Thursday, April 5, 2012

Strawberry Bruschetta

I have just recently joined Pinterest two weeks ago, and I am already hooked. I held off as long as I could, but I finally took the plunge.  You know that I love strawberries, if you read my blog.  This Strawberry Bruschetta was the first thing that I saw on Pinterest, and the first thing that I re-pinned. Are you pinning yet?  (You have to get vocabulary down first).  It was love at first sight:)  I never thought of using fruit on Bruschetta before,  veggies, yes, but never my my beloved strawberries.  This appetizer is craazy good, with the strawberries, basil, soft cheese or Feta, and balsamic vinegar on a French Baguette. Strawberry Bruschetta is a  light, wonderful appetizer for,Brunch, or light lunch, perfect for the Spring and Summer parties. I didn't toast my bread, but my hubby toasted his.  If you were making these babies ahead of time, I would lightly toast toast the bread, so it didn't get soggy.  I want to wish all of my Christian friends a Happy Easter Weekend.  Enjoy!


As a side note, we here in  the Chicago burbs, had all of the glorious 80 degree temps for for two weeks, and loved every minute of them. The weather has now shifted, and we have temps in the low 50's, but at least we don't have the "S" word, snow.  Of course, today is opening day for the Chicgo Cubs, and  sadly, I will not be there. It is so difficult to get tickets for opening Day.  I will be watching on TV, though. And then  it is also Easter weekend with temps in the 60's.


Strawberry Bruschetta   Adapted from annie-eats and The Curvy Carrot

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
1 tbsp. sugar
1 French baguette, sliced
4 oz. goat cheese, like Boursin, or cream cheese (I used light cream cheese)
2 oz. Feta cheese, if you use cream cheese
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
¼ cup basil leaves, chiffonade
Freshly ground black pepper (I didn’t add)

Directions:
1.      Combine the strawberries and sugar in a small bowl; toss to combine.  Let the berries sit for about 30 to release their juices.
2.       Spread a thin layer of goat cheese, or cream cheese on top of each baguette slice.
3.      Top each slice with spoonfuls of the strawberry mixture.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
4.      Sprinkle Feta cheese over the strawberry balsamic mixture.  Top each slice with the basil leaves and cracked pepper, to taste. (optional) 

32 comments:

  1. I love strawberries too and this does look fantastic, yummy and delicious. I remember being so excited for opening day with the Cubbies. I think we may have the only city that sells out a team that hasn't won a series in....

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    1. Christiane,
      This appetizer is amazing, so good with lots of flavor.

      Don't say how many years it has been... This is going to be a great year, because the ivy is already green, and that doesn't usually happen until May!
      Go Cubbies!

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  2. REally Festive and Pretty got to save this one for the holiday table at Christmas everyone will love it thanks for this one... your on a roll with these terrific tidbits of flavors!!

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    1. Claudia,
      I love strawberries, so this appetizer is wonderful for me, and any strawberry lover. Easy to make and healthy.

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  3. Oh, these look fabulous, Becky!!! Yeah, we have a frost advisory tonight...crazy ups and downs this spring :) Happy Easter!

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  4. Lizzy,
    This appetizer is gorgeous with the red, ripe strawberries, and green basil. The appetizer is perfect for any occasion. Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  5. How creative! I love this idea. The basil with the sweet berries and goat cheese..omg. I have to try this soon!

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    1. Erin,
      The flavors in this appetizer are amazing, and pair well together. I saw this recipe on Pinterest and can't take the credit for it. Hope that you can make this soon.

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  6. Simply delicious!! what a wonderful twist - so glad to have found your blog and happily signed up to follow - thank you for visiting me!
    Mary x

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    1. Mary,
      This appetizer is easy to make, and delicious. Thank you for following me.
      I sent you an email to pick up an award, that I gave to you, while you were in England.

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  7. Scrumptious, my mouth is watering! Happy berrylove!

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    1. Georgie,
      Thank you for your sweet words.

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  8. Strawberries are hard to get into any dish because I do like them so much. I find myself eating them all before I have a chance to make anything with them! Your bruschetta blend here is unique and something I know I would like-yum!
    Temps in the 60's sounds like perfect Easter weekend weather! Enjoy every minute of your Easter festivities!

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    1. I know what you mean, about eating all the strawberries, before you make something with them. I usually buy and extra container for munching, because they are low in calories. Hope that you have a wonderful Easter Weekend, as well.

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  9. I have bought two pints of strawberries and a row and my daughter has gotten them before I had a chance to do anything with them. I might have to steal this one from you, I think some soft goat cheese on here would be wonderful. Happy Easter to you and your family Becky! I hope the weather comes back up for you, I know I'm ready for those temps.
    -Gina-

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    1. Gina,
      This recipe is worth hiding the berries to make it.this would be so good for your Easter dinner, and your daughter could make it. I now put stickers with do not eat on them, becasue Scott has eaten the stuff, that I was going to use to make something for the blog. So far, the stickers are working.
      Happy Easter to you and your family, too.

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  10. i love this idea! strawberries and balsamic, yumm

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    1. This appetizer is so good with strawberries and balsamic, and easy to make!

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  11. Holy yum! I never thought of this idea. Its just brilliant. berries and balsamic! YUM!

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    1. I had never thought of this appetizer either, until Pinterest. It's so good and easy to make.

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    1. Betsy,
      This appetizer is such a great, delicious idea! You can't miss with strawberries and balsamic on a baguette.

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  13. Amazing recipe!!! good as a dessert and appetizer ;-) Never thought of serving strawberries with bread and cheese spread, but.. why not? looks delicious!!! what about fresh mint leaves? combines perfectly with fruit.

    Happy #berrylove to you!

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  14. Helena,

    The mint is a great idea. thank you for the tip. Next time that I make it, I will try the mint.

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  15. Becky I came by to share the #berrylove ... this bruschetta looks so pretty and delicious! I've been dying to try strawberries on bruschetta.

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    1. Ann,
      Glad to have you in blog hop. Strawberries are what Spring and summer are all about. I love them in anything, cake, chocolate muffins, pie. You get the idea:)

      Have a great weekend!

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  16. Hi Becky-so you also took the plunge and joined Pinterest. I recently joined too, and can spend hours just looking through all the amazing stuff that's out there. Will have to find you, or visa-versa to follow.
    Your strawberry bruschettas are ever so lovely, and perfect, I would certainly eat them as a dessert, as well as appetizer, or a great snack. A genius idea, Becky!
    So pretty and colorful. I will be posting my #berrylove this weekend too!
    Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!
    xoxo

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    1. Elisabeth,
      I will have to find you on Pinterest. I could get lost in Pinterest, so I try to limit my time on it.

      The Strawberry Bruschetta is great for an appetizer, dessert, or light lunch. delicious and easy to make.

      Have a wonderful Easter weekend with your family! Can't wait to see your #berrylove post.

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  17. I never would have thought of a fruit bruschetta either! It looks delicious. Love the choices of cheese and then the touch of fresh basil - YUM!

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  18. Gorgeous presentation and wonderful balance of flavors! I like your choice of cheese, the mix of feta and goat sounds delicious. I love balsalmic on strawberries. Definitely one I will make!

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  19. Love the berries and balsamic over the cheese! Looks soooo good!

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  20. Glad you joined pinterest and it can be pretty addicting, but it is such a great place to keep your recipes and other things bookmarked. I have seen this strawberry bruschetta before but haven't tried it, I need to soon. Sending you some berry love :)

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