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A Trio Of Bruschetta

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I participate in a cooks collective headed up by Sonal from simplyvegetarian777, you all know Sonal. She will ask those that participate in this Facebook event to come up with a recipe and link it to the Facebook page. This time, since the Superbowl is around the corner she asked us to prepare super bowl appetizers or snacks. This was right up my alley sinceΒ lately I have wanted food that is simple to make, takes very little time to cook, is snack size and delicious. I have made multiple loaves of this Rustic Italian Bread, I wrap it and freeze it and it is just as good as the day I bake it after some time in the oven to crisp and thaw.

There is really no recipe here, I am sure you have all had bruschetta, so simple to make and you can have an endless variety of toppings.. I made three different typesΒ all taking almost no time at all to prepare. They are wonderful as a starter or even a meal. You can make the tomatoes and squash and pesto ahead of time and refrigerate, I like to do that because putting these together will be quick and simple. There is really no recipe for this you can make them as you like and to suite your taste. The Super Bowl challenge must be vegetarian or vegan, this is a meat free zone. I love the idea of bruschetta with varied ingredients and flavors.

The Bruschetta

Ricotta, roasted tomato and basil

Parsley,basil,garlic and pine nut pesto with tomato, shaved parmigiana drizzled with balsamic vinegar

Oven roasted butternut sqush with sage and ricotta drizzled with honey..

You will need the following:

Start with a loaf of good rustic, peasant bread

Garlic 2 cloves – 1 for the pesto and the other to rub on the bread

olive oil

sea salt and pepper

Tomatoes – enough for oven roasted and sliced on top of the pesto

herbs, I like basil and parsley and dried sage for the squash

Ricotta

Cheese, romano and parmigiana

butternut squash cut into bite size pieces.

honey

pine nuts-toasted

Pre heat oven to 375. Toss the butternut squash with olive oil, sprinkle with dried sage and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. You can roast the tomatoes at the same time. Cut in half and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper takes approximately 30 minutes in the oven.

Make your pesto: In the food processor add a handful of Italian flat leaf parsley a couple of basil leaves, a clove of garlic, toasted pine nuts and grated cheese. Process until it’s chopped and then add 1/4 cup olive oil while the processor is running.

rustic italian bread

rustic italian bread

Slice your bread in approximately 1/2 inch thick slices diagonally. Β For the ricotta and roasted tomato and pesto bruschetta rub the bread lightly with a clove of garlic, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with the tinest amount of salt and place in the broiler just until it starts to toast, don’t let it get dark. Spoon some ricotta on a slice, arrange some roasted tomato, sprinkle some grated cheese and return to the broiler for a minute or so, just to heat it, it will get a little browned on top. Before serving drizzle with olive oil and place some basil leaves on to garnish.

Spread the pesto on the bread, add some sliced tomato and shaved parmigiana, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

For the Butternut Squash bruschetta, spread some ricotta on a slice of bread, place some of the roasted squash on top and place in the oven on broil for about a minute just to heat it and get slightly browned. To serve drizzle with some honey and sprinkle a few flakes of sea salt and some ground pepper.

More Bruschetta ideas

More Bruschetta ideas

 

 

 

 

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  1. Watermelon radish let me at it Suzanne!!! Woo-Hoo

    January 30, 2016
    • I am actually going to pickle some saw a recipe for taco’s on Laura’s Mess and she has a recipe for pickled radish. I have a bunch to use and will make tostada’s or tacos with them. YUM. Thanks Charyl.

      January 30, 2016
      • Yes, I pickle those rascals also they are just the best ever! Nice! But, then I pickle eggs in lemon vinegar too…OK HAHAHAHA…

        January 30, 2016
      • I’ve never had a pickled egg, ever and wonder how they taste and the texture. You should post your recipe for pickled radish so I can try it.

        January 30, 2016
  2. Fresh and nourishing – nice to look at ! J’ai faim ! merci amie πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2016
  3. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best – I’d have a hard time picking my favorite of these three.

    January 30, 2016
    • Thanks Liz, I totally agree. I would love to add a little of your chutney onto these.

      January 30, 2016
  4. skd #

    They all look so appetizing. Have to take eyes off the game to choose one…how about all of them πŸ‰πŸƒ

    January 30, 2016
  5. Suzanne, all of these are fantastic! I’m with you 100% about the simple to prepare! The flavor combinations sound delicious. Your photographs display the food to superb effect. Even I would go to a football party if those were on the menu. πŸ˜€ Mega hugs my friend.

    January 30, 2016
    • Thanks, I never go to football parties but if I did have one I would make these, they are simple and filling and delicious. Mega hugs to you my friend.

      January 30, 2016
  6. They all look delicious, and my favorite part…easy to make.

    January 30, 2016
  7. Perfect game day appetizers! I actually brought some bruschettas/crostinis to a Super Bowl Party a few years ago. They were a hit! Yours look delightful. The squash and sage are an excellent combination!

    January 30, 2016
    • Thank you so much Kathryn, yes I love the idea of something thats easy to eat, and does well sitting out; Love the squash and sage combination, thank you.

      January 30, 2016
  8. Huh? Super Bowl? Like. Big soup thingy malarkey ?

