Bruschetta Caprese With Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

9
Tammy T

By
@ttodd4jesus

My youngest daughter Laura and I made this together last night without a recipe to go by and it turned out fantastic! We just knew what we wanted to put on a baguette. Laura wanted the sweet balsamic reduction and that was a learning process! It was easy, but now we know you need to cool it to get it to the right consistency needed. And also, not to keep fresh basil leaves in the refrigerator as they will turn mushy and black! Still tastes ok, just not very appealing. LOL! I told her, that's the fun of cooking, learning! Even at my age, I'm still learning! We didn't make this when I was a kid.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

We absolutely loved this bruschetta recipe. It's a creative twist with the flavors of a Caprese salad. The classic flavors of the tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil are so refreshing. It reminds us of a summer garden. The toasted baguette makes this bite-size appetizer easy to eat. Where this gets special is the balsamic reduction. When it cools it really thickens up. Lightly drizzled onto the cherry tomato mixture brings all the flavors together. This is a filling appetizer or snack. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
as many as you want
Prep:
20 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • ·
    cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ·
    fresh basil, chopped
  • ·
    fresh mozzarella cheese, cut in slices or chunks
  • ·
    extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 c
    regular balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1
    loaf Italian baguette, fresh, sliced - rounds

How to Make Bruschetta Caprese With Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Step-by-Step

  1. Cut tomatoes in half. Chop basil. Place in a bowl together. Put as much basil in as to your taste. Cut cheese into chunks or use round slices. Mix with tomato and basil. If doing round slices of mozzarella, set slices aside.
  2. For the balsamic vinegar reduction: Add 1 cup of the vinegar to a small sauce pan. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar. Heat to boiling.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer 10-20 mins. Depending on how flat a pan you use. (This seemed to take us forever! Or we were really hungry) The smell is very strong so ventilate using your stove's fan. Another thing we learned! The vinegar should reduce down to about 1/4 cup and be slightly thicker still. Now, pour into a heat resistant bowl as the mixture is hot and put in the refrigerator until cooled and thickened. About 10 mins. Should be like a thick syrup, if it's thicker, that's ok too. It all tastes good!
  4. While you are cooling the reduction, set the oven to broil. Put the sliced baguettes on a cookie sheet and sprinkle the olive oil over the sliced baguettes. Not to saturate them, just to add flavor.
  5. Stick in the oven and broil until they are crisp and brown. Watch them closely as they brown fast! Take them out when crisped and add the toppings.
  6. Just pile the tomato, basil and cheese mixture on top of each slice. If using round mozzarella slices, put those on the bottom and pile the tomato and basil on top.
  7. Now drizzle the cooled balsamic reduction on top. You don't need a lot as it packs a lot of flavor. Enjoy... SO GOOD!
  8. To give an idea: A 1/2 loaf of a baguette made enough for 4 servings of 5 pieces each. (Depends on how long the baguette is)

    You can make ahead, except the broiled bagutte slices. The vinegar reduction and vegetable mix will keep for left overs.

    You can use the balsamic reduction on just about anything! Fruit, meats, vegetables. It is sweet and tangy.

Printable Recipe Card

About Bruschetta Caprese With Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian



Show 15 Comments & Reviews

10 Easy Baked Beans Recipes That’ll Become Your New Favorite

10 Easy Baked Beans Recipes That’ll Become Your New Favorite


A summer BBQ menu isn’t complete without a side of baked beans. They’re delicious with a juicy burger or a nicely grilled hot dog. It’s a classic side dish that can be prepared sweeter (think apples and brown sugar) or savory (hello bacon!). All these recipes start with canned beans which makes prep a breeze. […]

Who Invented the Hot Fudge Sundae?

Who Invented the Hot Fudge Sundae?


Thick and rich, hot fudge sauce turns ordinary vanilla ice cream into something magical. Cold vanilla ice cream gets slightly melted from the hot fudge and topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. It’s a classic and easy dessert. But what’s the history of the hot fudge sundae and who invented it? Before we […]

15 Fish Recipes to Have for Dinner This Summer

15 Fish Recipes to Have for Dinner This Summer


Fish recipes are one of our favorite go-to summer dinners. Fried, grilled or baked – we love that we can prepare our favorite fish in a variety of ways so we’ll never be bored. Pair these easy fish recipes with your favorite vegetables, a salad, or pasta for a complete meal!