Cherry n Olive Bruschetta


by: Keli Paan

I had a hunger pang.. craved to have some bruschetta; Pronounced as Brus'ketta in Italy. This famous antipasto from Italy dates back to the 15th century. It basically consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic topped with extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. (Information used from Wikipedia). But in the recent times you would notice that there are variations to this recipe. There are various toppings added now like - tomatoes, vegetables, cured meat, cheese, olives etc. So when I was thinking about the ingredients to pick for this from the market, it suddenly occurred to me, why not use actual cherry's instead of cherry tomatoes? There are fresh cherry's available in the market, so why not experiment? That is just what I did, I created my own bruschetta variation. Believe it or not, it turned out yummy. The sweet and juicy cherries mixed with some salt pepper, feta cheese and olives, what bliss!!


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serves: 3-4

1 medium-sized Baguette - Wheat/organic/white, I used white Cut it into 1 cm thick slices, cut them cross to get kind of an oval shape or just normally to get round slices.

175 small Fresh Cherry's - gms, deseeded and chopped into pieces

1 medium Garlic pod - sized, peeled

can Olives - 10-12, finely chopped, I used black olives, you use green, or a mix

4-5 medium Basil - sized leaves, chopped finely

75-100 Feta Cheese - gms, broken roughly into crumbs

10 sprigs Fresh chives - chopped finely, I used dried chives as I did not have fresh chives.

1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil -

1/4 tsp Crushed black pepper -

Salt to taste

Nutrition Facts
Cherry n Olive Bruschetta

Servings Per Recipe: 3

Amount per Serving

Calories: 197

  • Total Fat: 9.5 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 4.4 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 22.3 mg
  • Sodium: 580.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 21.3 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
  •     Sugars: 2.9 g
  • Protein: 7.2 g

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1.  Mix the cherries, basil, olives, cheese, chives and olive oil together in a bowl. Add salt to taste and the crushed black pepper. Mix well and keep this topping aside.

2.  Instead of using cheese, you could try using some fresh cottage cheese. Just to save up on loading on extra calories. :)

3.  A medium length baguette should give you about 10 -12 slices of 1 cm each. The original recipe uses grilled bread, I toasted it instead. So toast/grill the baguette slices. Once toasted rub the garlic on one side of the bread. (The original recipe also requires you to brush some extra virgin olive oil on the garlic side of the bread. I skipped this.) Now add a tbsp of the topping prepared earlier on the garlic side of the bread and serve immediately when the bread is warm.

4.  Serving suggestions:

5.  Serve it with a glass of Rose wine.

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