When summer sweet strawberries are in season, you have to take advantage of the haul. Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta is a great way to highlight these luscious berries. Slices of baguette slathered with ricotta cheese and topped with the sweet bruschetta mixture. Garnish with a balsamic glaze and fresh basil.
Homemade bruschetta is so easy to make. Until I made fresh bruschetta for the first time, I was unaware of how quick and simple it is. No need to purchase pre-made when making fresh at home takes no time at all.
Turning simple ingredients into delicious dishes is one of my favourite things to do. Eating seasonal produce at its peak is so enjoyable. If only we could access to farm fresh produce all year long. Speaking of turning ordinary into extraordinary, have you ever tried cold smoked cheese?
Strawberry Bruschetta Ingredients
This easy strawberry bruschetta recipe requires only a few ingredients:
- fresh strawberries
- a nice fresh baguette
- ricotta cheese
- balsamic reduction
- fresh basil
- agave nectar
- basil flavoured olive oil
Have you been out to the markets getting your fill of strawberries while they are in season? Maybe you have been to the “pick your own” farms? The weather has been so warm, berries were ready earlier this year. We wait so long for this delicious season, I hate to see it come to an end. Nothing beats the taste of a ripe berry right from the field.
When anything is in season, try to come up with lots of options and delicious ways to enjoy the harvest. We have enjoyed strawberry cocktails, strawberry popsicles, pies, and scones. Why not try something a little different? I am a total bread and cheese lover, so a sweet bruschetta recipe sounded like a tasty plan to me.
Making Homemade Strawberry Bruschetta
This super easy bruschetta takes only minutes to make. Place sweet strawberries in a blender and blitz until just roughly chopped. You can even chop the berries by hand if you like.
Next, I placed the chopped berries into a bowl and mixed in some strawberry balsamic glaze (which is just strawberry flavoured balsamic reduced down to thicken).
At this point, you can add some sweetener if you like. I mixed in a teaspoon of agave nectar. Feel free to leave this out if you are happy with the sweetness of the berries. Set aside till ready to use. Simple right?
In this recipe, I used ricotta cheese. Honestly, you can make strawberry bruschetta with goat cheese, cream cheese, for even strawberries and brie would work too. Whatever suits your tastebuds (or whatever you have in the fridge) works with this sweet bruschetta recipe.
Cut the bread, slather on the cheese, top with the strawberry mixture. Garnish with a bit more balsamic reduction and fresh basil.
When Do You Eat Strawberry Bruschetta?
I literally ate this for dinner right after I finished the recipe shoot. Worked for me. This would be great as a brunch item or sitting on the patio in the afternoon with a nice glass of wine. Heck, I would even eat this as a dessert. Top it with whipped cream you can turn anything into dessert right?
If you are like me, this Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta is perfect any time of day (or night). Bread, cheese, and berries can fit into any meal. Enjoy strawberry season while it lasts.
What is your favourite recipe for using fresh strawberries?
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Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta With Ricotta & Balsamic Glaze
Perfect for brunch, on the patio with a glass or wine, or even a great way to end a meal. Sweet Strawberry Bruschetta WIth Ricotta & Balsamic Glaze features ripe, delicious berries at the height of strawberry season.
- 1 baguette (sliced into thick pieces)
- 8 ounces strawberries
- 1 tbsp balsamic reduction (I used strawberry flavoured balsamic glaze)
- 1 tsp agave nectar (optional)
- 10 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil (I used basil flavoured)
- fresh basil (for garnish)
- 1 tbsp balsamic reduction (for garnish)
For the Strawberry Bruschetta:
Wash the strawberries and place in a blender. Blitz until roughly chopped.
Alternatively, you can cut the berries by hand into small pieces.
Place in a bowl.
Add the balsamic reduction (or balsamic glaze) and mix. Taste to see if you would like to add any sweetener. I used some agave, but you could use honey or sugar if you wish.
Mix well and set aside till ready to use.
For the Ricotta:
Place the ricotta in a bowl. You can use just plain ricotta if you like (or any other soft cheese). I like to flavour my cheese, so I added some basil flavoured olive oil. You can use plain olive oil, skip this step completely or add some fresh or dried herbs to flavour the cheese.
Cut the baguette into thick slices (about 16 in total, depending on the size of the baguette).
Slather some cheese on each slice.
Top the cheese with some the strawberry bruschetta mixture.
Garnish with additional balsamic, and threads of fresh basil.
Use any soft cheese you like. Plain is fine but certainly can mix in any flavouring that you would like.
Agave (or any sweetener) is optional.
Enjoy this any time of day (or night).