    January 30, 2016
  9. Delicious trio, Suzanne! I think I’ll choose the butternut squash…the flavors sound great and it’s a unique idea (in my little world at least!). Perfect for game day…or any day!

    January 30, 2016
  10. Beautiful Suzanne, love finger-foods and this certainly takes it up a notch. That rustic bread looks fabulous!

    January 30, 2016
    • Thank you so much Loretta, the bread is so good. I have to make some more, always like to have it on hand.

      January 30, 2016
  11. Yumm these are just beautiful looking and sound so nice! Butternut squash yumm!

    January 30, 2016
    • Thanks so much Lynn, I really liked the squash with the ricotta it tasted so nice.

      January 30, 2016
  12. All versions look so tasty! The perfect leisure food. πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2016
  13. OH yes…. this trio looks absolutely divine. Can I come over..? 0:-)

    January 30, 2016
  14. They look so brilliant Suzanne. ..

    January 30, 2016
  15. These all look so delicious! I especially like the one with pesto..yum!

    January 30, 2016
  16. Hi Suzanne, your beautiful pics have made me change my mind about what to have for dinner, now veggies on toast sounds so much better, fantastic super bowl or any day snacks.

    January 30, 2016
    • Thank you so much Cheri. I love eating like that, simple and it doesn’t require a lot of prep or time standing over the stove.

      January 30, 2016
  17. I don’t think I’d be able to choose just one, they all look delicious Suzanne! My favorite part of the Super Bowl has always been the food, commercials, and half time show πŸ˜‰ Now you’ve given me some inspiration!

    January 30, 2016
    • I am not a football fan but do enjoy the commercials and half time show. The food of course is always good and makes the whole day more fun. Thank you so much Heather.

      January 30, 2016
  18. Each one of them is very delectable. Very colorful with varieties of flavors. Yum! πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2016
    • Thanks Fae, I just love the colors, vegetables make the most wonderful and colorful meals.

      January 31, 2016
  19. All the varieties look delectable and so colorful ! A treat to the eyes πŸ™‚

    January 30, 2016
  20. This is just a fabulous party food! And you have set the bar so high for crostinis or Bruschetta :). The trio is gorgeous. If I had to pick the pesto would have gotges my attention. The butternut squash is such a unique idea with honey drizzle and the simplest one with just ricotta and roasted tomatoes is elegant…
    Thanks for bringing it for my collective Suzanne!! I am sure this is a winner party food! πŸ˜€β€οΈ

    January 30, 2016
    • Thanks Sonal, made these just for your party. You should try the squash with the drizzle of honey and ricotta, it really is so delicious. Thanks again for hosting the party.

      January 31, 2016
  21. You didn’t catch me this morning Suzanne, I had breakfast before reading.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    January 31, 2016
    • Next time David, I will get you next time. Thank you so much and massive hugs back my friend.

      January 31, 2016
  22. Looks awesome πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2016
  23. Delicious, the tomato and pesto is the one for me πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2016
    • Thanks Andrea, it is good. I love parsley so used more parsley than basil for this one it tasted very fresh and delicious.

      January 31, 2016
  24. All of them looks very appetizing and colourful. Loved the butternut squash with ricotta and honey. Yum Yum!!

    January 31, 2016
  25. Suzanne, this looks so good. What an healthy alternative to the chips and dips. I might make some for next weeks party. Instead of ricotta I mighty use goat cheese. Have a lovely Sunday. How is your snow situation?

    January 31, 2016
    • I love the idea of goat cheese. Love it. You are right it’s much better than all the chips and things that are consumed while watching the big game. Thank you so much Gerlinde.

      January 31, 2016
  26. They all look lovely, and of course, I love the bread πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2016
  27. okiewinegirl2015 #

    Thanks for the butternut squash idea! I have one sitting on my counter that will be happier at the Super Bowl party than being soup for dinner. Bruschetta is my favorite food group! Gracias!

    January 31, 2016
    • Thank you so much. I will sometimes let a butternut squash sit for a long time also, I need different recipes other than soup, They are really good simply roasted in the oven. Thanks so much Allison.

      January 31, 2016
  28. Looks absolutely amazing Suzanne, I love bruschetta (I just love ‘things on toast’ really, whether it’s Italian style or not! Yum) xx

    January 31, 2016
    • Me too but then I am a real fan of bread or toast. I like it way too much, LOL, thanks Laura.

      January 31, 2016
  29. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Not much for football parties but if these are served I would definitely go. They all look so good so I will try one of each? πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2016
    • Honestly I’m not either, I like the half time show and watching some of the commercials but it’s really the food that I like on super bowl Sunday. Thanks so much Dyanna.

      February 1, 2016
  30. You couldn’t have come up with a better appetizer, Suzanne! I loooove bruschetta – your ricotta, roasted tomato and basil … definitely my favorite! πŸ™‚

    January 31, 2016
  31. Looks so tasty!!!
    Please visit and follow my blog (www.lazymomcooking.wordpress.com) or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas

    January 31, 2016
  32. Bruschetta is such a classic and all of your creations look so divine and delicious!

