In-a-Snap Bruschetta Recipe
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In-a-Snap Bruschetta Recipe

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This simple yet elegant finger food looks like you fussed, but it's really easy to make!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups finely chopped Roma tomatoes, seeds removed or 1 can (28 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, well drained
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tub (8 ounces) cream cheese with herbs
  • 1 baguette, sliced 1/4 inch thick, brushed with olive oil and toasted
  • Italian parsley leaves or minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 109 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 243 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mash the garlic and salt into a paste. Add the tomatoes, pesto, cheese, oil, sugar and pepper.
  2. Spread cream cheese on each baguette slice; top with bruschetta mixture. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 30-35 appetizers.
Originally published as In-a-Snap Bruschetta in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Winter 2006, p9

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"I have made this recipe twice now and have used a different type of pesto mix which made all the difference. I also tried plain cream cheese as well as the flavored, didn't notice too much of a difference there. Great recipe for fresh tomatoes"

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"I won't make this recipe again, but not because it wasn't good. It was, just to much work. Traders Joes Bruschetta is excellent. I did make my own spread from another QC bruschetta recipe M/J 2004, but will now use the herbed cream cheese instead. NOW we have a (in a snap) bruschetta recipe!"

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"Very easy to put together and tastes very refreshing! Definitely use fresh tomatoes."

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"Mixed feelings on this one ... yes, it was very good, but took so much work! I'm LOL that they call it "In-a-Snap" Bruschetta. Even AFTER you spend 45 min dicing roma tomatoes, another 20 slicing & toasting bread, it still takes way more than 10 min just to spread the cream cheese on, add a spoonful of tomato stuff, and then carefully top each with parsley. Anyway, all that aside ... do not plan to assemble these ahead of time! Thankfully someone warned me not to top with the tomato mixture until right before serving. Even, so these will get soggy as they sit. All in all, they were delicious and the plate was cleaned, but I probably won't make again."

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

"I had my teens at the Boys & Girls Club where I work make this for the annual board meeting. This recipe was a huge hit and was truly elegant."

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