Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta with Goat Cheese
Cooking is often described as, “a whole that is greater than its parts.” This Aristotle quote runs true for most cooking, but I found that this recipe in particular allows us to truly understand what he meant. This recipe is more than just superior to its ingredients; it plays on a whole other playing field.
French baguette, goat cheese, strawberries, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil… all flavours are quite strong, yet delicate at the same time. Each one has their own personality. But if you put them all together, they mix together and create something entirely different and entirely amazing.
If you want a recipe that is simple, easy to prepare, and will ‘wow’ a crowd, look no further. I have done the looking for you.
Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta
- 1 cup of strawberries, hulled and diced
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 french baguette
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh minced basil
- freshly ground back pepper
- In a medium size bowl, toss your strawberries, basil, sugar, balsamic, and oil together. Allow it to marinate for about 30 minutes.
- While your strawberries are marinating, preheat your oven to 350F. Slice your baguette cross-wise with a serrated knife, cutting thin pieces (I only used a half baguette). Line your baguettes onto a baking sheet, and toast them for 5-6 minutes, or until they start to turn golden around the edges.
- Spread some goat cheese onto each baguette piece, and top with the strawberry mixture and then a sprinkle of minced basil. Drizzle with a little more balsamic if you wish, and some freshly cracked black pepper.