Are you looking for a comforting winter snack? This Winter Tomato Bruschetta is the perfect plate, offering a burst of freshness and flavour during the colder months. The combination of ripe tomatoes, aromatic basil, and the slight tang of balsamic vinegar is a delightful contrast to the warm, toasted baguette. Whether you serve it at a winter gathering or simply as a cozy snack by the fireplace, it’s sure to brighten your winter days!
4 ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 French baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1/4 cup vegan or regular cream cheese (optional)
Step 1 – Prepare the Tomato Topping: In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, red onion, minced garlic, and fresh basil. Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Gently toss to combine all the ingredients. Set aside and allow the flavours to meld while you prepare the baguette slices.
Step 2 – Toast the Baguette: Preheat your oven’s broiler or a toaster oven. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and lightly toast them under the broiler for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until they become golden brown.
Step 3 – Spread Cream Cheese (Optional): If you’d like to add a creamy layer to your bruschetta, spread a thin layer of vegan or regular cream cheese on each toasted baguette slice.
Step 4 – Top with Tomato Mixture: Spoon a generous portion of the tomato topping onto each baguette slice. Make sure to include a good balance of tomatoes, onions, and fresh basil.
Step 5 – Serve: Arrange your winter tomato bruschetta on a serving platter, and garnish with additional fresh basil leaves. These can be enjoyed immediately while they’re still warm.