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Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe from Reluctant Entertainer

I’m taking some time off to be with my family for a little while.
The following recipe is written by Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer. Welcome, Sandy!

Summertime entertaining seems to be a more “go with the flow” kind of entertaining at our place. Like 2 nights ago when we texted our friends (we’d been hanging around our kids for too long … lots of texting with 3 teens around) and asked if they wanted to come in to town for dinner. It was very last minute.

roasted strawberries

A late dinner it was. I think we ate around 9, but isn’t that what summer is all about?

Lazy days, long nights, hanging outside with friends eating good food, and trying to stay cool?

Very little thought went into my table setting. Simple tea light candles. And it’s always good when the kids help out.

We cooked in the kitchen together.

I put my friend Steph to work with appetizer ingredients.

strawberry bruschetta

Have you had strawberry bruschetta? If not, you just have to try it! It’s become our quick and easy appetizer, especially since we grow our own strawberries on the side of our house in a large patch.

I think about hospitality as giving a gift to friends. They love it, it feels good to give out, and it takes your mind off of yourself.

As my Commandment  #1 says: Hospitality is not only a gift I give, but a gift I receive.

strawberry bruschetta recipe

Do you tend to eat later in the evenings during the summertime when you entertain?

More Great Appetizers for Summer

Roasted Strawberry Bruschetta from Reluctant Entertainer

Roasted Strawberry Bruschetta from Reluctant Entertainer

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Strawberry bruschetta might be new to you, but I guarantee it will quickly become your favorite appetizer to make for guests.


  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread (I bought mine at Costco)
  • 1-2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • salt and white pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the strawberries into a bowl and gently mix with the balsamic vinegar. Spread strawberries out on a baking sheet and bake for five minutes. Remove and let cool.
  2. Cut the ciabatta into equal slices, coat with olive oil, and broil on each side until toasted and crisp.
  3. Spread goat cheese on hot bread, top equally with the roasted berries and juice.
  4. Head out to the herb garden and pick fresh basil; chop finely. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with basil.


Recipe courtesy of Reluctant Entertainer

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 185Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 9mgSodium 322mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 7g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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About the Author:

sandy profile photoSandy Coughlin is a wife and mom of three teenagers, and is the voice behind Reluctant Entertainer, a hospitality blog dedicated to helping people in search of a lifestyle that says, “I can do this!”.

Reluctant Entertainer is for anyone who wants simple but savvy help for entertaining and for growing a more hospitable spirit.

Her book, The Reluctant Entertainer, was recently published and is in bookstores now.

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Dress and Dish

Thursday 23rd of June 2011

OMGosh, I am in LOVE. What an amazing idea!!!! I am totally making this! I love your blog!!!

Amanda N - Wine and a Spoon

Monday 6th of June 2011

Those are so pretty! I love cheese with fruit.


Tuesday 31st of May 2011

This was fantastic!!


Friday 27th of May 2011

Makes me want to get off the computer and cook ;)

Samantha @ Bikini Birthday

Thursday 26th of May 2011

You can also try baking your own ciabatta:

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