hint… this trick is a great way to make garlic bread too!

Now I don’t know about you guys… but I can make an entire meal out of bruschetta.  It also makes a terrific appetizer, side dish, snack, lunch, etc 🙂

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

Yeahhhh I kinda want to lick the plate clean….

I’ve made this recipe with just about every type of tomato I can, and my personal favorite is the heirloom tomatoes.  The flavor is just so much more pronounced!  But a very close second, are red and yellow cherry (or grape) tomatoes.  They have more of a “snap” to them, so the tomato flavor really bursts in your mouth.

Normally I’d have a picture of some bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, but my little tomato mongrels, aka my children, ate all of them.  Man, they both LOVE tomatoes!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

I served these as a side dish/appetizer to go with my lemon chicken piccata, but it would be awesome with some stuffed Italian flank steak, slow cooker spaghetti bolognese, or have an appetizer night and serve them with some Italian sausage stuffed mushrooms!

The Chunky Chef | Classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!

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The Chunky Chef | A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!


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5 from 7 votes
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Caprese
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 
A recipe for classic bruschetta gets a gourmet twist by using sweet heirloom tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with a decadent balsamic reduction glaze!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 french baguette I used a whole wheat baguette
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 2-3 cloves garlic peeled and just the very top of the cloves sliced off
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes diced
  • leaves Several fresh basil minced
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
  • in Balsamic reduction glaze I use the one mentioned this post but you could make your own as well, for drizzling
Instructions
  1. Turn on broiler to HIGH.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Chop up tomatoes, basil and mozzarella and set aside.
  4. Slice baguette either straight across or at an angle for a longer slice of bread. Arrange slices on prepared baking sheet and drizzle lightly with olive oil.
  5. Broil for a few minutes, until golden brown. Be careful, bread can burn FAST!
  6. When the bread is toasted, take your peeled garlic cloves and rub it all over the hot bread.
  7. Top with a mixture of tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella.
  8. Drizzle on the balsamic glaze and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

** To make your own balsamic glaze: Add 1 cup balsamic vinegar and a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar to a small saucepan. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer over MED-HIGH heat, then lower heat to LOW and simmer for 10-15 minutes. It's finished when the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

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80 comments on “Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta Caprese”

  1. How gorgeous and delicious is this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  2. I’m so making this for a party I’m having next month! Perfect. Your pics are delicious btw!

  3. Bruschetta is such a great appetizer because you can add so many things to the tops! I love the freshness of the heirloom tomatoes in summertime and the creaminess of the cheese and the bite of the basil! Thanks for linking up to Saucy Saturdays!

  4. This looks so amazing and delicious.. Loving all the colors in it

  5. Looks delicious. Your photos are fab and look so fresh. #tryabitetuesdays

  6. Great minds think alike! I had a similar post on my blog this week. (I think your pictures are better:)) Cant beat a heirloom tomato, especially with that killer glaze! Yum! Cheers 🙂

  7. That looks as beautiful as it is delicious! The balsamic reduction really makes it pop.

  8. Oh yes this Bruschetta would have my name on it, awesome! Hope you are having a fantastic day and we are so excited that you shared your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Thanks so much and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. I know I am late to the party but I sure hope there are some left for me! I just adore heirloom tomatoes and like you, I love garlic and it is so perfect with tomatoes! Thank you for bringing this to Fiesta Friday! So yummy 🙂

  10. I love heirloom tomatoes and love caprese! And garlic? Of course! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  11. Wish I was having this now! So perfect for summer. Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  12. This recipe looks perfect for our homegrown tomatoes, Amanda! Found you at FBC and the #SaucySaturdays Link party. So pretty and perfect for summer. Thank you for sharing!

  13. These look great (good photography too!). I am coming to appreciate the joys of good vinegar! I will be giving these a try.

  14. Amanda, everything you make looks absolutely gorgeous! I love, love, love your blog. Looking forward to the next post! Cheers!

