Shey B

Strawberry Bruschetta

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I’ve never really liked to cook.  I never could find the joy of it.  For me it was a pain, it was messy and I just didn’t know what I was doing.  When I was actively making camera straps I also had absolutely no time to make a decent meal other than spaghetti, mac & cheese or some other quick meal.

One day while browsing through Pinterest {which is my new favorite time suck} I saw a pin for Strawberry Bruschetta.  I was intrigued enough that I bought the ingredients at the store.  My parents just happened to be here picking up the girls for their 3 weeks with them, so they were my guinea pigs.  When they say you learn something new about your husband all the time, it’s true.  Because Mike wouldn’t eat this Strawberry Bruschetta.  Even though my parents and Angelina were raving about how good it was.  Come to find out, my husband doesn’t like goat cheese, and that’s what the original recipe called for.  I adore goat cheese and couldn’t imagine anyone not liking it, but I feel that way about a lot of things.  haha!

Over the next couple of weeks I couldn’t get this Strawberry Bruschetta out of my mind.  I was thinking of what cheese I could use instead of goat that Mike would eat it with.  Not only that, but what cheese could I use that would taste good with this combination of ingredients.  Then it dawned on me while eating lunch one day.

To say I love Brie cheese is a “mild” understatement.  I could live on Brie and Baguettes for the remainder of my years.  Although, Havarti cheese ranks pretty high up on my list.  Havarti is creamy, and so so delicious.  Anyway.  We aren’t talking about Havarti, are we?  No.  Back to my beloved Brie.  So one day I’m eating lunch.  And I swear that I’d fit right in in Paris.  Because I hear Paris has so many bakeries that you’re practically tripping over pastries and breads while walking the cobblestone streets.  Paris, I can’t wait to meet you.  ;)  Back to my lunch.  On my plate was a demi baguette, Brie, Havarti & Smoked Gouda cheeses, strawberries and grapes.  Oooo!  My mouth just watered while I typed that.  haha.  It struck me then that Brie and strawberries taste delicious when they’re in my mouth together.  So, boom.  My mystery was solved.

While in San Francisco I was really wanting to make Strawberry Bruschetta.  And it just so happened there were a lot of people in that house.  So I went on my marry way making MY version of this delicious treat.  Once finished, I tasted it, and it was absolute p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n.  All the flavors just worked.  Then my husband, and 2 other guys tried it.  And they all raved how good it was.  Sweet!  My husband actually ate it, because he and Brie are buds.  Unlike goat cheese.  Goat cheese was kicked to the curb.  I will just enjoy goat cheese on my own. MORE FOR ME!  ;)

After raving and praising my Strawberry Bruschetta online, a lot of people started asking me if I would be willing to share how to make it.  “Of course I’m willing!” I said.  Because I am.  Everyone needs to have Strawberry Bruschetta in their lives.  So, I am more than happy you all asked!  And after this if you become obsessed with baguettes,  my best friend Jess has a club you can all join.  It’s the “Shey got me obsessed with baguettes” club.  :)  For dinner tonight I had a demi baguette with my homemade butter.  Yes obsessed.  Oh and the butter… I will share a post about how to make homemade butter soon.  :)

While this meal or snack or h’orderve isn’t complicated and it’s not even cooked.  Seeing others enjoy a food I made inspired me.  It inspired me to cook more often.  To improve what I put on our dinner table every night.  Cooking is an art form, yeah?  It’s creative and what you have at the end is handmade.  So, stay tuned for more cooking posts on my blog!  Because I am excited about cooking for the first time in my entire life.  :)

 

So without further mussing, here is the how to make Strawberry Bruschetta…

Here is what you need.  A baguette {doesn’t have to be a demi}, strawberries, basil, and Brie.

You will also need AGED Balsamic.  You can find it in any grocery store.

Turn your oven on and heat it to 350 degrees.  Throw your baguette in there.  While it’s heating to perfection, cut your strawberries up.  Cut them pretty small.  You don’t want huge chunks.

Then sprinkle about 1/2 a tablespoon of sugar on to your strawberries and mix the sugar in until dissolved.  Should only take about 2 minutes.  Put strawberries aside and let the sugar make your strawberries juicier and sweeter.


Now. I don’t like the rind on Brie cheese.  That’s the only part of Brie that I really don’t like at all.  If you like it, then skip this step.  Take a knife and carefully slice the rind away.

Be careful not to cut too much of the cheese.  You want that Brie.  Don’t waste it.  :)

OK.  Now that that is done.  Set your Brie aside.  Take your basil {about 6-8 leaves} and lay them into each other.

Then twist the leaves so they look like they do below…

Now slice the basil thinly.

Now pull your baguette out of the oven.  And slice it up.  The thickness of the slices if completely up to you.

Take your Brie cheese and generously slather it all over each of your slices of baguette.  Yum!  Of course, you can eat some Brie while you’re making it.  I do.  ;)

Now begin loading each slice up with strawberries.

Don’t skimp!

Is your mouth watering yet?

Now put on your strips of basil.  Basil and strawberries are one of the best combinations.  Yum Yum Yum.

Now take your aged balsamic and carefully pour it over each slice.  This step is a must.  The aged balsamic adds an amazing flavor.

 Mmmmmmm


Looks delicious!


Now you’re ready to devour some Strawberry Bruschetta!

Enjoy!

3 Comments

  1. I have to tell you that I made this today to take to a get together and it was a hit. I cannot believe how super simple this was to make! I made it with the brie but will try the goat cheese version as well. :0)
    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. This. Looks. Yummy!!!! I should try this soon! Thx for sharing! xo

  3. I made this a few times and again this morning for a teacher’s luncheon, it was a huge hit!!! The flavors pair so well together. What wine goes well with this? I am having friends over later this month and want to serve this. I love that it isn’t too pricey either but super elegant! Thanks for sharing this.

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