I’m so excited to have Claire from Sprinkes and Sprouts here sharing her amazing Strawberry and Feta Bruschetta! It’s the perfect summer appetizer for a crowd!
Hi there food lovers, I’m Claire and I blog over at Sprinkles and Sprouts. Sprinkles and Sprouts is my little space on the internet where I share my favourite foods, cocktails and entertaining tips! I am trying to make staying in the new going out 😉 it is a mission…..I am going to take over the world with it and bars and restaurants will hate me!
Haha, or maybe all that will happen is my parents will tell a few of their friends and they will have a few more dinner parties in the sleepy little English village they live in. I say sleepy but I actually think my parents have a bigger social scene than me…..although that isn’t hard! I now live in rural Western Australia. I am on first name terms with the kangaroos and kookaburras. (Well when my goat isn’t scaring them away!!!)
This is my second appearance on Cook.Craft.Love. I was here just over a year ago sharing a modernised appetiser classic AND my one tip for making sure that party appetisers are perfect. Check out Meaghan’s post for Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites to see the most important party tip ever! Seriously it is the ‘party holding’ grail!!!
Then recently Meaghan did a guest post for me, it was so super cute and fun! She sent me over some amazing pics of mini rainbow cakes. I loved them!!!!! And they are perfect for the kids to help with!
This time I am sharing another appetiser (which doesn’t follow my important party appetiser tip!!! OOPS!) but it is the perfect sit down appetiser. These Strawberry and Feta Bruschetta are great for when strawberries are super ripe, they are also perfect for when your strawberries are on the verge of turning. A slightly soft strawberry will work just as well here!
Strawberries make me happy! But not for the reasons you may think. Yes they are super sweet and juicy, yes they are quintessentially English (like me), and yes they are the fruit of summer. All of that is reason enough to love strawberries. But that is not why they make me happy. They make me happy because they are so naturally beautiful. Just look at a strawberry. Bright beautiful red, deep green stalk and dotted with sweet little yellow seeds. They are just stunning. And they are a wonderful teardrop shape.
They make me happy because they are so naturally beautiful. Just look at a strawberry. Bright beautiful red, deep green stalk and dotted with sweet little yellow seeds. They are just stunning. And they are a wonderful teardrop shape.
Now I know not all strawberries are the teardrop shape or deep dark red, but I think that is another reason to love them so much. They are varied and different, yet we love them all and they just make me smile. I can’t explain it anymore than that.
So Strawberry and Feta Bruschetta; sweet strawberries, salty feta, pungent basil and the subtle bite of white wine vinegar all mixed together with a grassy EVOO and piled on top of crisp toasts.
So good, so fresh, so simple and most importantly these announce politely “Oh fabulous, please bring me a glass of wine and a sun lounger if you would be so kind”
These strawberry and feta bruschetta are also so pretty, I think they would be perfect for a girls lunch! Can you imagine being sat with your girlfriends and starting a meal with these beautiful bruschetta? It would be divine! And we all know that staying in, is the new going out!!
- 120 g strawberries (1 cup)
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp EVOO
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 8 slices french bread
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 75 g feta (1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Cut the strawberries into small chunks and place in a glass bowl.
Add the vinegar, EVOO, sugar, black pepper and dried basil.
Stir them gently and then put them to one side for 10 minutes to macerate.
Heat a a griddle pan over a medium-high heat.
Brush both sides of the bread slices with olive oil. Then grill for 1-2 minutes a side until they are golden with slight charring.
Crumble the feta into the strawberry mixture, add the basil leaves and stir gently to combine.
Pile the toasts with the strawberry mixture and drizzle over a small amount of the soaking liquid.
You shouldn't need any salt as feta is quite salty. But of you mixture needs it, add it to the top of the bruschetta as you serve or it will make back spots on your basil leaves.