This Strawberry Bruschetta with a Balsamic Reduction Glaze is deliciously sweet & savory. Fresh strawberries with balsamic makes the perfect summer treat!
I have always liked the idea of strawberry bruschetta. I have looked through all my recipes and online for the perfect recipe but nothing seemed exactly right. I wanted to make something sweet, but not too sweet. I definitely wanted a balsamic element but not too vinegar-y. I have seen recipes online that call for more of a jam or roasted strawberries (which I actually tried making) but I like the fresh strawberry taste much better. I also tried a batch with just plain balsamic vinegar (not as a reduction). Definitely not as good.
For the cheese, goat cheese is strong and tasty, nicely balancing out all the other flavors. I realize that not everyone is a fan of goat cheese, so some good substitutes would be brie, “Skinny Cow” creamy Swiss or even just plain cream cheese. Do what you think you and your family/guests will like best. For the basil, you must use fresh basil leaves. Trust me, you will want that delicious fresh taste that only fresh basil can provide.
You are just going to love this recipe. It is another great way to use up those delicious strawberries that are coming into season right now! My whole family, including my kids… and my neighbors… gobbled these up. Enjoy!
Strawberry Bruschetta with a 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!