Monday, May 11, 2009

Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta

This weekend, I enjoyed a lovely lunch while visiting a winery. Even though I had ordered bruschetta from room service at the hotel the night before, Joe decided he wanted to try the cafe's "sweet bruschetta" as an appetizer. So glad we did! And since it was so delicious (and so simple!) I did my best to recreate it at home last night.

I started by toasting thin slices of a French baguette. I only left them in long enough to be just crunchy on the outside but still soft inside.

Next, I applied a generous amount of spreadable goat cheese. I topped this with a few bacon bits and some thinly sliced strawberries.

To finish it off, I drizzled with a bit of honey and some balsamic vinegar.

The result was very good. Next time, I'll reduce the balsamic to make more of a glaze - the taste was close but the consistency should've been more syrupy. The only other difference I really noticed between my version and the one served at the winery was the quality of ingredients. Joe bought the only kind of spreadable goat cheese available at the grocery store (I'm sure we can find better if we make an effort) and our waiter actually stated that they made theirs fresh from goats on the farm. And in order to avoid cooking a lot of bacon, I used the real bacon bits sold with the salad toppers. I'm sure their balsamic was higher quality as well.

But it was still a very tasty reproduction. With a little tweaking, we will make it again!


  1. Yum! I'm not a goat cheese fan but I'm thinking it might work with plain cream cheese? What do you think?

  2. That sounds really tasty. Reminds me of a simple breakfast I've made: sliced strawberries drizzled with honey on buttered whole wheat English muffins. But cream cheese or goat cheese would make a nice addition, I think.

  3. Beth - I think you could absolutely make this with regular cream cheese. I love the "off" cheeses like goat, blue and feta but I think cream cheese would be really good

    Juliet - That sounds delicious. Maybe this weekend... I have a lot of strawberries left.

  4. That looks absolutely delicious!

  5. It was so good - think I'll make some more tonight.

  6. Sounds good but you lost me with the goat cheese *wretch*


Food for thought - I bet it's tasty! Thanks for commenting!