Bruschetta makes the best party appetizer–easy and quick. This Mint Mango Beet Bruschetta with honey balsamic glaze would definitely impress your guests. The flavor combination is so good.
But really… how are we in the last week of MARCH?! This month in particular has just FLOWN by, at least for me. I blame my House Brain. I know I talked about this last week but the whole house buying thing is quite consuming. I’m still constantly thinking about what color we (okay, I) want to paint the kitchen cabinets. But then what color do I want the hardware to be? Oh should I get a new faucet to match the hardware? We need a kitchen island…
My brain is jumping from idea to idea. My younger sister is actually an interior designer so I know she’ll be able to help me make some decisions. Funny enough, she and her boyfriend are actually buying a house right now too! It figures though… We grew up sharing a room together, we’re both smack dab in the middle of six kids… of course we would be buying a house at the exact same time.
One of the things I am most excited for when we get into our house is actually having the ability to have family and friends over for gatherings. I can’t wait to have room in our kitchen to serve ALL THE FOOD. We have a big family and I’ve told them over the past year that I’ll be happy to host the next holiday gathering when we have a house. Of course I say that now and I’m sure I’ll be stressing when the day actually comes… I think I volunteered to have Thanksgiving… oops?
Anyways, that is a long ways from now. There are plenty of opportunities this spring and summer to get some hosting practice in… I think I need to have an appetizer party this summer once we get settled. First up on the menu?
Mint Mango Beet Bruschetta, with honey balsamic glaze
I’m sure some of my family members will think I am a tad crazy for this combination… but I promise it is delicious.
The first time I had beet bruschetta was a couple of summers ago at a restaurant we stopped at, on our way home from the Delaware beaches. I had never thought to put beets on a bruschetta before and I remember being impressed and inspired by this creation. I don’t recall the name of the restaurant but thank you for inspiring me, whoever you were.
what you need
Italian bread loaf
pre-cooked beets from Love Beets
mascarpone (can sub with dairy-free or leave out)
Using Love Beets makes the bruschetta process 10x faster, compared to roasting your own beets.
So really all you need to do is
- toast up your bread slices–I used my toaster oven broiler, but you can also grill or fry bread in butter
- whip up the mascarpone (or cream cheese/dairy-free alternative)
- toss together the diced mango and beets
Then it’s just about layering on those ingredients and drizzling with the honey balsamic glaze before serving. Easy and impressive!
I may or may not have eaten this for lunch. I could actually go for this on a normal sized piece of toast and enjoy with breakfast. So many flavors and so good. The mascarpone makes it quite irresistible…. but alternatively you could go for goat cheese, cream cheese, brie, or even a dairy-free alternative like Kite Hill.
The beet bruschetta is really the star of the show here…
- 1 package pre-cooked Love Beets, diced
- 1 large mango, diced
- About 8-10 mint leaves, chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger (optional but I like the extra zing)
- 1 large loaf Italian bread
- 1 8oz tub mascarpone (can sub dairy-free cheese or leave out)
- 3 TBS raw honey
- 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
- Place diced beets and mango in medium bowl. Toss in mint leaves and 1/2 tsp ground ginger.
- Slice italian loaf in about 1″ thick slices (make smaller depending on how many servings you need). Spread thin layer of butter on each piece of bread, then place on baking sheet. Using broiler, broil bread at 400F (or low function) for 2-3 minutes, until lightly golden. Every oven is different, be sure to watch closely. You can also fry pieces in pan on top of stove.
- Start by spread about ½ TBS of mascarpone cheese on each piece of toast, then layer on mint mango beet bruschetta topping.
- Lastly drizzle on honey balsamic mixture. Serve immediately and enjoy!
So how do you feel about beets? They seem to be one of those foods people either love or hate 🙂 But honestly this beet bruschetta is SO good. I hope you give it a try.