Roasted berries and creamy burrata cheese are a delicious combination in Balsamic Roasted Berry Bruschetta. It’s a simple appetizer that can be made quickly for guests!
This post is sponsored by the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry Commission. As always, opinions are my own.
Summer is near! And that means a few things: 1. There are going to be lots of parties. Between graduations, celebrating our country and our dads, and backyard barbecues, there are bound to be at least a few parties; 2. It’s time to relax, slow down, and entertain with as little effort as possible; and 3. It’s berry season! My favorite time of year is when all kinds of berries are fresh (and on sale!). That means lots of delicious goodies coming from my kitchen, like jam, salads, and of course, this Balsamic Roasted Berry Bruschetta.
While you could absolutely use fresh berries for this yummy party dish, I love to use frozen berries for the convenience factor. Since my husband makes a lot of smoothies, we almost always have an industrial sized bag of berries in our freezer, which makes it so easy to whip up a yummy bruschetta in a hurry. (Of course, we also always have cheese and fresh sourdough baguettes on hand since I need to use my sourdough starter once a week.) If you’re anything like me, you use up a container of fresh berries within a couple of mornings, so there are never enough in my refrigerator if I need to make this bruschetta for a crowd!
Another great thing about using frozen berries is that they are so flavorful! It’s not always going to be berry season when fresh raspberries and blackberries are at their peak, so using frozen berries is a great way to ensure super flavorful berries. Oregon berries are flash frozen within hours of picking so that they retain nutrients, color, and of course their delicious sweet taste. I love having a big bag in the freezer, ready to use in dishes like this Balsamic Roasted Berry Bruschetta!
Besides using frozen berries, roasting them in balsamic vinegar helps to bring out a nice complexity and sweetness to their flavor. They become even more sweet and rich, a perfect contrast to creamy burrata cheese. If you can’t find burrata, fresh mozzarella is a nice substitute. On top of a toasted baguette, the combination is amazing and definitely worthy of the snack table at your next party!
Roasted berries and creamy burrata cheese are a delicious combination in Balsamic Roasted Berry Bruschetta.
- 1 cup frozen blackberries, raspberries, or both
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, plus more for drizzling
- 1 tsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced
- 1 ball (about 4 oz) burrata or fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1 whole grain baguette, sliced thinly
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Place frozen berries in a small baking dish or on baking sheet lined with parchment. Coat berries with olive oil and balsamic. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Roast berries for about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, Cut the baguette into slices and place on a separate baking sheet. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes.
- If using a baking dish, place burrata directly in the center of the berries. If you are using a baking sheet, transfer berries to a serving dish and place the burrata in the center. Drizzle lightly with oil and balsamic and sprinkle with basil.
- Serve with toasted baguette slices.