Recipe courtesy of StrongerTogether.coop
Total Time: 15 minutes
Simple and elegant, this mouthwatering twist on a traditional Italian appetizer is a cinch to make. It’s believed that bruschetta originated as a way for olive growers in Ancient Rome to sample their freshly pressed olives after pressing at the local olive press. They would sample the freshly pressed oil over a slice a bread. More current versions of the dish featuring tomatoes over toasted bread developed during the 16th century in Italy. The word bruschetta roughly translates to “to toast” or “to roast over coals.”
- 2 fresh peaches
- 1/2 pint fresh strawberries
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked sea salt
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 6 ounces chevre
- 1 whole wheat baguette, sliced
Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Peel the peaches by bringing a pot of water to boil. Cut a small “X” into the pointed end of each peach, and submerge in boiling water for approximately 30 seconds. Remove the peaches from the boiling water with a strainer or tongs, and drop into a bowl of ice water. The skin will slip off, or at least, be fairly easy to peel. Halve, pit and dice the peaches and stem and dice the strawberries. Stir in the honey, sea salt, chives, thyme, sherry vinegar and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil; set aside. Brush the baguette slices lightly with the rest of the olive oil, and place in a single layer on a baking sheet in the oven to toast for 15 or 20 minutes, turning once halfway through. Spread the warm baguette slices with chevre and top with the fruit mixture.
This easy appetizer or snack takes advantage of summer’s most luscious fruits. Serve with a glass of sparkling lemonade, limeade or prosecco.
130 calories, 10 g. fat, 10 mg. cholesterol, 330 mg. sodium, 10 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. fiber, 5 g. protein