  15. These look so so dreamy Amanda.. makes you want to reach in and grab one! ANd guess what?? I just had wine roasted mushroom bruschettas too 🙂
    Go and check the SS link.. You have been FEATURED!! We LOVED your Hawaiin sliders…
    Thanks so much for an amazing dish and for linking up at #SaucySaturdays 🙂

  16. Wow, these photos look amazing! The recipe is awesome too. When I lived in Spain I found out about using garlic as a spread, what a brilliant idea!

  17. #inlovewithbruschetta! Hurray for bruschetta nights (yes, only bruschetta)!

  18. Love the “hidden” garlic technique! and your photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing. My mouth is watering!!!

  19. This looks delicious. Nothing beats the flavor of summer tomatoes.

  20. I love bruschetta, this looks awesome! Absolutely love the garlic trick too!

  21. Yum…looks so good…thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

  22. This recipe looks so delicious! I love bruschetta !

  23. Bruschetta is my favorite appetizer and this version looks absolutely divine! I can’t wait to try it this weekend when my daughter comes home for a short visit. She will love it as well as she is used to delicious food in NYC. She will feel like she is still there!

  24. Bruschetta ROCKS!! But these rock even more!! They looks gorgeous! <3 Plus anything with Balsamic syrup, I. Am. There! I can drink the stuff 😉 AND I know what you mean about making a meal from these… I have in the past and it has been amazing!
    Definitely need to get me some heirloom tomatoes to have this! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Dini!! We’re actually having these again tonight with some spaghetti and I’m totally looking forward to the bruschetta (and that balsamic!) more than the pasta 😉

  25. Yummy! This looks great! Happy FF 🙂

  26. What a perfect use for all of my garden fresh tomatoes! I LOVE the balsamic drizzle (I could drink the stuff I love it so much!) Beautiful pics too!

  27. Having just moved into a new (to us) home, I don’t have one single tomato plant this year, but I am ready to head to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday morning and stock up on some amazing home grown tomatoes to whip up some of this heavenly bruschetta! Not only will it taste amazing, but using those heirloom multi-colored tomatoes makes it look amazing. I would sure love it if you would come by and share this with my readers on Sunday at my Celebrate it Sunday Link Party!

  28. I like the imagery in describing your glaze as balsamic candy. Million dollar idea, right there! This sounds so summery, I’m wishing it were dinner right now!

  29. Love the bright colors. This dish came together so well. I always skip the mozzarella cheese because I have a milk allergy. My sister thinks it’s a funny dish to like without the cheese, but I think it’s delicious! Happy FF, and have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  30. This looks so delicious! And your photos are so beautiful! The balsamic drizzle on top = YUM!

  31. The pictures just want me to grab one of these…wonderful delicious shots…

  32. These are beautiful! Bruschetta is one of my favorites too. I live in Italy and I can tell you the rubbing of the garlic is exactly how our favorite restaurant prepares their bruschetta. Very simple. Don’t be shy with the olive oil or salt! Such good stuff! There’s nothing better than a fresh, ripe tomato! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

  33. Beautiful! The colors on this bruschetta are lovely! Nicely done!

  34. OMG!! I love bruschetta!! Just please send me a big platter of this and we’ll be friends forever 🙂 Seriously.

  35. Looks really delicious! And I love all the photos! Makes me really want to make it right now! Yum!

    Great blog you have here by the way. 🙂

    Greetings from Sweden!

  36. I love mozzarella and garlic too! Especially together. Especially when it’s pizza. Or bruschetta 🙂 This recipe looks great.

  37. What a beautiful and simple way to “amp up” bruschetta. I love the idea of a balsamic glaze. Summer tomatoes are the best! I could eat them at every meal and this would be an easy way to do that.

  38. I’m so happy it’s tomato season! Great pics! Looks delish!

  39. Delicious and it makes such a show stopping dish to serve with any meal or as an appetizer!

  40. Love bruschetta! I’m with you, I would totally eat this for an entire meal! Love a garlic rub on bread and that balsamic reduction looks amazing! I could eat it with a spoon 🙂