I’ve been dreaming about this quick appetizer for a few weeks but was waiting until I could get my hands on the first of the farmers market strawberries. Finally the Bellevue Saturday Farmer’s Market opened today and I was able to get everything I needed! The inspiration for this was my O Olive Oil fig balsamic that I received in my first Hatchery tasting box. Since I got it I’ve been considering all the possibilities but really wanted to pair it with fruit to bring out the sweet fig flavor. Now, I imagined this bruschetta would be good but I’m pretty blown away at how delicious it was. And honestly, it’s pretty healthy since it’s half fruit! There is no other explanation besides all the ingredients were sourced from the absolute best suppliers.
The bread is Pain du George from Essential Baking Company, a local Seattle bakery that makes great artisan, organic loaves, and that I can buy at QFC! They’re my favorite, I only buy their bread now. My strawberries are from Hayton Farms, bought today and probably some of the best I’ve ever had. Each medium sized berry is pure red throughout, tastes like strawberry jam and disintegrates in your mouth. My two pints will be gone in a day. I stopped at the Tieton farms cheese booth at the market to pick up some nice goat cheese and it was too good to be true, but they had a variation of their popular Bianca cheese that was coated in dried figs. How perfect!! It is very mild, but perfectly creamy smooth and just oh so slightly sweet. I had to have it, it was going to bring all the flavors together. Lastly, the balsamic is obviously from O Olive Oil! I’m pretty impressed with the fig balsamic, a taste test of their other products are in order. I have my eye on the blood orange tapenade.
The woman helping me at the cheese booth asked who I was entertaining tonight, to which I replied “Just me!” With a plate this gorgeous sharing would certainly have been difficult! 🙂
To make: I fried the bread in some butter until crispy, then let cool slightly before spreading on the goat cheese. The strawberries were then sprinkled on top and a drizzle of fig balsamic topped it all off. It was ridiculously easy, and holy cow delicious. Another variation would be to substitute the goat cheese with mascarpone, something I was considering but never committed to.