Belly up to the Bruschetta Bar!

Bruschetta-Bar-AnneliesaDuring a party that you’re hosting, how often do you find yourself in the kitchen, cutting, dicing or sautéing? Was that another knock at the door? Yep! And now you find yourself asking your guests if they wouldn’t mind answering it! While they are mingling amongst themselves, you’re probably getting the appetizers out, and missing all the good conversation and juicy stories, right? Well, I’ve got a Gr8 way for all of your appetizers to be out and ready while you keep your status of being the “hostess with the most-ess”! How fun does a Bruschetta Bar sound? Appetizers that they create and at the same time, it’s a conversation piece…a tasty one! The prepping takes the most time, but the best part is, it’s all done ahead of time, allowing you to enjoy all of the people you’ve gathered together.Bruschetta-Bar-veggies

Celebrating our daughter’s college graduation party of course we wanted to enjoy the day! Yay! This was our opportunity to test the Bruschetta Bar idea! Guess what?! It was such a hit, and so much fun that it will be front and center at our next celebration! We hope it will be at yours, too! The guests will have a Gr8 time and YOU will have a Gr8 time with them…and that’s the whole idea, right?!

Ingredients:

(Don’t’ the afraid of this list! These are just suggestions!)

  • French baguettes, sliced to the thickness of 1/2 inch
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic cloves peeled and halved
  • Balsamic glaze (Trader Joe’s)
  • Honey
  • Pesto
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Burrata cheese
  • Eggs, hard boiled, sliced
  • Chives, chopped
  • Chopped onions
  • Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • Mint, julienned (I snip with kitchen scissors)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Leeks (sautéed in olive oil)
  • Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • Prosciutto or thinly sliced salami
  • Smoked salmon
  • Mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Arugula leaves (stems removed)
  • Fresh dill
  • Basil, julienned
  • Garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Pear, sliced
  • 1 jar Marinated artichokes
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Blueberries
  • Walnuts
  • Apricot jam
  • Parmesan
  • Maldonado salt flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper, or set a pepper mill among the goodies

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Place bread slices onto a cookie sheet, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and bake until toasty. (Watch these carefully, as they can burn quickly.)

Gather all of your little dishes and let the fun begin! Place the toasted bread in a larger platter and all of your tastes and flavors each in its own little dish.

Bruschetta-Bar-MenuHere are a few combination ideas. I printed it out, placed it it in a frame for our guests to consider, but I loved seeing them create their own!

  • Goat cheese, artichoke and Parmesan
  • Ricotta, cucumber, mint
  • Ricotta, salmon, dill
  • Ricotta, strawberries and balsamic glaze
  • Ricotta, olive oil, lemon zest and salt flakes
  • Ricotta blueberries and honey
  • Ricotta, apricot jam and walnuts
  • Ricotta, tomato, basil, pesto
  • Ricotta, pears, walnuts, honey
  • Ricotta, eggs, chives,
  • Ricotta, lemon zest
  • Fresh mozzarella slice, pesto, salami or prosciutto, tomato, basil

Gr8 Tip:

I had a few of the combinations already assembled and plated, just to get them started and to get the idea.

Bruschetta-Bar-examples

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

The bread can be toasted the day before and kept in a tightly sealed plastic bag or container.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Brenda Perlin | 18th Oct 15

    This is adorable. I love it. What a fab idea. Thanks for sharing such a special occasion. Congratulations!

  2. Claudia Kerns | 20th Oct 15

    Looks overwhelming but I have tried a smaller version and everyone loved it. Nothing like a good Italian deli to have your back. Will try more of the ricotta dishes next time around.

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