John Torode's tasty bruschetta

Nothing says summertime quite like British tomatoes! As we enjoy the peak fortnight for British tomato season, John Torode is live from Eric Wall Ltd tomato nursery in West Sussex to show us how to make the perfect snack for a hot day - tasty bruschetta.

John's posh tomatoes on toast with marinated mozzarella

Serves: 4


For the bread

½ sourdough loaf 

50ml olive oil

1 clove garlic 

5g salt

For the garlic puree

100g garlic

10ml chicken stock

50ml olive oil

5g salt

For the mozzarella marinade

½ tsp fennel seeds

Grated zest of 1 lemon

15 basil leaves, shredded

2 tsp chopped oregano

2 tsp best-quality extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to finish

2 tsp rapeseed oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

½ tsp Maldon sea salt

Black pepper

2 large buffalo mozzarella

For the tomatoes

A good handful of cherry tomatoes, pan roasted

Mixture of different tomatoes 

Vinegar, I used red wine vinegar

Olive oil 

Chopped mixed herbs 

1 banana shallot


1. Slice the bread and then drizzle with olive oil, rub all over with the garlic clove and season with salt and then griddle in a hot pan

2. Roast the garlic in a moderate oven until soft. Squeeze out from the skin, blitz with the stock, oil and salt to produce a smooth puree (or just squeeze out the roasted garlic cloves and use as a paste).

3. To make the marinade, scatter the fennel seeds in a small frying pan and dry-roast until they begin to pop. Transfer to a pestle and mortar and crush roughly. Place the crushed seeds in a small bowl and add the remaining marinade ingredients.

4. Break the mozzarella roughly with your hands. Smear it with the marinade and set aside for 15-30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, take the raw tomatoes - chop some, slice some and then mix them with some vinegar and salt and leave for 5 minutes

6. Now slice the shallots and mix with the tomatoes and the herbs of your choice and season with black pepper

7. Spread the bread with the garlic puree and then top with some mozzarella, then tomatoes and repeat with all the bread

8. Serve straight away and enjoy!