Strawberry Bruschetta with a Balsamic Reduction Glaze is deliciously sweet and savory. Fresh strawberries with balsamic makes the perfect summer treat!
Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction Glaze
Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction Glaze is my go to summer treat, especially when I’m craving something sweet but not too sweet. This recipe combines sweet, plump strawberries with tart and tangy balsamic vinegar, reduced down to a thick glaze that coats the berries and creates the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Top it all with creamy goat cheese and you have a gorgeous appetizer that has all the flavors of summertime!
What is Bruschetta?
Bruschetta is simply toasted Italian bread, and is typically made with thick slices of toasted Italian bread drizzled with olive oil and topped with plump, juicy tomatoes and lots of garlic. The savory snack is one of my favorite ways to use up garden tomatoes during the summer. The beauty of bruschetta is how versatile it is. You can make it savory with tomatoes and garlic, or sweet, as in the case with this strawberry bruschetta. You can top crunchy bread with just about anything! For a beautiful savory option, I love this Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta.
Suggestions for Strawberry Bruschetta and Balsamic Reduction
- I’ve seen recipes on line for bruschetta made with strawberry jam or roasted strawberries, but I actually prefer using fresh strawberries. If you can find farm fresh berries this summer, they would be scrumptious! But grab a carton at the grocery store too, and slice them up.
- Balsamic reduction is very simple to make. Just combine balsamic vinegar and sugar in a sauce pan and bring it to a light simmer for a few minutes. Make sure to stir constantly and not over cook. You want it to be thick enough to coat a spoon when you dip it in. So delicious!
- I love this bruschetta with creamy, rich goat cheese, as it balances out the sweet and savory flavors of the strawberries and vinegar.
- If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can substitute brie, creamy Swiss or even plain cream cheese.
- Fresh basil leaves are a must for this recipe. You can buy a bunch at your regular grocery store or grab some from your garden. So fragrant and refreshing!
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How to Make Strawberry Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction Glaze
- Preheat oven to 375-degrees.
- Place balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small sauce pan, bring to a light simmer and reduce until it reaches about half the original volume and becomes slightly syrupy (about 5-10 minutes). Watch it closely, you don't want it to reduce too much and become TOO thick. You just want it to be thick enough to coat a spoon when dipped in.
- Combine strawberries, sugar, and basil in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
- Slice the baguette into about 20-24 slices (about 1/2" thick) and place on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil and place in oven for about 5 minutes or until the slices become golden brown, allow to cool 3-4 minutes.
- Spread a little goat cheese on each baguette slice then add a spoonful of strawberry mixture. Drizzle a little balsamic glaze over each piece and serve!