Toasted Bread for Bruschetta

garlic cloves and oil being poured onto bread
Prep Time: 
15 minutes
Number of Servings: 
6 servings
Recipe Source: 
Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings by Elle Simone Scott ($30, America’s Test Kitchen, 2022)


  • 1 (12x5-inch) loaf country bread with thick crust, ends discarded, sliced crosswise into 34-inch-thick pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher or flake sea salt


  • Oven with broiler
  • Baking sheet


  1. Adjust oven rack 4 inches from broiler element and heat broiler.
  2. Arrange bread in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. Broil until bread is deep golden and toasted on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  4. Lightly rub 1 side of each toast with garlic (you will not use all of garlic). Brush with oil and season with salt to taste.


Larger than crostini, these garlicky toasts give a flavorful foundation to whatever toppings you choose to pile on. This recipe can easily be doubled.

Nutrition Info: 
177 Calories, 5 g Protein, 26 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Total sugars (0 g Added sugars), 1 g Fiber, 6 g Total fat (1 g sat), 301 mg Sodium, ★★★ Vitamin B1 (thiamine), ★★ Folate, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), Iron

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Elle Simone Scott

Elle Simone Scott is a culinary maverick. Always drawn to creative food culture, Elle has been dazzling the culinary world since 2006, quickly becoming a highly sought after freelance Food Stylist and Culinary Producer.

Elle has collaborated and contributed her unique styling abilities to Food Network, Food Network Magazine, The Cooking Channel, The Katie Couric Show, CBS Corporation, ABC’s The Chew and Bravo's Chef Roble and Co.