Thursday, December 19, 2013

Breakfast Sweet and Savory Bruschetta

I love it when I find a new recipe and I’m inspired because I was looking for a recipe to use an ingredient and I find something that takes me in a completely different direction.  Love this recipe because you can use it for any meal and it is sweet and savory.  

8 sausage patties
2 tomato
½ cup of diced pineapple
¼ cup fresh basil leaves (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
¼ cup fresh mint leaves (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
3 tbs. maple syrup
1 thin baguette
1/3 cup olive oil
8 slices fresh mozzarella (Would make 16)

Prep work:  Chop your tomato and herbs.  Slice your baguette into 16 thin slices.  Slice your fresh mozzarella thinly and again in half to fit the bread.  Set everything aside.

Make the bruschetta topping by mixing together the tomatoes, pineapple, strawberries, basil, mint and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Cover and set aside.

Divide each of the 8 sausage patties in two and pinch to reshape into smaller patties to fit the bread. Cook according to package directions. Cover to keep warm and set aside.

Prepare your broiler by placing the oven rack in the top third section of the oven and set it to broil.

brush one side of the bread with olive oil. Place the baguette slice, oil side down and broil until golden but watch carefully so it does not burn.

Using tongs, flip the slices over so the oiled side is up. Add 1 slice of mozzarella; broil until cheese is melted and edges of the baguette slices are beginning to look toasted (about 1 minute).

Top each piece with a small cooked sausage patty and then top high with the bruschetta topping.  Serve immediately. 

Variation -  Since we are talking brunch here, you can let your imagination go wild.  Think about caramelized onions or other fruits as substitutes.  Try a strawberry syrup instead of the maple syrup.  

You can keep it very simple and just do one fruit leaving out the tomato and pineapple and just do the strawberries mixed with a little strawberry jam or jelly, basil and mint.

You can make this completely savory and do scrabbled eggs on top of the mozzarella and sausage. Put a little tomato and basil in the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper. 

You can do the same thing on top of English muffins or toast points if you don’t have a baguette.  Hope it has made you hungry.

Hope you have a great day, be happy and may God bless you and yours. 

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