As I mentioned in this post waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the stone age, as well as THIS TV segment (that I totally forgot to do a blog post about! Whoops!), you can buy Jimmy Johns “baked fresh yesterday” bread for just $0.50 per loaf! The loaves are huge, and delicious as ever even though they are 1 day old.

We were having people over for dinner one night, and I wanted a “starter” for people to munch on before dinner. I ran to my freezer, saw two loaves of JJ bread that were ready and waiting for me (I wrap them in foil before freezing),
 and I decided to make bruschetta! It only took me maybe 10 minutes start-to-finish, and I had all the ingredients on-hand making it cheap AND easy.
Here's how I did it…
I sliced up the bread,
You can slice them at an angle if you want to be all fancy-schmancy,
clearly I'm not very good at the fancy stuff…
Mixed up a glorious concoction using these babies (see recipe below for details and full ingredient list),
Let it sit for a few minutes while I took care of the bread.

For the bread I…

Brushed both sides with olive oil (be sure to buy yours from Costco!),
Put the oven on low broil and toasted the bread…then flipped them over…then toasted the other side.
Can't have soggy bruschetta!
I Topped the toasted bread with the tomato deliciousness,
Added cheese of course…
Put them back in the oven on low broil for a few minutes until melted, and VOILA! So yummy!
My husband is NOT a tomato fan…but he couldn't get enough. He loved them!
It was a fun snack for my guests to eat before, and during, dinner.
Click HERE for a printable version of this recipe:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon fresh basil (or dried basil to taste…I used 1-2T at least)
1 clove garlic minced (or 1-2T pre-minced garlic)
1 can petite diced tomatoes (2C fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced)
Salt & pepper to taste
Mozzarella – optional
1 loaf baguette-style bread


  • In small bowl mix together olive oil, basil, garlic, tomatoes. Add salt/pepper if desired. Set aside.
  • Slice bread. Slice at an angle for aesthetics.
  • Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Place bread on a baking sheet. Broil on low until bread is toasted and lightly brown. Flip bread over, and repeat toasting process.
  • Spoon tomato mixture onto each slice of toast. Top with mozzarella cheese and more basil if desired.
  • Broil on low for a few minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Enjoy!


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