Thursday, August 14, 2014

Strawberry Bruschetta with Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Drizzle

Strawberry Bruschetta with Goat Cheese
A tasty summer appetizer that can be put together in a short amount of time. The Crostini is topped with creamy goat cheese,  strawberries, candied pecans drizzled with balsamic and garnished with fresh basil.
recipe inspired by 
Balsamic Reduction

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar or chocolate balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
For the Crostini:
  • 12 slices baguette
  • 2 tsp. olive oil or Infused Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup candied pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons basil, julienned

Balsamic Reduction

  • Simmer the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar over medium heat until it reduces and thickens.  Reduce to 1/4 cup. 
  • Lightly brush the crostini with olive oil, toast or grill crostini until lightly golden brown.
  • Mix the strawberries and pecans. Spread goat cheese on the crostini. Divide strawberries among the crostini, drizzle with the balsamic reduction, Garnish with the basil.

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