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Monday, 15 September 2008

Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta with Grilled Blue Cheese

After a dismal summer, our garden tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen. The cherry tomatoes are really sweet and just about perfect for this recipe. I've mentioned my love for party food before, and - as if I really needed an excuse - couldn't wait to make some bruschetta with the tomatoes.

Susan, from Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy, is having a 'blogiversary bash'. Her food blog is turning one and I am going to the party. I can't wait to sample all the different dishes that have been cooked by food bloggers from around the world. Hope you are going to join in too!

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Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta with Grilled Blue Cheese
The recipe is easy, you can add different herbs to the tomatoes, and use your favourite cheese.
Measurements are just a guide.

8 oz of tomatoes, diced
A large pinch of dried herbs, e.g. oregano or mixed Mediterranean herbs
A large pinch of chilli powder, optional
A large pinch of sugar
1 tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
6 oz blue cheese crumbled, I used Stilton
½-1 French stick, sliced into ½" rounds
Fresh basil leaves

Dice the tomatoes and place in a bowl.
Add the herbs, chilli powder, sugar, balsamic vinegar and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and leave to marinate while grilling the bread.

Grill the bread slices on each side until golden.
Crumble the cheese over the grilled bread slices and grill until bubbling.

Remove from the grill. Using a slotted spoon to drain the balsamic vinegar, put a spoonful of the tomato mixture on top of the grilled cheese.
Pop a fresh basil leaf on top of the tomatoes and serve.

(Printable Recipe)

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40 comments:

Collywolly said...

I'll see you there Nicisme....your contribution looks yummy!!xxx

Bellini Valli said...

if you're looking for me at the bash Nic you will find me next to the appetizer trays:

Jan said...

They look fantastic Nic! Really yummy.

Patricia Scarpin said...

This is the perfect finger food, Nic!

Margaret said...

I could just eat one of those - right now! Beautiful photograph.

Raquel said...

Looks great, Nic! Much love, Raquel XO

Grace said...

oh, glorious tomatoes. this is one of the many perfect uses for them, and it sounds delightful. :)

Nina Timm said...

See you at the party. I would love to sink my teeth into one of these bruschettas.

Aran said...

i would have this for lunch right now!

Beth said...

My toms died this year due to all the wet weather. Luckily I have just been given a bagful from my aunty. I love blue cheese, so I would love this

Mike of Mike's Table said...

A tasty classic. And great photo of the bruschetta!

Sylvie said...

I haven't had bruschetta in ages. Yours looks wonderful and I bet it tasted it too.

giz said...

Why don't I just bring the port to go with the blue cheese - I would be in hog heaven.

Lisa said...

Blue cheese, balsamic vinegar, fresh tomatoes and a little spice. I don't think it gets any better than this for a tempting late summer treat. Beautiful and enticing as usual. See you at the party!

Geoff said...

Is there a trick to avoiding everything going soggy? Or am I just really bad at it!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Beautiful work, Nic! Thanks so much for participating in my Bash. I'll have the roundup posted in a little while.

Rosie said...

My tomatoes are just the same Nic ripening off now due to the awful summer. Wonderful bruschetta and what a great finger food to bring to a bash :)

Rosie x

Hillary said...

A very impressive bruschetta. This makes me wish summer was lasting a bit longer.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Love this. Can't say anymore 'cause I'm imagining biting into this now.

Brilynn said...

Pretty picture! You can't go wrong with bruschetta.

Passionate About Baking said...

WAY TO GO Nic...I'm gonna be heading for these right away! Beautiful picture too!BTW, eventually got balsamic here. Now begins my wait for cherry tomatoes which show up in winter here! LOL!!

Tartelette said...

I hope you made plenty because I am all over these!! They look delicious!

Antonia said...

What a delicious combination - my mouth is watering at just the sight of those lovely nibbles.

Caviar and Codfish said...

I've recently started craving blue cheese - but I'm still getting used to the taste. I'll be sure to try this one!

Jude said...

I've never tried grilling blue cheese.. always at room temp. So interested in trying this!

Kate / Kajal said...

i like the sound of this ! so perfect for parties too. I 'll have to give this a shot ...probably this weekend :)

LyB said...

So beautiful! I love how the green basil leaf just pops on top of those tomatoes. It looks simply delicious. :)

Tulip said...

WOW great photo...as usual. Loving the sound of the recipe too!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Hey - you copied my idea for a recipe! Only ummn, you did it first ;)

Great bruschetta though, and a nice twist - I'll definitely try it!

Maria said...

Oh wow this looks so good!!

Maria
x

Cynthia said...

I'll be sure to stick close to you during the party :)

miri said...

I'm also a big fan of party food, and this bruschetta looks divine, containing all my favorite ingredients. Hope you had a great time at the party!

Robin Sue said...

Ooh this sounds so good. I love bruschetta but never thought to add blue cheese, which I think is terrific!

nicisme said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments!

Geoff - welcome to Cherrapeno! I think that you have to have the tomatoes ready to just pop onto the bread when you are ready to serve. You might find that with this recipe, by grilling the cheese, it acts as a barrier to stop the tomatoes making the bread soggy quite so quickly.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I love bruschetta and the addition of blue cheese sounds great!

Lore said...

You've covered all those key words like tomato, bruschetta, grilled and cheese :D. YUM-O!

Jeanne said...

These look absolutely wonderful. And lucky you that your tomatoes ripened... I have loads of beautiful GREEN tomatoes on the vine and am currently collecting green tomato recipes... :(

Kevin said...

This is my kind of bruschetta! It sounds really good!

Sheryl said...

Oh I love bruschetta! Balsamic tomatoes bruschetta is one of my favourite, and yours with bloue cheese looks like amazing! :D I should try it!
I love your recipe! Have a nice week end!

Parker said...

Bruchetta is one of my favorites. Great recipe and photo.