Monday, July 9, 2012

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

So pretty on a strawberry plate!

I have seen several recipes for this in magazines and decided that I needed to try this out. I used my French baguettes that I had made recently, found  here.  I used goat cheese, but I'm thinking that cream cheese or marscapone would be a good substitute. This makes for a fun, summertime appetizer that's tangy, yet sweet with the hint of basil.  Here's my version:


Strawberry plates are from Pier 1

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
8 (1/2-inch thick) slices French baguette, sliced diagonally
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil                                          
Pinch kosher salt
1/2 cup goat cheese, divided

In a small saucepan, bring vinegar and sugar to boiling. Cook until reduced by half. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature.

In a medium bowl, stir together balsamic reduction, strawberries, basil and salt. Let stand at room temperature.

Preheat broiler to high. Place baguette slices on sheet pan and broil until toasted, about 1-2 minutes each side, watching carefully!! Remove pan from broiler.

Spread one tablespoon of goat cheese on each slice of baguette. Top with balsamic strawberries, and if desired, garnish with additional basil leaves.

A dear friend made this centerpiece for me as a birthday gift several years ago.

Strawberry pitcher is from a gift card to Sur La Table

I made the strawberry topper from a vintage tablecloth, which is backed with a red polka dot fabric and trimmed with jumbo black rick rack.  I used mason jars for ice tea topped with black gingham napkins that I made.

White plates are Mikasa English Countryside; flatware is by Cambridge from Homegoods.

I am sharing this with:

Mix It Up Monday!

On the Menu Monday

You're Gonna Love It Tuesday

The Bunny Hop

Let's Dish!

Full Plate Thursday

Tablescape Thursday

Foodie Friday

Weekend Potluck

Seasonal Sundays


  1. This sounds great and is pretty, I still haven't tried goat cheese, no idea what I'm waiting for! Lovin' the jumbo rick-rack on your topper:@)

  2. That bruschetta looks wonderful and I love your strawberry table!

  3. This looks so appealing.
    Hey thank you so much for following Carole's Chatter. I am now following you, too!
    Have a good one.

  4. Kitty...Love the recipe. Made something similar a couple of weeks ago and it was so good. Your table cloth and plates are adorable. And the red silverware is the perfect accent. Great it ALL!!


    PS Thankyou so much for your kind comments on my fire post. It was sure scary while it was happening!

  5. Kitty, the strawberry plates are adorable and perfect for your bruschetta! I love the black and white gingham napkins in the mason jars!

  6. That looks yummy, Kitty. And your strawberry plates are just the cutest!..Christine

  7. Wow! Strawberries all around. Love that Strawberry pitcher and the black pop from the big rick rack and check napkins.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my Lavender Fields post. With your culinary expertise, you would have enjoyed visiting there... Lavender tea, Lavender honey, Lavender Herbes de Provence...


  8. I love your strawberry table! Very cute tablecloth. Lovely plates and pitcher. Your bruschetta looks wonderful!

  9. This recipe is so similar to the one I posted here: I do want to try yours with bread and no onions.. I can imagine how the strawberries burst with flavor on the homemade bread.

    Love the sweet strawberry plates, pitcher, and the vintage tablecloth!!! xo marlis

  10. Kitty~ I've seen several versions of your balsamic berry bruschetta~ yours sounds delicious with the goat cheese! I love your vintage topper combined with the polka dot fabric and rick rack! Adorable pitcher :)

  11. The strawberry table is adorable. Love that you made a table runner with a vintage table cloth.

  12. I like the idea of strawberry bruschetta...a perfect choice for your darling tablescape. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  13. Kitty, clever idea to take a vintage table cloth to make a topper. Your strawberry theme table is delightful and the bruschetta looks delicious.

  14. Looks like everything's coming up STRAWBERRIES! It's all so pretty and your recipe looks wonderful. My husband was "forced" to pick strawberries as a child, so I get them all to myself!

  15. What a cute table, and your recipe looks good. Like the touch of black gingham napkins in the mason jars!

  16. Oh, this sounds that pitcher!

  17. I like what you have done with the vintage table cloth! The black gingham napkins look great with it. Not to mention the Strawberry delight!

  18. Very pretty! The combination sounds tasty!

  19. Your strawberry bruschetta look delicious! Strawberries and balsamic are such a wonderful combination. I'd like them with cream cheese or mascarpone too! If you have time, I'd love it if you would share this post with The Gallery of Favorites, a weekend blog hop live on my site now.

  20. Kitty, this recipe looks divine! It has all my favorites, and I just adore all of your strawberry items. Year ago, I had strawberry wallpaper in a house and had a lot of strawberry decorative items. Wish I had them back now! Love your vintage tablecloth.

  21. How could this combination NOT be a winner! Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Your recipe looks awesome! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  23. The recipe founds wonderful and your strawberry plate and table decor are perfect for the recipe.

  24. Gorgeous!!! The food and the table! Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. This recipe is really intriguing me! Strawberries are used in so many different ways now. I will be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing!

    Susan and Bentley

  26. Love the tablescape with the wonderful strawberry accessories. How fun are they and the fabulous vintage tablecloth. Gorgeous. The Bruschetta looks amazing. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  27. All those strawberries look wonderful!

  28. I love bruschetta and this sounds delicious!

  29. Oh..I love the sounds of this! And your table is just the sweetest with the black accents the strawberry red just POPS! Thanks so much for sharing at my party! I love it!

  30. These look stunning and amazing... and super delicious; Hopping over from Miz Helen's place today! xoxo
    Erin @SalmonAtSeven


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