Do you have an abundance of sweet summer strawberries? Well I have the dish for you!
Strawberry bruschetta is basically the same as a tomato bruschetta, but just a bit sweeter. It still has the signature balsamic vinegar and spicy fresh basil, but the tomatoes are replaced with strawberries. My secret? Use those ripe berries that are just about to go bad – they release a ton of natural sweetness. Plus, your friends will eat it all so fast, it won’t matter that they were getting too ripe because it won’t have a chance to go bad.
Strawberries have been running through my kitchen lately so fast. I chopped a whole bunch of them for bridal shower mimosas just the other day. I was so excited to set up a mimosa bar for my sister in law to be, I sat down and made a huge list of fruits and juices to make a full bar that would cater to everyone’s mimosa fantasies.
Then after a day of pondering my list – which I do quite often when I create lists – I realized I needed to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid)… We only had ten attendees, so I narrowed my entire thought process down instead. I stuck with the basic orange juice but I also added a cranberry juice option. I got experimental and tried both! Sooo good!
For the fruit, I just stuck with strawberries and raspberries, but I had really ripe peaches that I needed to use so I chopped all those up too. They were a hit, some people used one type and others – like me – mixed it up and used all three! The champagne itself was the last ingredient at my mimosa bar. This is where that cheaper sparkling wine comes into play if you have some on your wine rack. I bought four bottles thinking we would probably get through two, maybe three. Oh I was so wrong! We got through all four, and I’ll bet a fifth would have been opened if I had it. It was such a fun and yummy morning.
So side track on mimosa’s there, but who wouldn’t? Bringing it back to this yummy appetizer, I made this for a fun girls night dinner a few weeks ago. One of the ladies was loving every bite and another was completely ignoring it! I found out she thought they were tomatoes which was an allergy for her, so I assured her otherwise. At that point the bruschetta disappeared even faster and there was barely any left for the two others that were still on their way!
Maybe you should give this a shot at your next girls night…. possibly with a mimosa?
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped small
- 2 tablespoons basil, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Sliced baguette, for serving
- Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, except the baguette, and let sit at least two hours or overnight in the fridge. Serve spooned on baguette slices.