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Roasted Garlic Bruschetta on parchment paper.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta, the perfect party appetizer that can be made mostly ahead of time. This elegant dish shines brightly with the simplest of ingredients.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Roasted Garlic Bruschetta
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 48 pieces
Calories 45kcal
Author Cathy


  • Two large sheet pans


For the tomatoes:

  • 3 lbs cherry and grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 head of garlic, separate out cloves, but leave the skin on
  • 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • large pinch coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, chopped

For the bread:

  • 2 rustic-style baguettes, sliced into 48 pieces (about 1/2" slices)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 large raw garlic cloves, peeled


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (275 F if you use your convection setting).
  • In a large bowl (ceramic or glass) toss tomatoes and garlic with two tablespoons of the olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread tomato mixture out evenly on two large rimmed baking sheets. (Do not use foil or parchment paper.) Bake tomatoes about 80-90 minutes or until the edges have dried up a bit. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Remove garlic pieces from the baking tray and squeeze out the roasted garlic into a bowl (ceramic or glass). Smash garlic with the back of a fork, breaking it up into separate pieces. (The goal is to not have the garlic clump together when you toss it with the tomatoes. Use your hands if necessary to break apart.)
  • Divide the balsamic vinegar evenly among the baking sheets and toss to coat with the tomatoes, scraping up any crusted bits to the pan with a wooden spoon. Add tomatoes and all pan juices to the bowl with the garlic. Add final tablespoon of olive oil and chopped basil. Toss together gently. This can sit covered at room temperature for a few hours.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (400 if you use your convection setting). You can also use the broiler if you choose.
  • Brush two large rimmed baking trays with olive oil. Place slices of baguette onto trays and brush the tops and sides of bread with remaining olive oil. Bake or broil the bread until the edges are brown and bread is a little crunchy; about 6-8 minutes. Remove from the oven and rub the tops of each slice with a raw garlic cloves.
  • Scoop tomato mixture onto the top of each baguette slice and place on a serving tray. Serve within the hour.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.9g | Protein: 1.4g | Fat: 1.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Sodium: 20.3mg | Potassium: 53.4mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 1.1g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.2mg