Grilled Pineapple and Bacon Blue Cheese Bruschetta

Linda Dalton

By
@Stripey

This is a variation of a tasty little appetizer I entered in a recipe contest not too long ago. It's got lots of flavor and is sure to wake up all your tastebuds.


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Serves:

8

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Grill

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Blue cheese and bacon don't get any better! When you add in the grilled pineapple and the cranberries, you get a touch of sweetness. This makes a party-perfect appetizer great for the holidays.

Ingredients

1 1/2 can(s)
8 oz each of sliced pineapple (only use 6 slices)
1/2
baguette sliced 3/8" on diagonal
5 slice
bacon, cooked and crumbled
8 oz
neufchatel cheese softened
5 oz
crumbled blue cheese softened
1/3 c
raisins or dried cranberries
2 stalk(s)
celery finely chopped
3 tsp
scallions finely chopped
2 tsp
pineapple juice from canned pineapple slices
2 tsp
worcestershire sauce
parsley or mint for garnish

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook bacon, crumble and set aside. Heat your grill (or indoor grill pan which is what I use). Grill bread slices on both sides and set aside.
2
Grill 6 slices of drained pineapple on both sides (save the liquid) and set aside. When the slices are cooled, finely chop 4 of the rings, and set those aside- they'll be going into the cheese mixture.
3
In medium size bowl combine the Neufchatel and blue cheese. I use a flexible spatula to do this. Add pineapple juice (from sliced canned pineapple) and Worcestershire sauce. Now add the scallions, celery, raisins (or cranberries), crumbled bacon and chopped pineapple.
4
To plate, place a heaping T of cheese mixture on grilled bread. For a fun garnish, cut the remaining 2 slices of grilled pineapple into 4 pieces so they look like little fans. Place 1 "fan" atop each bruschetta, then add a sprig or two of parsley or mint.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American