Some culinary trends are silly. I don’t want deconstructed
soups or faux-Kobe sliders. Others are only silly when done poorly. The popular savory/sweet trend is a great example.
While it’s often some kind of salted caramel bacon topped ridiculousness, It can be something as easy and approachable
as this sexy strawberry goat cheese bruschetta. The way the tangy, slightly salty goat cheese works with the
syrupy, balsamic-coated strawberries and crispy, charred bread is a thing of
By the way, I’ve got great news if you stink at picking out sweet
strawberries. Because we are using a balsamic reduction, this dish actually works
very nicely with less-than-perfect berries.
However, one thing that will not work is poor quality
vinegar. You’re going to want to use real, aged balsamic vinegar from Modena,
Italy. There’s just no substitute. Every large market sells it now, so pick up
a bottle, and try this very tasty, albeit trendy treat soon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 12 Balsamic Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta
12 slices of Italian bread
olive oil, as needed
1 cup fresh goat cheese, room temp
1/2 cup aged balsamic vinegar, reduced to 1/4 cup
1 pound strawberries, washed and diced
salt and pepper to taste