Red and Green Bruschetta makes the perfect appetizer to bring to a holiday party!

Headed to a holiday office party, gathering of neighbors, or your mother-in-law’s holiday feast? We know it can be challenging selecting the perfect holiday appetizer or side dish, but Taste Buds Kitchen has you covered with our Bruschetta recipe that’s just as delicious as it is festive. The blend of fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar is sure to please everyone on the guest list.

When it comes to selecting a recipe, we always suggest bringing something cool or that can be kept warm in a crock pot. The last thing you want to do when you arrive is ask the host to use their oven… The key to a ‘slam-dunk’ party appetizer is for it to arrive complete, beautiful, and delicious! If you’re trying something new, simple recipes are usually the best bet so there is less margin of error caused by a missed step or ingredient.

Our festive Bruschetta recipe with it’s bright red tomatoes and green basil is a perfect addition to any party table. In just about 15 minutes, you can be ready and on your way to the party. No time to run to the grocery store? No problem! Although bruschetta most commonly uses tomatoes as the base ingredient, variations of the recipe may include other vegetables, beans, or even cured meats. To keep with the festive theme, a roasted red pepper could easily be substituted for the tomatoes in our recipe.

So what are you waiting for?? Let’s get cooking!

Happy Holidays from Taste Buds Kitchen!


Makes18 rounds
9 oz tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
5 basil leaves, chiffonade cut
1 T balsamic vinegar
3/4 t salt
large pinch pepper
18" baguette
3 T olive oil
3 T grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


Dice tomatoes and add to a bowl with garlic, basil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Let sit for 5 minutes to marinate.


In the meantime, thinly slice baguette into rounds, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Toast in oven for 5 minutes until golden brown.


Spoon a tablespoon of Bruschetta tomato mixture over reach piece of toast. Enjoy!

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