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Sweet Pepper & Tomato Balsamic Bruschetta Appetizers


You will never disappoint with this appy. It will make everyone happy.


  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, fine diced
  • 1 each of red, yellow & orange peppers, fine diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bunch basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, fine diced
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bags pre-sliced bruschetta bread (or 2 long thin French bread thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup olive oil (approximate) to brush onto bread

Toss onion, bell peppers, & garlic into a bowl. Set aside.

Pour olive oil into a pan & heat on medium high. Watch closely. Add pepper mix and stir occasionally.

While pepper mix heats, place cream cheese, basil, & salt and pepper into a bowl. Mix well. Set aside.

When peppers are finished caramelizing (onions should be translucent), remove from heat and stir in balsamic vinegar, a dash of salt, and tomatoes. Set aside.

Stunning, really.

Time to toast the bread. Brush olive oil on both sides of sliced french bread. Broil 3-4 minutes on each side – until golden brown. I have learned the hard way not to turn your back on the broiler. It has a dark side, trust me. Keep an eye on your toast.

Wait to assemble toppings and toast until just before serving.

Now for the assembly. First cream cheese-y goodness.

And finally the topping, carefully place a spoon of bell pepper mixture upon each bruschetta toast.


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4 Responses

  1. Cindy Holman

    I’m coming to YOUR party!!! When is it again???

  2. Sally

    I have been told to widen my culinary endeavors…Going to try this. I like the recipe. The pictures are amazing!!

  3. Gorgeous and tasty, I am sure. I would definitely blacken at least one batch of bread. I never use my oven that I don’t burn my knuckles at least once. This would happen while hastily dragging the bread out before scorching the second batch. Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe. The step-by-step photos and instructions make all the difference. I’ll be back again. And thank you for the link to your friend’s blog. The tomato soup and grilled cheese idea is amazing!

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