Make Bruschetta with a Twist

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Bruschetta with a Twist is a delightful and flavorful twist on the classic Italian appetizer. This recipe combines the traditional elements of bruschetta – toasted bread, ripe tomatoes, garlic, and basil – with a unique twist that includes roasted red peppers and creamy goat cheese. The result is a mouthwatering combination of textures and flavors that will impress your guests or satisfy your own cravings.


Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


For the Bruschetta Topping:

  • 4 ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers diced (you can use store-bought or roast your own)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Goat Cheese Spread:

  • 4 oz about 1/2 cup creamy goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey optional, for a touch of sweetness
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Bruschetta Base:

  • 1 French baguette or Italian loaf sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for brushing
  • 1 clove garlic peeled


Prepare the Bruschetta Topping:

  1. In a bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, minced garlic, chopped basil, and extra-virgin olive oil.
  2. Season the mixture with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld while you prepare the other components.

Make the Goat Cheese Spread:

  1. In a separate bowl, combine the creamy goat cheese, Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, and honey (if using). Mix until smooth and well combined.
  2. Season the goat cheese spread with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your taste.

Toast the Bruschetta Base:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the sliced bread on a baking sheet.
  2. Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil and toast them in the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes or until they become golden brown and crispy.
  3. Remove the toasted bread from the oven and let them cool for a minute. While still warm, rub each slice with the peeled garlic clove to infuse a subtle garlic flavor.

Assemble the Bruschetta with a Twist:

  1. Spread a generous amount of the goat cheese mixture onto each toasted bread slice.

Top with the Bruschetta Mixture:

  1. Spoon the tomato and roasted red pepper mixture over the goat cheese spread.


  1. Arrange the Bruschetta with a Twist on a platter or individual serving plates.
  2. Garnish with extra fresh basil leaves if desired.

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