Last week, we hosted a party at our home, complete with lip sync battles and make-your-own Italian sodas. In addition to all of that awesomeness, we also had a bruschetta bar. I had gotten the idea from my friend Gaby, who shared photos of her own bruschetta bar on Facebook one day. I knew it was something I had to try, and I am so glad that I did! It was not only completely delicious, but perfect for entertaining.
What goes into a bruschetta bar? Glad you asked! Here’s what we did:
The Bread: Toasted baguette slices are perfect for bruschetta and they’re good even when they’ve cooled down, so you can make them ahead of time for the party. Simply slice baguette, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher or sea salt, and broil in the oven for a few minutes until lightly browned. Alternatively, you can toast the seasoned bread.
The Bruschetta Toppings: Since it’s a bruschetta bar you need some, you guessed it, bruschetta! In addition to traditional tomato and basil bruschetta, you also want to have a few other options for people to choose from. Mix it up with different flavors and have 4-6 different tomato toppings to choose from. Here are some recipes for inspiration!
- Traditional Bruschetta: Trader Joe’s makes a mighty fine jarred version if you feel like just buying it. This recipe from Simply Recipes is great if you’d prefer homemade bruschetta.
- Tomato Jam: I like adding in a sweet tomato jam to balance out the savory of the other toppings. This recipe from This Week for Dinner is simple but to-die-for delicious.
- Other Tomato Toppings: Find one or two other tomato toppings to mix up the flavors. This saffron tomato confit from What’s Gaby Cooking is fabulous.
- Tapenade: While tapenade is not bruschetta and doesn’t even have tomatoes, it fits in beautifully with the bruschetta spread and offers a salty option for folks. There are lots of great recipes out there, but I simply picked up a jar of red pepper and artichoke tapenade from Trader Joe’s!
Other Toppings: Feel free to throw in other toppings that pair nicely with bruschetta. I like to add a couple cheeses to the mix, including shaved fresh parmesan and a neutral-flavored goat cheese.
Labels: It’s a good idea (and a pretty touch!) to add labels so everyone knows what delicious toppings they have to choose from!
A bruschetta bar is a simple idea but it’s classy, fun, and oh-so-delicious. And now that it’s tomato season (ahhhh, summer!), all the more reason to get your bruschetta on!