Also known as crostini or tartine, this is what I call stuff on toast, an easy appetizer with Mediterranean flavors great for a holiday party, casual gatherings, potlucks, movie and game nights. It's creamy and crunchy, easy to put together and delicious. Our homemade French bread works especially well for this recipe.
Sun-dried tomato bruschetta is a simple and tasty appetizer or snack. Perfect for holiday parties or casual gatherings when finger food is required.
A crunchy piece of bread is topped with a well-seasoned creamy mix of soft cheeses, drained sun-dried tomatoes and a sprinkle of chives or scallions.
The result is a mix of sweet, tangy, and savory tastes in each bite. Serve them as small, easy-to-eat portions.
What are sun-dried tomatoes?
These are ripe tomatoes dried out in the sun or a dehydrator, which concentrates their flavor and gives them a chewy texture.
You can purchase sun-dried tomato halves on their own that need to be hydrated in boiling water or liquid, or sun-dried tomatoes in oil or brine that keeps them softer and can be used directly, especially if they're already cut into strips or julienned.
- Sun-dried tomatoes: you can purchase sun-dried tomato halves on their own that need to be hydrated in boiling water, or sun-dried tomatoes in oil or brine that keeps them softer and can be used directly, especially if they're already cut into strips or julienned.
- Bread: baguettes are excellent due to their diameter. Ciabatta can also work. If you only have larger bread available (like a batard or sourdough), cut the slices in half.
- Cream cheese: regular, full-fat for a richer appetizer.
- Feta or ricotta cheese: the former is saltier and crumblier; the latter is creamier and sweeter.
- Oil: extra virgin olive oil is my choice, but you can use other vegetable oils, like sunflower or canola.
- Garlic cloves.
- Herbs: basil, oregano and thyme, on their own or a mix, work well with the rest of the flavors. Dried herbs are stronger than fresh ones, so adjust accordingly.
- Salt and pepper.
- Green onions, chives or scallions: they add acidity and onion flavor that is needed and work well to balance the richness of the cheese.
See the recipe card towards the end of this post for quantities. You can check the Ingredients page for more details and the brands we use.
Variations & substitutions
- Avocado: incorporate slices or mashed avocado for a creamy texture and healthy fats. Use it instead of or in addition to the cheese spread.
- Spicy kick: For those who like a bit of heat, add chopped fresh chili, red pepper flakes, or a dash of hot sauce to the cheese mixture.
- Balsamic glaze: drizzle the finished bruschetta with thick, reduced balsamic vinegar glaze for a sweet and tangy finish, as we do for the strawberry tartines.
- Pesto: spread a thin layer of pesto on the toasted bread before the cheese for a burst of herby, nutty flavor.
- Greek style: incorporate elements of a Greek salad by adding olives and cucumber for a Mediterranean twist.
How far in advance can I prepare this bruschetta?
It's best to assemble bruschetta close to serving time to prevent the bread from becoming soggy. However, you can prepare the sun-dried tomato topping and toast the bread slices a few hours or days ahead. Store them separately and assemble right before serving.
Is sun-dried tomato bruschetta suitable for vegetarians or vegans?
Yes, the basic recipe for sun-dried tomato bruschetta is suitable for vegetarians. To make it vegan, ensure that the bread is vegan (some breads contain dairy or eggs) and use vegan cheese alternatives.
Can I make it gluten-free?
Absolutely! Just use a good quality gluten-free bread as the base. There are many varieties available that mimic the texture and taste of traditional bread, making them a suitable alternative for those with gluten sensitivities.
How to make crostini with sun-dried tomatoes
There are two parts to this appetizer: the bread and the toppings. Both are easy and quick to assemble.
Type of bread to use
- Baguettes: whether you opt for store-bought or these easy homemade baguettes, they are perfect because of their size. Ciabatta also fits this idea.
- Larger loaves like Italian semolina bread, batards, or sourdough can be used cut in half.
The bread slices are brushed with oil and baked until golden and crunchy. It's important you bake them in a low oven to dry them out so they're crunchier and don't get soggy quickly. Don't skip this step.
Though the cheese mixture with herbs is easily combined with an electric mixer; using a whisk is just as simple if the ingredients are at room temperature.
- Organization: read the recipe first and ensure you have ingredients at the correct temperature, the needed equipment, and enough workspace. This will make the process so much easier.
- Storing the toasted bread: keep it in an airtight container, preferably a metal tin or a resealable plastic bag. Store it at room temperature. It should stay good for several days. If it becomes a bit stale, you can re-toast it lightly before serving to bring back the crunch.
- Too salty: sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese can be salty, especially if they’re packed in brine. To mitigate this, rinse the tomatoes in water before using them, and be cautious with adding additional salt to the cheese mixture. Taste before using.
- Bland flavor: avoid under-seasoned toppings by tasting and adjusting them before assembling this appetizer. Also, high-quality olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes can make a big difference in taste.
IMPORTANT: assemble the appetizers right before serving to avoid soggyness. You can prepare the cheese mixture, the toasted bread and the tomatoes beforehand and keep them refrigerated.
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- French baguette, sliced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 ¼ cup feta cheese (crumbled) or ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
- ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped green onion, scallions or chives
- Preheat the oven to 300°F/150°C.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the baguette slices out in one layer.
- Brush one side of the baguette slices with olive oil, reserving some oil. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until they are slightly golden. It might take longer. Make sure they're not too soft when you remove them. You must bake them in a low oven to dry them out so they're crunchier and don't get soggy quickly.
- Remove and immediately rub with the peeled garlic cloves. They will disintegrate quickly, infusing the flavor on the bread. Allow to cool before assembling.
- Beat the softened cream cheese, crumbled feta, herbs, and a little salt and pepper in a medium bowl until it is mostly smooth; it will still be lumpy from the feta. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- When cooled, spread the cream cheese mixture onto the slices. Top with sun-dried tomato strips and scallions or green onion on top.
- Drizzle olive oil over on top. Serve immediately.
- Garlic oil: if unavailable, use regular olive oil and garlic. Bake the bread brushed with oil and then rub with garlic cloves when you remove them from the oven.
- Assemble the appetizers right before serving to avoid soggyness. You can prepare the cheese mixture, the toasted bread, and the tomatoes beforehand and keep them refrigerated.
- Type of bread to use:
Baguettes: whether you opt for store-bought or these easy homemade baguettes, they are perfect because of their size. Ciabatta also fits this idea.
Larger loaves like Italian semolina bread, batards, or sourdough slices can be cut in half.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: Mixing + Baking
- Cuisine: International
Keywords: sun-dried tomato bruschetta