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Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini

Uh oh, it’s the last Tuesday in May so that means it’s the last grilling recipe for our series! Whaaaa, but don’t worry, you know me I will always have another grilling recipe up my sleeve! I made bruschetta for a fun appetizer on Memorial Day, but it wasn’t just any old plain bruschetta, oh no. I grilled a French baguette that was sliced on an angle and brushed with olive oil. Spread a ridiculously delicious whipped feta spread on the crostini then topped that off with fresh marinated grape tomatoes. It’s such a fun twist on a classic, you’re going to love this one!

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta

and Grilled Crostini

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini, grilled baguette smeared with creamy whipped feta spread and topped with fresh grape tomatoes marinated in a sweet and tangy basil vinaigrette.

The vinaigrette on the tomato bruchetta on it’s own is amazing. You will love this to top any salad! It is tart, sweet and has a nice kick from the fresh garlic added to it. This appetizer might look and sound complicated but it really can’t get much easier. The recipe for the whipped feta is adapted from Ina Garten.

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 10 basil leaves, torn
  • 1 Tbls olive oil
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 French baguette cut on diagonal, ½ inch slices
  • 6 oz fresh feta
  • 2 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • ⅓ Cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • more olive oil for grilling
  • One garlic clove, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Slice tomatoes in half, place in a bowl. Tear basil leaves into small pieces or rough chop. Add basil to a bowl, add in vinegar, mustard, sugar, 1 Tbls of the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together and add to the tomatoes, toss to combine. Set aside in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour.
  2. Crumble the feta and add to food processor with cream cheese. Pulse to combine. Add in the ⅓ Cup olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Mix until creamy. Set aside in fridge until ready to assemble crostini.
  3. Slice baguette in ½ inch sliced on diagonal. Brush both sides lightly with olive oil.
  4. Let grill get extremely hot. Quickly, add bread oil side down on the grates. After about 30 seconds turn over and toast the other side. You just want light grill marks and the bread to get toasted to your desired color. You might have to work in batches so the bread doesn't burn.
  5. As soon as the bread comes off the grill, rub garlic cut side down into the grooves of the bread.
  6. Now, assemble the bruschetta by topping the crostini with about 1 Tbls of the whipped feta and some of the tomato bruschetta.
  7. Serve already assembled or lay each condiment out and let guests assemble their selves. Enjoy!

Step by Step Directions

b1

Slice tomatoes in half, place in a bowl.

b2

Tear basil leaves into small pieces or rough chop. Add basil to a bowl, add in vinegar, mustard, sugar, 1 Tbls of the olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

b3

Whisk together and add to the tomatoes, toss to combine. Set aside in the fridge to marinade for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour.

b5

Crumble the feta and add to food processor with cream cheese. Pulse to combine.

b6

Add in the 1/3 Cup olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Mix until creamy. Set aside in fridge until ready to assemble crostini.

b4

Slice baguette in 1/2 inch sliced on diagonal.

b7

Brush both sides lightly with olive oil.

b8

Let grill get extremely hot. Quickly, add bread oil side down on the grates. After about 30 seconds turn over and toast the other side.

b10

You just want light grill marks and the bread to get toasted to your desired color. You might have to work in batches so the bread doesn’t burn.

b9

As soon as the bread comes off the grill, rub garlic cut side down into the grooves of the bread.

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini, grilled baguette smeared with creamy whipped feta spread and topped with fresh grape tomatoes marinated in a sweet and tangy basil vinaigrette.

Now, assemble the bruschetta by topping the crostini with about 1 Tbls of the whipped feta

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini, grilled baguette smeared with creamy whipped feta spread and topped with fresh grape tomatoes marinated in a sweet and tangy basil vinaigrette.

and some of the tomato bruschetta.

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini, grilled baguette smeared with creamy whipped feta spread and topped with fresh grape tomatoes marinated in a sweet and tangy basil vinaigrette.

Serve already assembled or lay each condiment out and let guests assemble their selves.

YUMMM! This is SO good, definitely a show stopping appetizer. I think my favorite element is the whipped feta, it’s amazing. I bet it would even be a great burger topper! Here is a fun graphic I put together for the assembly process:

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini, grilled baguette smeared with creamy whipped feta spread and topped with fresh grape tomatoes marinated in a sweet and tangy basil vinaigrette.

So, what do you think? Would you serve this at your next party?

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini, grilled baguette smeared with creamy whipped feta spread and topped with fresh grape tomatoes marinated in a sweet and tangy basil vinaigrette.

 

Don’t forget to check out Parrish’s last recipe in the grilling series for Grilled Pineapple & Caramel Sundae:

Grilled_Pineapple_&_Caramel_Sundae

Past grilling series recipes:

Fresh Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad | Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Nachos

Grilled Everything Chicken | Monterey Chicken

Grilled Sweet Tea Chicken | Garlic Parmesan Grilled Potato Wedges

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17 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    May 27, 2014

    Mmmm this looks AMAZING! I have been loving adding cherry tomatoes to recipes lately. Yum!

  2. avatar
    May 27, 2014

    Honestly, this is making me drool! I had some bruschetta at a fancy fundraiser dinner the other night and I’ve been craving it ever since! I’ll have to try your recipe, thank you!

  3. avatar
    kathy says:
    May 28, 2014

    I love how you show all the steps. This looks delicious! I would love to try it this summer.

  4. avatar
    Chelsey says:
    May 29, 2014

    I am so hungry and currently regretting my decision to click on this. 😛 It looks amazing. Pinning for later!

  5. avatar
    May 30, 2014

    whipped feta?! Sounds amazing. The whole crostini sounds pretty wonderful really. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  6. avatar
    Nicole says:
    May 31, 2014

    Love this recipe! Great summer app. Especially once we have all those amazing tomatoes from the garden. Pinning!

  7. avatar
    Kaitlin Rose says:
    June 1, 2014

    YUM. Wishing it wasn’t breakfast right now so I could eat this!!!

  8. avatar
    June 1, 2014

    oh my goodness. Two yums (thumbs) up my friend! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Your participation helps to make it extra special ♥

  9. avatar
    June 1, 2014

    This looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it:) I will be featuring it next Friday. Thanks for sharing at Get Schooled Saturday!

    P.S. Love your blog design too

  10. avatar
    June 5, 2014

    Hi Dana – Thanks for sharing this with the Let’s Get Real party. It is going to be my featured post at this week’s party.

  11. avatar
    June 8, 2014

    Was going to make bruschetta tonight but think I’m going to switch it up and do it your way!

  12. avatar
    August 29, 2014

    This looks so yummy!! What a great idea for a BBQ or even a dinner party! I’m adding this to my to do list and pinning for sure!

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