Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Brushetta with Balsamic Drizzle

This is one of those recipes I've tinkered with for a few years now. I think I finally have it the way I want it. It's a great appetizer or snack. You can make the bruschetta the day before so it's great for a party where you have a lot to make. Just toast the bread at the end and top with tomato mixture and you're set to go. Plus it's red and green...perfect for Christmas! Give it a try!

Bruschetta with Balsamic Drizzle:

6-8 roma tomatoes- chopped (firmer tomatoes are better for this recipe)
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 long skinny baguette sliced thinly (I used sourdough...but any kind of baguette would work. They often have them pre-cut in the bakery)

Mix all ingredients (except for bread) in a medium sized bowl. Allow to chill in fridge for at least 2 hours for best flavor. (I like to make mine a day ahead if I have time). When ready to serve slice bread and toast bread slightly in oven. Top each piece of toast with bruschetta and drizzle recipe below.

Balsamic Drizzle:
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 T. corn starch

Stir all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Boil until slightly thickened (add extra corn starch if needed). Let cool 5 min. or until thickened to consistency you would like (don't let it get too thick). Drizzle over bruschetta and toast. Enjoy!


  1. Dude, I totally just bought Balsamic vinegar for the first time the other day for another recipe. I might just have to try this! I'm supposed to bring a relish tray to a Christmas dinner; maybe I'll do this instead. Thanks!

  2. Did I ever tell you how this turned out? It was the hit of the party; my girlfriends were even asking to take the extras home for a "midnight snack." So thanks! (And I just realized a week or two ago that you sent me this recipe more than a year ago, along with the fruit salsa recipe I ended up actually doing instead ... glad I tried both of them! They are yummy!)

  3. yay! I'm glad everyone like it! I totally forgot that I'd sent it to you before. That fruit salsa is yummy too. I haven't made that forever! I will have to put that on my blog at some point. Thanks for reminding me :)

  4. Amazing! Absolutely loved it! I was searching everywhere for a recipe using the balsamic glaze because my husband and I had similar bruschetta at Weber Grill Restaurant in Chicago. So happy to have found this recipe! It will for sure be used often in my home! Oh and I re-posted it on my blog as well with a link back to yours. :) Thanks!

    1. Nicole, So glad you liked it. I actually just used part of this recipe in a new pasta dish this week too. So check back next week for pics of that. I will have to check out your blog too...looks yummy! :)

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