Garlic Herb Bruschetta

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Garlic Herb Bruschetta is just the perfect summertime appetizer, or even dinner recipe idea!

garlic herb bruschetta toasts

My dad grows an enormous garden every year.

It’s half an acre of delicious corn, zucchini, squash, beans, cucumbers, potatoes, eggplant, all kinds of things.

He goes back and forth on growing tomatoes, since here in Asheville, NC our soil tends to give tomatoes blight.

One year, he even grew the tomatoes in planters, hoping they wouldn’t fall favor to this disease! We got a TON of tomatoes that year…. we still have cans of them. 😉

Garlic Herb Bruschetta is a great way to use up tomatoes when you just have too many.

garlic and herb toast

So, let’s chat a minute about bruschetta.

In this Tomato Bruschetta Recipe, I shared how the actual bruschetta is toast!

Not the tomatoes!

Something I never knew.

For me, these little garlic and herb “bruschetta” are garlic and herb crostini. Any kind of bread toasted, to me, is a “crostini.”

And, there is one major SECRET ingredient and flavor bomb for this recipe… You’ll have to read all the way to the actual recipe to learn what it is!

garlic bruschetta recipe idea

You could use any kind of Italian herbs you want on this garlic and herb bruschetta.

The herb combination I used on these is what Carrabas puts in their bread dip.

Carrabas Bread Dip includes:

  • 1 tablespoon minced basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (Italian is best)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I like to use my microplane, and grate it!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
herb toast for bruschetta toppings

I added all those herbs and spices to a shallow pan with melted butter and olive oil in it.

Here’s the major SECRET though: Before I brushed each baguette slice with the garlic herb butter, I brushed each slice with WHITE WINE.

And a good brushing, not just a swipe swipe…. a nice, healthy slather.

Then, you take the brush and get it really coated in the garlic butter.

While traditionally, you would grill each slice of bread first, then rub with a fresh clove of garlic, then drizzle olive oil on top… Which is phenomenal on it’s own!

But, to take a simple recipe, and “turn up the volume” as Ina Garten would say, you’ll want to do this in the oven, under the broiler.

Just line your slices of bread up like little soldiers on a half sheet pan, slather all that goodness on both sides.

Let’s chat about broilers:

  • Turn your broiler to high, and let it warm up before you put something under it.
  • You need to learn how YOUR broiler works. When a recipe says “broil for 5 minutes” that doesn’t mean your broiler will be 5 minutes. Yours could be 3 or 8… Just be mindful!
  • It’s helpful to crack the oven door and not go far.
  • Some recipes will ask you to put your oven’s rack as close to the broiler as possible… When toasting bread, I don’t recommend this. The edges of the bread will toast more quickly, usually resulting in a burnt edge, and perfected toasted center.
garlic herb bruschetta toasts

Once your bruschetta is lined up on your sheet pan, and slathered with wine and melted herb butter, you’re ready for the broiler!

Watching VERY closely, toast the bread until golden brown. Once golden brown on one side, remove and flip over to the other side.

Toast the other side until golden brown as well. You want this bruschetta to be super crisp and crunchy.

Serve with all kinds of bruschetta toppings—such as these recipes:

Garlic Herb Bruschetta Topping Ideas

  1. Feta & Boursin Cheese Spread – it’s really not a recipe. Just combine a half cup of feta with a round of Boursin herb cheese! Yum!
  2. Sun-Dried Tomato Goat Cheese Spread or I like to call it Italian Pimento Cheese
  3. Italian Cheese Spread
  4. Easy Tomato Bruschetta Recipe – this is the one you’re used to! Tomato Salad.
  5. Baked Tomatoes and Goat Cheese would be amazing with these garlicky toasts!
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garlic herb bruschetta toasts

Garlic Herb Bruschetta

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: grilling/roasting
  • Cuisine: italian


Garlic Herb Bruschetta is just the perfect summertime appetizer or even dinner recipe idea! 



Herb Mixture:

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (I like to use my microplane, and grate it!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Butter Oil Mixture

  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 35 baguette slices


  1. Slice baguette into 30+ slices, or enough to line a half sheet pan.
  2. Mix the basil, parsley, garlic, thyme, oregano, black pepper, salt, rosemary, red pepper flakes in a bowl.
  3. Over medium-low heat, in a small skillet, melt butter with olive oil.
  4. Stir in herb mixture after butter has melted.
  5. Turn heat off, and let sit while you do the next step.
  6. With the 1/2 cup of wine, brush each baguette slice, on either side with white wine.
  7. Set your oven’s rack in the center of the oven.
  8. Turn the broiler to high.
  9. While the oven heats up, brush each baguette slice with the garlic herb butter mixture. Be sure to be generous!
  10. Toast under the broiler, about 4 minutes per side. WATCH CLOSELY.
  11. Let garlic herb toasts cool completely before either serving as bruschetta or saving in an airtight container for 1 week.

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  1. This garlic bruschetta sounds delicious! I love how golden it is. I bet it tastes delicious. I would love to dip it in tomato sauce and have some meatballs with it!!

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