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Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

In Life:

OK, the title of this blog post is actually backwards. We’re gonna do some Real Talk up front then move into the recipe.

Here’s the deal: This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of attending some pretty great events. I’ll quickly sum them up here. On Friday I attended the Slow Food National Leadership Conference here in New Orleans. It was great to be able to commune with like-minded folks. The highlight of that event for me was getting to hear Alice Waters give an impassioned speech on rejecting “fast food” culture and embracing a “slow food” culture. Her words were so prophetic. So inspiring. Moving, really.

On Saturday, I had two more wonderful experiences. I saw the Dalai Lama speak on Saturday morning. His messages of compassion and love were music to my ears. Over 8,000 people attended this particular speech, and it was enlightening, to say the least. Finally, on Saturday night, I had the honor to be a part of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian tribe’s performance of “Indian Red” during a Slow Food dinner celebration on the banks of Bayou St. John at the Bayou Boogaloo. It was intense and a little overwhelming (in the best way possible). Overall, it was a truly spiritual experience, and it ignited a fire within me. I feel alive, and it feels great!

Those three experiences have had profoundly positive, lasting affects on me and have allowed me to see that I’m on a bigger, greater path than I even envisioned. I feel like things are really moving forward for me. Finally. My vision and long term plans for this blog are solidifying and taking shape more and more each day. I see evidence daily that supports my choices these days, and that’s very comforting.

I feel like I might have seemed a little impersonal sometimes here on my blog in the past, but that was never intentional. It can be hard to find your voice when you’ve been silent for so long. It can be difficult to speak your truth when you’re unsure of exactly what that is. I feel like my values, particularly as it pertains to food and cooking, are finally in sync with how I’m cooking and feeding myself and Jeremy. The proverbial stars are beginning to align.

For those of you who have been on this journey with me so far. Thank you! Thank you so much. The support, feedback and comments I’ve received from you all have been touching. Truly. It’s helped to shape what Culicurious is and what it continues to evolve to. I feel like a butterfly emerging from the cocoon ready to fly and stretch out these new wings. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for us all. Indeed, it shall be good.

In Cooking:

Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

So today I bring you a pretty fantastic dish. It’s one of two strawberry-based hors d’oeuvres that we’ll be doing this week. This strawberry bruschetta recipe is exactly what it sounds like – we’ve replaced the normal tomatoes with strawberries and pretty much have kept the rest of the dish in its traditional state. The result is a sweet/savory/tangy hors d’oeuvre that will impress your guests but will be a breeze for you to prepare. Sounds like a winner to me!

Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

In concepting this recipe, I knew that strawberries and basil went well together. We saw that in January with my Strawberry shortcake recipe with basil whipped cream (guest published on Big Fat Baker’s blog). It’s already common knowledge that strawberries and balsamic vinegar pair well. This classic combination is simple yet so complex in flavors. The only part I wasn’t sure of was how the garlic and strawberry were going to pair together. But guess what, it worked just fine! Perhaps alone they would be odd, but with all the other ingredients combined, it produced a lovely balanced flavor combination.

Key Ingredients for Strawberry Bruschetta

Something else that’s pretty amazing yet super simple is grilled bread with a garlic clove rubbed on it. Oh my wow! I was eating this stuff plain, it was soooo good. I decided to go super traditional with this bruschetta recipe – obviously besides the whole strawberries-instead-of-tomatoes thing. In my research I saw that the bread for bruschetta is first grilled then lightly rubbed with a whole garlic clove. The garlic flavor is mild but pleasant. It provides a fantastic base for the toppings.

Grilled Bread for Strawberry Bruschetta

Speaking of toppings, this mix is so simple. We’re basically combining sliced strawberries with olive oil, basil and balsamic vinegar. Simple and done. I didn’t add any extra salt or pepper because I wanted to sweetness of the strawberries to stay present. The balsamic vinegar helped highlight that strawberry sweetness for sure. Like I said earlier, classic pairing. I also did not use any cheese on this recipe. I saw lots of strawberry bruschetta recipes with goat cheese on them. LOTS. So I went another route. I’m pretty glad I did because I love how this turned out.

Assembling Strawberry Bruschetta

Finally, one thing you want to do with these is basically assemble right when you’re ready to serve. If these sit around too long the bread will get soggy. The individual components can be prepared a couple of hours in advance if needed but this dish is truly best when made fresh and served right away. This has quickly become one of my favorite hors d’oeuvres. I hope it makes it onto your list, too!

Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

Yield: 6 pieces

Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe

This strawberry bruschetta recipe is garlic-rubbed grilled bread loaded with fresh sweet strawberries, fragrant basil and tangy balsamic vinegar. Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices sour dough baugette
  • 1 large whole peeled garlic clove
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon light olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade basil
  • 2 teaspoons good quality balsamic vinegar

Method:

  1. Grill bread slices. Once done, rub lightly with the garlic clove.
  2. Quickly toss the strawberries with the olive oil.
  3. Top the grilled bread with sliced strawberries, basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar
  4. Serve immediately.

Prep:30 min

Total:30 min

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