Cherry Bruschetta

Bruschetta is usually made with a topping of tomatoes, herbs and a sprinkling of cheese, but this summer, why not try a new twist on this Mediterranean favorite.  Whether you serve it for snacks or hors d’oeuvres, this variation will be a hit. Toasted slices of baguette are topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and a mixture of chopped fresh sweet cherries, sweet pepper, green onion and lime.  A sprinkle of thinly sliced fresh basil and it’s the poster dish for summer.  Baguette loaves vary in size so choose the size that fits your need.  An afternoon snack with a glass of iced tea may call for the larger loaf.  Use the smaller loaves to make bite-sized hors d’oeuvres that are perfect for stand-up parties and wine tastings.

YIELD: 18 appetizers

INGREDIENTS

    • 18 slices (1/2-inch thick) small baguette-style bread*
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
    • 1-1/2 cups pitted Dark Sweet cherries, coarsely chopped
    • 1/4 cup each chopped cilantro and diced yellow sweet pepper
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
    • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil

*Recipe was developed for small loaves about 2-inch in diameter.   When using larger size baguettes, use 12 slices.

METHOD

    1. Toast one side of baguette slices at 350°F 5 minutes. Turn slices, brush with olive oil and bake 5 minutes longer.
    2. Combine cherries, cilantro, pepper, green onions, lime juice, lime peel, salt, pepper and remaining olive oil; mix well.
    3. Top each slice of baguette with a thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, a heaping tablespoon of cherry mixture and sliced basil.  Serve warm or cold.

 

Nutritional Analysis Per Appetizer:  63 Cal., 2 g pro., 2 g fat (27 Cal. from fat),

10 g carb., 2 mg chol., 1 g fiber, 142 mg sodium.

 

Recipe created by: Northwest Cherries