Four Ways to Make Bruschetta

In celebration of my love for bruschetta, I give you four different ways to enjoy the traditional Italian antipasto. 

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

So, it’s a Saturday afternoon, and I’m enjoying my homemade bruschetta with Christian as we celebrate our third year together. Meanwhile, all of Tampa is guzzling booze downtown at the annual (101st, to be exact) Gasparilla parade. I have lived in Tampa for 16 years, and have never experienced Gasparilla.

Every time I tell people that, they gasp with disbelief. “Are you serious?” they question. I can explain… Um… I just don’t really care about it. That’s all. I’ve just never been the type to enjoy something like that. Maybe I’ll go one day and form a different opinion, but for now, I just have no desire.

I have, however, run a Gasparilla race. Last year I ran the Gasparilla 8k, and this year, I was signed up for the half marathon. That’s another story…

In three weeks I am technically supposed to be running 13.1 miles down Bayshore Boulevard, but my foot had other plans. After a couple months of pain, I finally had an MRI done. And… the results showed… drum roll…



Oh, in addition to a sh*t ton of blood work, there were no signs of arthritis, the MRI was clean minus a bit of inflammation, yet I still have pain. At this point it’s a matter of purchasing some new [better] and more stable shoes to work in conjunction with my inserts. I still get a little depressed thinking about the work I put in before my pain, and how I could have been crossing a finish line feeling that incredible feeling in February. Guess I’ll just have to sign up for another one!

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

Back to the bruschetta.

If you’re new to TBB you may not know this, but I am a huge lover of Italian flavors, culture, and cooking. And since one of my favorite antipasto is bruschetta, I thought I would play around with it a little. Although I am in love with the original chopped tomato version, it’s always fun to experiment, right?

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

No recipe here, just a combination of ingredients with however much of each you prefer. This is what you’ll need:

  • Buffalo mozzarella
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Vine ripe tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Dried figs
  • Pitted dates
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Prosciutto
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Italian loaf

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

To toast the bread, first preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the loaf into pieces, and place on top of a baking sheet. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and place in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until crispy.

Let’s dive into the combinations.

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

The Caprese Bruschetta

Slices of buffalo mozzarella topped with sliced vine ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, salt, pepper, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic glaze.

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

The Fig & Pig Bruschetta

Smeared mascarpone cheese topped with 2 slices of prosciutto and sliced dried figs.

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

The Pumpkin Patch Bruschetta

Ricotta cheese spread atop toasted Italian bread topped with a sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds and sweet, sliced dates.

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

The Remix Bruschetta

This version is a bit of a play on the traditional. Chopped tomato mixed with 1/2 clove of garlic (minced), sprinkled with salt and pepper and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, placed atop prosciutto over a crunchy slice of Italian bread.

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

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Four Ways to Enjoy Bruschetta

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  1. says

    You’re speaking directly to my heart with this bruschetta! We make it all the franking time at home! My friends who live in Tampa were telling me about that event, but they weren’t going either so maybe it really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

    I’m so sorry about missing your half. I know how tough that is and I’ve been there with some serious FOMO. There will always be another race though and you’re so smart for being patient and taking care of yourself above all else. Hang in there and I hope you find the perfect pair of shoes! xo
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  2. says

    These all look insanely delicious! I love the fig and remix bruschetta. That’s so frustrating about your MRI — I had an MRI done right before my marathon and had similar results and it was the most frustrating thing in the world. Finding the right pair of shoes with the proper insoles has definitely helped me though. On the bright side, there’s always another race around the corner, the most important part is feeling pain free so you can enjoy it :)
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  3. says

    Ahh that’s so frustrating about your MRI. I ran the Gasparilla 8K race last year too! This year i’m signed up for the 15K and I worry about my knee pain but I’m going to finish even if I have to walk! I’m sure you’ll be in a race in no time :)

  4. says

    I LOVE BRUSCHETTA. Growing up, there was a frozen food bruschetta (I know) that I was obsessed with. When I was a teenager, my mom found this version that I equally became obsessed with, and thankfully it was a bit healthier. One of the main reasons I love bruschetta is for its versatility. You literally can never get bored with it, and each of your ideas looks delicious. Thank you for sharing, Christina! :)
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