Easy & Versatile Bruschetta Recipes

I challenge you to find someone who doesn’t love bruschetta. Seriously. Because I mean, can’t we all agree with Oprah that bread is simply amazing? It is incredibly adaptable, can be adjusted to take into account allergies, and a fresh loaf right out of the oven is basically a carb filled hug. So I’m reminding you that when you are wracking your brain for a new and unique appetizer (one can only eat so many meatballs, am I right?), you should look at the bread you have on hand and transform it into bruschetta. Here are some easy and versatile bruschetta recipes that will please any and all types of crowds.

The Base

First off, let’s talk about what bruschetta entails. It’s pretty simple really and consists of grilled bread that is rubbed or topped with additional ingredients. That’s it. It can be a simple snack for the after school crowd or something sophisticated that you would serve when your boss comes over to dinner.

 

The most important thing is that you start with a solid base such as ciabatta, French baguette, or a rustic loaf of multigrain bread, and then the rest is delicious fun. Just be sure to get a good grill mark on your bread (this can be easily done by placing a piece of bread on either an indoor or outdoor grill at high heat for 2-4 minutes, and then turning the bread so that you create a beautiful criss-cross grill mark pattern.

 

The Toppings

As for what you decide to top your bruschetta with, the sky is the limit. The savory route seems to be most popular and everyone tends to expect some type of basil, tomato, and cheese concoction when they hear the term “bruschetta.” But you can totally surprise your guests and turn your recipes up a notch by experimenting. The key is that you create a balance of flavors…something a little sweet, something a little salty, and a pinch or two of heat.

 

I recommend taking some help from the grocery store and using some of the spreads their in-house chefs have created, as well as picking what looks especially delicious from their salad bar and other prepared food sections. No matter how many times I have tried, I cannot replicate the delicious flavors of the Kirkland brand jarred pesto that is sold at Costco so that is my stand by when making bruschetta…just don’t tell too many people about my delicious party secret.

 

Here are some of our favorite SAVORY bruschetta recipes:

 

Traditional Caprese

Toasted bread, smear of jarred pesto, slice of tomato, slice of fresh mozzarella. Put the bruschetta under the broiler until the cheese starts to brown (about 2-4 minutes), let cool and enjoy!

 

Pancetta & Dates

Taking a cooking class at the Chicago Botanic Garden inspired this bruschetta dish. Out of all the ones on my list, it takes the most prep work but it is definitely worth it. First, bake pancetta at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Once fully cooked, your pancetta slices will shrivel up and fit well onto your grilled bread. Add a dollop of creamy goat cheese and top with a sliced date. Finish off your bruschetta by adding just a touch of honey on top.

 

Sausage and Peppers

If you think this combination is delicious on pizza, be sure to try it on grilled bread. Uncase and cook the sausage fully in a frying pan, then add one large sliced pepper to the same pan. Cook the mixture until both the sausage and pepper are browned (about 8-10 minutes total from start to finish). Place the mixture onto grilled bread and top with crumbled gorgonzola for a unique kick.

 

Goat Cheese & Balsamic Berries

It might sound like a strange combination, but I swear there is nothing better than the combination of a smooth, creamy cheese and tart sliced strawberries (you can also substitute dried berries if fresh ones are not in season). Top with a sprinkle of sugar and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and you will SWOON.

 

Garlic & Parmesan

The most traditional way to enjoy bruschetta is also the simplest. After grilling your bread, rub a clove of garlic against the bread, top with a drizzle of olive oil and finish the bruschetta with a light topping of freshly shaved parmesan cheese. So simple yet oh so delicious.

 

Fruit Pizza Bruschetta

Make your own version of fruit pizza as a bruschetta dish by mixing ½ cup of sugar into 1 cup of cream cheese and coating the bread with the sweetened mixture. Next, top the bruschetta with any berries that are in season. I like to add a garnish of either fresh mint or basil on top of the berries to add a finishing touch.

 

Nutella Almond Bruschetta

For nut lovers, serve them a decadent slice of grilled bread covered in Nutella and sliced almonds. Add coarse salt to the bruschetta before serving in order to achieve the ultimate sweet and salty combination.

Looking for other easy recipes (including the easiest and most delicious cocktail EVER) that are perfect for parties and holidays? Here you go!

Bon Appetite!
Amanda
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Comments

  1. Alli Smith says

    I’m definitely a bruschetta lover and I’m always on the hunt for recipes to add to my collection. I’m looking forward to trying the goat cheese and berries. Sounds amazing!

  2. Jen Temcio says

    I didnt know that there are cooking classes at the Chicago botanical gardens! I am going to look into that. I am going to borrow your recipe for the Pancetta & Dates as a Thanksgiving appetizer.

    • Amanda says

      The CBG cooking class was such a great date night for my hubby and I. And we were definitely the youngest ones there so it made us feel young and spry! 😉

  3. Lisa says

    I’m a big fan of traditional bruschetta. I never thought of changing up the toppings for a different dish. This would make a great appetizer.

  4. o says

    I like the garlic and parmesan and the sausage and peppers. I love these two than the sweet bruschetta ideas. But then of course, I am only speaking for myself. I know my family will go nuts over the Nutella and almonds idea.

  5. Claudia Krusch says

    We love bruschetta in our house. I will have to give a few of these recipes a try. It is a great appetizer for the holidays.

  6. Tomi c says

    I love bruschetta. There’s always a place on my table for a quick and easy appetizers and this is definitely a quick and easy appetizer. Bruschetta always wows at the office holiday potluck

  7. Julee says

    I love me some bruschetta. I’m pretty traditional but your list has me thinking perhaps I need to broaden the bruschetta horizon and try something more than the caprese one!

  8. April says

    I LOVE Bruschetta. I have never thought about making it any other way than traditional. I will have to try one of these recipes. My husband loves sausages.

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