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4 Easy bruschetta recipes with delicious spring ingredients

Rowena Dumlao-Giardina resides in Italy, cooking and photographing her family's interesting meals on Apron and Sneakers. After moving to Italy in 1999 from the Philippines, she has traveled extensively around the country and the rest of ...

Bruschetta with spring ingredients is the easiest way to make fancy appetizers

Play up spring flavors with these easy and fresh cheese-and-vegetable combination toppings for bruschetta.

Because spring is already in the air, the desire to have lighter and fresher food is brewing. When the snow melts, we strip off our heavy coats and mittens, and we look for vibrantly colored, fresh vegetables combined with delicious ingredients.

Here are four kinds of bruschetta with cheese-and-vegetable combinations. They all have exciting flavors but require simple methods of cooking, because after all, bruschetta is supposed to be a simple and easy appetizer of any topping on toasted bread. The kind of bread you use plays a big role in making the bruschetta taste good, so choose sourdough or similar types. Drizzling extra-virgin olive oil on top of the bread not only traps moisture, preventing the bread from becoming soggy, but it also gives that perfect taste bruschetta should have.

Bruschetta with spring ingredients is the easiest way to make fancy appetizers

Bruschetta with roasted sweet potatoes, Gorgonzola and rosemary recipe

If you are a fan of sweet potatoes, then this delicious combination of Gorgonzola and fresh rosemary will grip you. The only "big" work here is roasting the sweet potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes.

Yields 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 30 minutes | Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 ounces Gorgonzola
  • Fresh rosemary, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. On an oiled baking dish, place the sweet potatoes, then drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle some salt.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender, and then mash them.
  4. Toast the bread in the oven.
  5. Drizzle 1 side of the bread with olive oil, and then spread the sweet potatoes on top. Distribute the Gorgonzola, and sprinkle with the fresh rosemary.
  6. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired.

Bruschetta with spring ingredients is the easiest way to make fancy appetizers

Bruschetta with ricotta, grapes cooked in port wine, spinach and walnuts recipe

With the lovely flavors of grapes cooked in port wine and the ricotta, this bruschetta is just bursting with great flavor. The walnuts and fresh baby spinach cut down the sweet edge of the grapes by a fraction and blend well with everything in one bite.

Yields 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 23 minutes | Total time: 33 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups red grapes, halved and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/3 cup port wine
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 8 walnuts, cracked

Directions:

  1. In a small, thick-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine the grapes and sugar, and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour in the port wine, and cook for another 10 minutes or until the liquid is reduced and lightly thickens. Set aside, and let it cool down.
  3. Toast the bread on a barbecue grill, a griddle, in an oven or in a toaster.
  4. Drizzle 1 side of the bread with olive oil, and then spread the ricotta on top.
  5. Distribute the spinach on top of the ricotta, and then add the grapes and walnuts.
  6. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired.

Bruschetta with spring ingredients is the easiest way to make fancy appetizers

Bruschetta with feta, asparagus and eggs recipe

Delicate flavors with the freshness of shaved asparagus give this bruschetta a peek of how spring tastes. The addition of Parmigiano-Reggiano gives it a boost of flavor.

Yields 4

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 3 minutes | Total time: 13 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, shaved
  • 8 fresh asparagus spears, shaved
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Toast the bread on a barbecue grill, griddle, in an oven or in a toaster.
  2. Drizzle 1 side of the bread with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle the feta on top, then add the shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano and asparagus.
  4. Grate the egg on top of the bruschetta, and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired.

Bruschetta with spring ingredients is the easiest way to make fancy appetizers

Bruschetta with goat cheese, orange marmalade and peas recipe

The slight saltiness of the goat cheese and sweetness of the marmalade create an incredible contrasting combination. Little bits of mint and blanched peas perfectly balance out everything and give it a fresh, spring feel.

Yields 4

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 13 minutes | Total time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup peas
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 teaspoons orange marmalade
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, bring a small saucepan with water and salt to a boil. When it boils, blanch the peas for 3 minutes, and then with a slotted spoon, transfer them to a bowl filled with ice and water. Drain well, and set aside.
  2. Toast the bread on a barbecue grill, griddle, in an oven or in a toaster.
  3. Drizzle 1 side of the bread with olive oil.
  4. Distribute the goat cheese on the bread, and then add a teaspoon of orange marmalade on top.
  5. Sprinkle on the peas, and then season with salt and pepper.
  6. Drizzle with more olive oil if desired.
Bruschetta with spring ingredients is the easiest way to make fancy appetizers

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