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Garlicky Tomato Bruschetta “Pan Con Tomato”

Now is the time to hop, run, slide or drive to your nearest farmer’s market to get end of the summer luscious tomatoes.  Of course, if you have your own garden, with loads of tomatoes breaking their branches; this recipe is for you.   Big ones, little ones, brandywine, zebra, stripey, black krim, and yellow brandywine to just name a few.

How’s that for luscious summer time flavors?

The list could go on and on of the types of heirloom tomatoes.

For this recipe it’s fun to use different sizes of tomatoes just cut and smish the baby heirloom tomatoes on top of the sliced larger tomatoes.   Garlic is the perfect partner with the summer tomatoes and for this recipe, I also coupled it with rustic kalamata olive bread.  Of course you can use any rustic sourdough bread too.

For most bruschetta (and yes this is a type of bruschetta 🙂 you have lots of chopping of this and that namely chop all those tomatoes and basil etc.  This is just a few slices of tomatoes,

Slice and you are almost done

mince the garlic, cut or tear a bit basil and toast the best rustic bread till crunchy!

What is so luscious and yummy about this recipe?

  • it is totally healthy
  • totally easy!
  • Garlic keeps colds at bay, good for blood pressure, and so delicious!
  • Heirloom tomatoes are so sweet right now 🙂
  • crunch from the very toasty bread

    All toasty! Can you smell the garlic?

  • sweetness from tomatoes
  • kick from garlic is all you will need to say ohhhhh yum! Let me go make some more of the very very garlicky tomato toasties

Do you have a toaster oven?  Sure is nice to have, for this recipe and so many small toasting, baking, heating up projects.  The minced garlic (yes, use your garlic press to make quick work of mincing the garlic… you can also slice the garlic) was smeared onto the the bread.

My favorite garlic press!

You place it in the toaster oven and toast till very toasty.  You could also use your oven broiler.

A lot of bruschetta the bread is cut thick, I like a bit thinner slices for this recipe.  Either way just get the bread nice and toasty so it has lots of crunch to it.  That way the juice of the tomatoes can ooze into the crunchy toast.

Very garlicky tomato Toasties

That’s about it!


Garlicky Tomato Bruschetta "Pan Con Tomato"

Heirloom tomato and garlic bruschetta that is so delicious and easy! 

Course 10 minute appetizer, 10 minute supper
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Garlicky tomato appetizer, heirloom tomato bruschetta, vegan summer appetizer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people, 2 slices each


  • 4 slices kalamata olive rustic bread sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled, minced or sliced thin
  • 2-3 organic heirloom tomatoes sliced in rounds
  • 2/3 cup organic baby heirloom tomatoes slice 1-2 times lengthwise
  • 8 leaves basil, torn or cut


  1. Drizzle the slices of bread with bit of olive oil.  Spread minced or thinly sliced garlic on bread.  Toast the bread using toast oven or broiler until toasty and golden brown.  

  2. Place large tomatoes on the garlicky toast, place baby sliced tomatoes on top of large tomato slices.  

    Scatter basil pieces on top of tomatoes.   Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I use different shapes and sizes of heirloom tomatoes, small tomatoes work great for this recipe that way you have different colors if you so desire.  

Products used in this recipe:

This is a fabulous garlic press, it has lasted me for years because it is heavy duty stainless steel.  It is easy to clean too!

Having a toast oven is marvelous especially if you are not cooking for a crowd.  You can put in just a small portion in your toaster oven to bake or heat something up.  It is great for bagels, toast with topping that you want to get hot like the garlic in this recipe.  

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