Bruschetta (meaning a little bit burned) is typically thought to of as toasted bread with tomatoes on top but in Italian actually refers to the bread. There is, of course, a traditional tomato-based topping, but the most important part is actually the bread.
1/2 loaf of french bread – 1 teaspoon of oregano – 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
3-4 cups of roughly chopped grape or cherry tomatoes
10 or so basil leaves – 3 garlic cloves – 8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Start by chopping the tomatoes, without taking out the seeds, throwing out the liquid or peeling them. Put the chopped tomatoes and there liquid in a large bowl with 2-3 garlic cloves that have been pressed or minced, salt, oregano and the basil leaves that have been roughly chopped.
Traditionally day-old bread was toasted over a fire so the idea is to have bread that outside is crunchy and has one black mark and is not completely hard on the inside.
How that the bread is well toasted and the tomato mixture has rested in the fridge it’s time to assemble. The tomatoes should stay on the bread when it’s moved, if they fall off, there’s too much topping.