Bruschetta Pizza With Garlic & Feta
A slice of bruschetta pizza in one hand, and a glass of chilled white wine in the other.
On a beautiful and warm summer’s day sounds like a little bit of heaven to me.
Instead of using crunchy bread as the base of the bruschetta, pizza dough is used in a brilliant move.
Pizza at home of course is so much better than store bought since you can make it how you like it.
Being able to have a nice crispy pizza crust with the freshness of the plum tomatoes on a bruschetta is divine.
What Is Bruschetta Pizza?
Bruschetta pizza is the combination of two popular Italian foods, and I must say, it is a delicious invention.
A pizza crust partially baked after being brushed with extra virgin olive oil and minced garlic.
It comes out of the hot oven glistening with the goodness that only that mixture and olive oil can provide.
Many variations exist on how you can make this recipe, it is your choice on making it how you want it.
This recipe has the best of both worlds, a nice pizza crust with a lovely fresh tomato mixture topping.
When I think of bruschetta I think of juicy diced tomatoes, minced garlic, olive oil and fresh basil or cilantro.
Making Bruschetta Dough
Use your favorite pizza dough recipe or you can follow my Olive Oil Pizza Dough recipe.
What Kind Of Tomatoes Should I Use?
Personally I like to use cherry tomatoes, but there really is no wrong tomato to use.
As long as you have fresh and juicy ripe tomatoes, you will be on track for creating a delicious bruschetta topping.
Making The Topping
You will want to have the freshest and juiciest ingredients you can find.
In a bowl, combine all the topping ingredients except the cheese and mix well.
You can decide if you want the basil to remain whole leaf or if you’d rather chop it and mix with the tomatoes.
Drain off any excess liquid so that your crust does not become too mushy or wet.
You can add things that you like to the topping if you want, I have heard of people adding sweet corn, and even chicken breast.
Bringing It Together
Once your crust is about halfway done is when you want to combine it with the topping.
Remove the crust from the oven and spoon the tomato mixture topping evenly over the entire pizza.
Crumble the feta cheese and scatter over the top of the tomatoes making sure you don’t leave any bare spots.
Combining tomatoes, onion, garlic, and herbs tossed with feta cheese, a little salt and pepper is the next step.
With the topping piled high on the crust, it will go back into the oven for a final finish.
You will know when you are done when the feta cheese is bubbly and brown at the edges.
A dash of mozzarella cheese can be sprinkled on top at the last minute as well.
Tips For Making
- The main thing is not to overcook your crust before getting the topping on your pizza.
- The tomatoes need to be ripe, nice and juicy, but remove any excess juice in the topping for best results.
Bruschetta Pizza Recipe
For the Topping
- 8 oz Cherry Tomatoes quartered
- ¼ cup Green Onions chopped
- ¼ cup Basil chopped
- ¾ cup Feta Cheese crumbled
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
For the Crust
- 1 Olive Oil Pizza Dough makes 2 pizzas
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- 2 Garlic Cloves minced
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
- Mix together in a bowl cherry tomatoes with onions, basil, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Let it sit and marinate while you start the rest.
- Roll out the pizza dough to your preferred thickness, or around half an inch thick.
- Mince the garlic into the olive oil, mixing well.
- Brush garlic olive oil generously onto the crust.
- Cook until half cooked – about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cover the crust evenly with tomato topping.
- Add the crumbled feta cheese uniformly over the tomato topping.
- Cook for another 7 to 10 minutes until the pizza is cooked through.