Bruschetta Bar

This one was SO much fun to put together! I love this idea of a bruschetta bar because it lets you get creative. When I think of bruschetta, I think of tomatoes on top of bread, but it is so much more than that! Think Italian. Think cheeses and meats. Think spreads and toppings. It can be whatever you want it to be. I used a large cutting board to lay out all of the spreads, meats and toppings. This is an awesome appetizer for entertaining a group of people. The girls and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with a few glasses of wine!

Isn’t it beautiful?! Below is my recipe for each homemade item of the bar. But I definitely encourage you to get creative and dream up something yourself!

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Bruschetta Bar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • TOMATO BRUSCHETTA
  • 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes (as small as you can get them)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • A good drizzle of both olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl

 
Bruschetta Bar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • WHIPPED FETA & CREAM CHEESE
  • ½ package of cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz container of feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine cheeses in a food processor and blend for a couple minutes, long enough for the cheeses to become almost more fluffy/whipped.

 
Bruschetta Bar
 
Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • SAUTEED MUSHROOMS
  • 1-2 cups baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Sautee mushrooms in a pan with olive oil. Season with salt and garlic powder. They will shrink down quite a bit so start with more than you think! You can always use fresh garlic in place of garlic powder.

 

Click here for my recipe for fresh homemade pesto.

Crostini’s and Other Toppings

Choose whatever crostini’s or breads sound good to you. I used Raisin Rosemary Crisps from Trader Joe’s and Garlic crostini’s by Archer Farms. Fresh bread would also be delicious!

Arugula

Sunflower seeds

Other cheeses (parmesan, asiago, brie, goat)

Artichoke Antipasto Spread (From Trader Joe’s. I would recommend this!)

Olives

Meats

Prosciutto and Salami

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

What a good idea lettuce wraps are, right? A yummy mixture of meat, veggies, seasonings and garnishes wrapped up in lettuce…I wish I’d thought of it.

The warm ginger-y flavor of the filling + the CRUNCH you get from the lettuce + the fresh cilantro on top = delightful. 

Lettuce wraps are typically an appetizer, but with a side or two I think they can be the main course. I made these when I was doing the Whole30 (no grains, no dairy, no added sugar) so I had them as the main course. Eat as many as you want when they’re this healthy, right? Nom nom nom.

My “sauce boss” aka Travis came up with the dressing for this one. Click here for the recipe. The link is also in the recipe box below.

Asian Lettuce Wraps
 
Recipe type: Appetizer, Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 10 wraps
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups chopped baby bella mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lettuce for wraps (I used whole romaine)
  • Trav’s Asian Dressing
  • Toppings: fresh cilantro, crushed cashews, chives, avocado
Instructions
  1. Heat a little coconut oil in a pan. Add the chopped onion, bell pepper and garlic and sautee 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned. Add the rest of the veggies and seasonings and continue to sautee 10 minutes more. Peel apart the lettuce pieces, rinse and dry. Give yourself a hefty scoop for each lettuce piece and serve 2-3 on each plate. Drizzle some dressing on each one and add the toppings of your choice. Crunch away!