Friday, July 15, 2011

4th of July Strawberry-Blueberry Bruschetta by Suzie Romans


Combine the favorite dessert pairing of strawberries and balsamic vinegar with creamy ricotta or sweetened cream cheese and toasted bread, and you have a perfect appetizer. In the test kitchens, we thought these were delicious for breakfast, and they would make a pretty addition to any summer party. Serves 8 Total time: 25 min Prep time

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon(s) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon(s) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and cut into 1/3-inch slices and 1 pound bluberries ( can be sugared)
  • 8 slice(s) (each 3/4 inch thick and 5 inches wide) rustic country bread
  • 1 container(s) ricotta cheese or 8 oz. cream cheese mixed with 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch(es) (about 32 leaves) basil, torn if large

Directions

  1. In large bowl, stir brown sugar, vinegar, and vanilla until sugar dissolves. Stir in sliced strawberries. Let stand 1 hour.
  2. Toast bread until golden brown. Cool completely.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons ricotta or cream cheese on each bread slice. Alternate strawberries and basil leaves in a single layer, overlapping slices. Drizzle strawberry juices over top and serve.

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