    February 1, 2016
    • Thank you so much Jasline, I love small bites, bruschetta or tapas, anything small and with some variation.

      February 1, 2016
  33. A favorite appetizer any time of the year. Thanks for all of the suggestions – as I mentioned before I can’t wait to grow my own watermelon radishes this spring.

    February 1, 2016
    • I have some watermelon radishes that I am going to pickle today. Love them and can’t wait to see your home grown radishes. Thanks so much Judi.

      February 1, 2016
      • I hope they look as pretty as the ones on top of your homemade bread πŸ™‚ I wonder if I can find any in the stores?

        February 1, 2016
      • I get them from the CSA, Farmigo they have them every week. I have seen the regular red radishes in the stores. I can’t wait until those beautiful French radish are at the market, those are another favorite of mine.

        February 1, 2016
  34. WOW! These all look incredible. My mouth is watering! And what is the one with the egg that magically appears? Holy cow. I know I will like them all but the butternut squash with honey is a new twist on bruschetta. Great job!

    February 1, 2016
    • Ha, you caught that. The one with the egg was breakfast so I like to call it a breakfast bruschetta, I pan fried the bread in a garlic infused olive oil, smeared with roasted tomatoes and added a medium soft egg. It was good. LOL. Thanks Michelle.

      February 1, 2016
  35. You’ve created some wonderful combinations – I love bruschetta. It’s one of the things I really miss about not being able to eat wheat. They’re so photogenic too. πŸ™‚

    February 1, 2016
    • Thank you so much. The colorful vegetables make this easy to photograph. Nature provides great subject matter.

      February 1, 2016
  36. I adore bruschetta. What a fun, delicious, simple way to make a meal. Butternut with sage and ricotta is such a fantastic combo!! xo

    February 1, 2016
    • Thanks so much Em, I thought the butternut squash and sage was delicious with the ricotta, I drizzled on a pumpkin/goldenrod honey and it was so good.

      February 1, 2016
  37. I love how you created some different flavor profiles here with the more classic tomato and basil, the sweeter butternut squash, and the pine nut balsamic. A terrific ‘flight’ of bruschetta!

    February 1, 2016
    • Thank you so much Mary Frances, it is a nice trio of different flavors.

      February 1, 2016
  38. The bread sounds amazing. Love the toppings you made as well and the meat free zone ideaβ™₯

    summerdaisy.net

    February 1, 2016
    • Thank you so much, I love this bread recipe. It’s so good. Making another batch right now,

      February 1, 2016
  39. I love snack / appetizer food, I would easily choose to eat bruschetta over an elaborate meal. Love all your combos.

    February 1, 2016
    • Me too, I prefer smaller snack
      type meals. Thank you so muchπŸ˜„

      February 1, 2016
  40. All these looks so delicious, I will need to try in near future πŸ˜€

    February 2, 2016
  41. butternut squash, sage, honey & ricotta??!! that’s brilliant Suzanne! and it comes with bread! Sounds like the perfect switch from Doritos and salsa for the Super Bowl!! What a fun post!

    February 2, 2016
  42. Woooów this are so delectable dear Suzanne 😚

    February 2, 2016
  43. What 3 different & very appetizing tasty recipes ! Yummm! I love it when you get all creative! Yummm!

    February 2, 2016
  44. The toppings look so colourful: looking at the images I would like to be able to reach into the internet and take a bite. Or two! I really like that they are easy to prepare.

    February 2, 2016
  45. they look amazing and delicious ! I will put them on my to do list ! πŸ™‚

    February 3, 2016
  46. I love bruschetta!This recipe sounds perfect too…amazing

    February 3, 2016
    • Thank you Lina, :o)

      February 3, 2016
      • ☺….Suzanne, I actually hold a monthly challenge. The challenge for Feb is different cakes…If you are free I would love to have you as the judge. Jhuls from thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com is already judging, but I need two judges. I love the cakes you make, so in case you are free and interested please let me know

        February 3, 2016
      • Lina I would love to, thank you so much. It’s an honor!πŸ˜„

        February 3, 2016
      • Thanks a lot…I’ll let you know the details soon…you can then sort it out with Jhuls also..

        February 3, 2016
      • Look forward to it! Thank youπŸ˜„

        February 4, 2016
      • I am so glad!! Thank you so much for accepting!

        February 4, 2016
  47. Lovely!! Especially use of butternut squash love it

    February 3, 2016
  48. Great bruschette, Suzanne. Your instructions are spot on: the bread should be toasted on the outside, but still soft on the inside.

    February 4, 2016
    • Stefan, thank you so much. Yes I totally agree about the bread and thank you for your kind comment

      February 4, 2016
  49. Wow ! what great ideas, thanks Suzanne πŸ™‚

    February 5, 2016
  50. Wonderful dish! I think I know what I’m taking to the Superbowl party!

    February 5, 2016
    • Thanks so much Julie. I can’t believe it’s Super Bowl Sunday in a few days,

      February 5, 2016
  51. I could make a meal out of these. YUMMO, my friend.

    February 14, 2016
    • Thanks Patty, I could eat it as a meal as well, I did exactly that.

      February 15, 2016

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