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Elaborate, formal dinner parties tend to be one of two things: (1) stressful for those hosting or (2) boring for those attending.
I hesitate to write that, at the risk of sounding overly negative. But I think we can all agree that I’m mostly right.
So in recent years, I’ve ditched the notion of fancy get-togethers in favor of more casual, relaxed entertaining scenarios. With the exception of a few times a year ( i.e. = Thanksgiving), I tend to keep my gatherings low key, with a few simple food and drink options. And I let friends come and go as they please, free from the restrictions of a hard and fast time dictating when we all must sit down at the table together to dine. It just seems to work out better for everyone this way.
Bruschetta has always been one of my favorite foods to serve at casual gatherings. It’s versatile, with a seemingly endless number of savory and sweet options. It’s easy to make. And above all else, it’s a total crowd pleaser. I don’t know many people that will turn down a little toasty piece of bread piled high with fresh, seasonal ingredients. I would (and have on many occasions) happily make an entire meal out of bruschetta alone!
These two Summer Bruschetta recipes highlight everything that I’m obsessed with right now. I used a slightly sweetened whipped goat cheese as the base for both recipes. Then I went either savory, with a combination of corn, adobo sauce and basil. Or sweet, with a combination of fresh cherries, balsamic vinegar, mint and a drizzle of chocolate. I served both versions at a little outdoor garden party I had this past week, and they were a big hit with all my friends. In fact, people had a hard time choosing which one was their favorite!
To complete my garden soiree, I paired my Summer Bruschetta with a couple of Maison Louis Jadot Wines. The clean, fresh flavors of their Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay went perfectly with the savory corn bruschetta that I created. While their plump, juicy Beaujolais-Villages nicely played up the flavors in my sweet cherry bruschetta.
Maison Louis Jadot Wine is the #1 brand of French wine in the United States. Their wines are versatile, pairing well with so many of my favorite foods. And they are available at a great price point. It’s a wine that I’m happy to have in my home and serve to my family and friends!
- For the Bruschetta Base
- 1 rustic French baguette
- About 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces goat cheese, softened at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon honey
- For the Corn Topping
- 2 ears of corn, cooked and kernels sliced off
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- For the Cherry Topping
- 1 cup pitted and quartered cherries
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
- 1 ounce melted dark chocolate
- Make the bruschetta base. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice the French baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Brush both sides of the bread with a little olive oil. Then place the sliced bread on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in your pre-heated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. Meanwhile, with your stand or hand mixer, whip together the goat cheese, heavy cream and honey until smooth. Then spread a thin layer of this goat cheese mixture onto one side of the toasted bread. Set aside.
- Make savory bruschetta. Combine all of the ingredients for the corn topping in a medium bowl. Top about half of the bread with this corn mixture.
- Make the sweet bruschetta. Combine the cherries, balsamic vinegar and mint in a medium bowl. Top the remaining half of the bread with this cherry mixture. Then drizzle a small amount of melted dark chocolate on top.
- Serve immediately.
I agree that dinner parties should be simple too! This summer bruschetta is on point. Easy, delicious, and perfect for impromptu parties!
Exactly! Not too fancy. Just the way I like it!
YES to goat cheese! I loooove that cherry/dark chocolate combination with that burschetta base- wild flavors 🙂
I love that I can use the same base for lots of different toppings. Makes life easier!
I’m right there with ya for the casual//relaxed dining experience. Shmancy dinner parties can feel stuffy for sure, but getting together for food + drinks is all about letting it all hang out 😉 LOVING these two flavors of bruschetta..definitely perfect for summer entertaining.
I down with letting it all hang out. Lol.
As much as I love a small, formal dinner party, casual get-togethers definitely happen more often around here. They’re just so much easier to throw together and easier for people to commit to. The bruschettas sound BOMB and I’d happily eat both at a fun outdoor party with you. Love it!
And I’d happily invite you to my house for a fun outdoor party! 🙂
Absolutely love this, Liz! So creative.
Casual dinner parties are the best. You’re supposed to be with friends, so why not let your hair down! I love the choice between sweet and savory. I can see myself going back to both, seeing how each tastes after having the other and with the red or white wine.
Yes, multiple taste tests are encouraged! 🙂
I like how you garden party, Liz! Agreed… finger food and wine is the absolute best for ease of entertaining and fun. Getting to try a variety of tasty snacks is my favorite kind of entertaining… And this wine. I’ve not tied Maison Louis Jadot Wine, but it’s on the list! Love this, Liz… that corn and adobo.. then the cherries with vinegar? I’m drooling! I don’t know which would be my favorite. I’d be sneaking the entire board off to a corner all to my self! Delicious my dear! xo
I had a hard time picking a favorite, too. But in the end, the sweets always win out with me! 🙂
Oh I don’t think I’d be able to choose a favorite either, they both sound amazing! I love that you made a sweet and a savory bruschetta! And I’m with you on the whole dinner party thing, which is probably why I never host them…ha ha!!
Ha ha ha. Yeah, they used to stress me out big time. Now I try and chill!
These sounds bonkers delicious and so, so simple — and I love the styling in this post, too! Is that a little step ladder? The cutest!
Yes! An old step ladder that my Dad gave me. I’m kind of afraid to actually stand on it, since it’s so old and rickety. So I’m using it for photos instead!