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How to Build an Easy & Impressive Bruschetta Board

September 20, 2021 (Last updated June 30, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

Throwing a dinner party? Big or small, a stress free dinner idea is this bruschetta board! This delicious tapas style grazing board makes any gathering a breeze!

Bruschetta is one of my favorite go-to appetizers for when guests come over. Charcuterie boards have been a popular trend for a while now, but let’s be honest. They can be expensive! This bruschetta board is a more inexpensive alternative for any dinner party! It takes about 20 minutes to put together, and gives your guests an interactive experience by creating their own meal!  

As a twist on the classic charcuterie board, I’ve done a bagel board, a crepe board, an ice cream sundae board, and they were all such a hit with my guests! Everyone loved being able to customize their plates and it was a fun way to keep everyone engaged.

What kind of platter should you use?

I like using a big rectangular wood board like this one, but depending on your party size you could use a smaller round board like this one

close up of pesto, sauteed mushrooms, and roasted grape tomatoes on board in bowls with grilled bread surrounding

What should you include on a bruschetta board?

Bread slices

Slice European style or french baguettes either into small circles by cutting them straight, or on a bias for a more dramatic presentation. By slicing them on a bias, you allow for more surface area, which will lend to more toppings. From here you can toast the bread slices in the oven on a baking sheet, or place them on the grill! Brush each slice with olive oil, put them on the grill and then slice a garlic clove and rub it all over the surface of each piece. If you want to add a little more flavor to your bread, I love this three cheese semolina bread sliced up thin and toasted. From there, you can add whatever toppings you’d like. These spreads are great for slathering on toasted bread.

Spreads

These spreads are great for slathering on toasted bread:

Cheeses

Cheeses are great for slicing and placing on top of the spread or crumbling on top of each slice of toasted bread.

Choose two to three options and allow about 3 ounces of cheese per person.

Goat Cheese or blue cheese crumbles

Fresh mozzarella

Burrata

Mascarpone

Ricotta

Sliced Kaukauna Four Cheese and Sundried Tomato Cheese ball

Parmesan Cheese shavings

Toppings

From there, you can add whatever toppings you’d like. My favorites include:

Place each topping in small bowls on the board.

Feel free to mix it up with your favorites!

close up of caramelized onions, prosciutto, sauteed mushrooms, and roasted grape tomatoes on board in bowls with grilled bread surrounding

What bread is best for bruschetta?

There are many different kinds of breads to choose from at the market for this bruschetta board. Really, there’s no wrong pick, but my favorite is Italian Ciabatta or three cheese semolina bread.

I’ve also used French or Italian Baguette to make smaller Bruschetta’s but I prefer the bigger slices.

close up of pesto, on board in bowls with grilled bread surrounding

The topping possibilities are endless! Let’s get layering!

Three plates with assembled bruschetta with various toppings on plates, kaukauna cheese ball in the middle and a bottle of olive oil all on the marble background

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