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Bruschetta is one of our favorite Italian starters. Whenever we visit Italian restaurants, Bruschetta is our default order. Some dishes are easy to cook and have minimal ingredients – bruschetta is one among them. Image Bruschetta: Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves: 2 Recipe Category: Appetizers & Snacks


Garlic Bread – 7 slices

Garlic – 2 pods, Finely Minced

Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, Halved Lengthwise

Dry basil – 1 tsp (Fresh basil is preferred. Since I didn’t  have them, I used dry basil)

Salt – as needed

Italian Seasoning – 1/2 tsp (Optional)

Olive oil – 1/2 tsp


  • Add olive oil to the skillet, over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir for about a minute. When garlic becomes golden brown, switch off the stove. Add tomato, salt and basil, give a gentle mix.  Transfer into a mixing bowl and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two, if possible


  • Before serving, give the tomato mixture a final stir, and spoon generously over the slices of Garlic bread

Image   Image My Notes:

  • I have used Grape tomatoes. You can also use chopped regular tomatoes/cherry tomatoes
  • I have tossed the tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes can be used as well

I tried this with French bread. It can be made with any other bread.

Garlic Bread

We never forget to order garlic bread while ordering pizza. Addicted to garlic bread, this is one of my favourite quick eat whenever I have French bread handy.


Garlic Bread:

Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves: 2

Recipe Category: Appetizers & Snacks


Garlic – 2 tsp, finely minced

Unsalted butter – 3 tbsp, room temperature

Dry Basil – 1 tsp

French  bread – 1/2 Loaf (I used Garlic and Herb Bread)

Cooking Spray/Oil – to grease (I used PAM olive oil spray)

Salt – as needed


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine minced garlic, butter, salt and basil  in a mixing bowl. I have cut diagonal pieces like this, to allow for more surface area, about 1 inch thick. Apply the garlic-butter mix on both sides of the bread pieces


  • Cook both side for about 5-10 min each till it reaches golden brown




My Notes:

  • You can add 1 tbsp of Parmesan cheese while preparing spread
  • Instead of French bread, you can even use White/wheat/multigrain bread
  • Instead of using oven, can also girll/use skillet to cook the bread
  • Instead of basil, you can even use parsley