Eggplant and Tomato Bruschetta

Toasts with toppings are a popular appetizer, and the Mediterranean flavors in this bruschetta are a satisfying way to start a light meal of soup and salad.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 1 hour 20 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 6


  • 1 loaf rustic bread, cut into 1⁄2-inch slices
  • 1⁄2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled (2 cloves cut in half, 4 minced)
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange bread slices on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and set aside the rest of the oil. Toast rounds in the oven until lightly browned; then turn and toast the other side. Remove from oven. Rub one side of each warm toast with cut garlic; set aside.
  • Heat 1⁄4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced eggplant and cook until fork-tender, stirring occasionally. Let eggplant cool in pan.
  • Add minced garlic to cooked eggplant along with remaining oil, red wine vinegar, tomato, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Spread each toast with eggplant mixture and sprinkle with parsley.