Nikol’s Garlic Bruschetta

Bruschetta makeover is what I call it. The flavor combination with the tomatoes and cream cheese is perfection. This appetizer goes a long way – another crowd pleaser, that’s for sure.

Original recipe makes 12 servings


3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 sourdough baguette, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
1 (4 ounce) package semi-soft cheese with garlic and herbs (such as Alouette®)

  • PREP

    20 mins

  • COOK

    10 mins


    50 mins


  1. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, and garlic in a bowl. Stir in the chopped tomatoes; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover; place in the refrigerator to marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the bread slices in a single layer on a large baking pan.
  3. Bake in the oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove to cool on a wire rack.
  4. When the bread is cool, spread the semi-soft cheese evenly over each slice. Using a slotted spoon, spoon some of the tomato mixture over each slice.


Calories: 113 kcal
Carbohydrates: 13.2 g
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Fat: 5.5 g
Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 3.6 g
Sodium: 167 mg