The Recipe that Sparked an Obsession

Several of you have asked how Miss A’s balsamic obsession began. Well, it started when I found a recipe for Strawberry Bruschetta on Annie’s Eats. I’m always on the lookout for quick, easy and healthy recipes to make for myself for lunch. I have a terrible time with this meal. I’m usually just cooking for myself, I don’t have a lot of timeΒ and I don’t want to over eat. I figured I could easily adapt Annie’s recipe to go on my little pita crackers (my current lunch obsession) for a quick lunch.

What I didn’t count on was how much Miss A would enjoy this dish as well. I mean it has goat cheese, basil and balsamic – not the type of ingredients that most little ones find palatable. Oh was I wrong on that one! She devoured her first one and kept right on going. So here’s the easy to make Strawberry Bruschetta Appetizer I adapted from Annie’s recipe, and Miss A’s favorite lunch.

Start by mixing together the diced strawberries and sugar to bring out the juices.

Next add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil. Fresh basil would be best, but we didn’t have it and the dried worked just fine.

Next add a bit of goat cheese to the pita crackers.

And finally top with the strawberries. If you’re serving this as an appetizer you’ll want to do so immediately, or hold off on adding the topping until you’re ready to do so to keep the crackers from getting soggy.

In our experience though – these don’t last long. We recently took a few plates to a bbqΒ and not a single cracker was left. (And unlike the lemon bars, I didn’t fill up – well not entirely – on my own dish.) And as if there was any doubt, Miss A devoured her share before we got to the bbq that night.

I’ve even seen her lick the balsamic from the plate when she finishes her crackers. It’s hilarious. At least her obsession is a healthy one (unlike my own).

Now if I could just get her to eat a little protein we’d be in business.

Have a great weekend everyone! And if you’re in need of an easy appetizer or lunch, this one comes highly recommended from a budding little foodie.

Print this recipe: Strawberry Bruschetta Appetizer

37 thoughts on “The Recipe that Sparked an Obsession

  1. Caroline says:

    I can understand why Miss A is obsessed with this little appetizer! She’s got quite the palette for a little one too. Honestly, I would only eat chicken fingers when I was young. I’m really tempted to make this soon. It would be perfect for a dinner party. πŸ™‚

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    • ChefMom says:

      It would totally work for a dinner party – just make sure to wait until the last minute to do the topping to prevent the crackers from getting soggy. It hasn’t been an issue for us once they’re served though – they usually go too fast. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} says:

    Great idea to add it to crackers! I love strawberry and balsmic mix, I add it to my mixed greens with some feta cheese and chopped up pecans in the summer, soooo delicious! I will definitely try this recipe, it looks perfect for a quick and healhty appetizer! Have a great weekend!

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    • ChefMom says:

      Definitely! I can’t get Miss A to go for that though. Although she did insist I put it on her pizza the other day, so maybe we’re working in that direction. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Kay aka Babygirl says:

    Miss A is such a cutie pie. And can I tell you the strawberries on the bruschetta actually looks interesting to me and you know I don’t like anything bread. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I might try this lol.

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    • ChefMom says:

      She’s a riot isn’t she?! So expressive – visually and verbally. You never forget she’s in the room. It should be interesting to see how she does in Pre-K this year. LOL! Definitely try the appetizer – it’s a great one for summer. I’m wanting to try it on bread as well, but for now these crackers are perfect for snacking! πŸ™‚

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  4. spicegirlfla says:

    I like Ms. A’s style! I’d lick the plate too as I love strawberries with balsamic! I’ve not tried it with goat cheese, so this is definitely on my plans for the weekend!!

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  5. A_Boleyn says:

    Have you tried serving Miss A hummus on home-made pita crackers? It’s the tahini (sesame paste) in hummus that makes it a complete protein especially when served with pita bread. It’s easy to make ahead, freeze and just thaw small portions to serve to her and yourself and it tastes good too. πŸ™‚ You can also serve a plate of veggies (carrot, sliced peppers, carrots, mushroom slices) and fruit with the hummus.

    You can sprinkle more sesame seeds or pine nuts over the hummus to give it even more taste and texture. Check out the nutritional info in the article as well as more serving ideas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hummus

    That reminds me, I have 2 cups of cooked chickpeas in the fridge to be turned into these snacks.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/simple-roasted-chickpea-snack/detail.aspx

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    • ChefMom says:

      Now that’s a great idea! I know Mr. N would gobble that up. He’s a big hummus fan. I’ve never been to into it – I think it’s a texture thing for me. So maybe by adding the pine nuts or sesame seeds I could solve that issue. πŸ™‚ And perhaps it will work for Miss A too. If not…Mr. N will clean us out of all of the hummus. I have no doubt about that. πŸ™‚

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  6. sheila @ Elements says:

    What a great idea! I’ve never had this before but I know I’d love it so much I could eat an entire plate! It sure does make for a wonderful lunch, and your little one sure does look like she’s enjoying them. πŸ™‚ You mentioned being concerned that she’s not getting enough protein. The goat cheese.is a source of protein.

    Does she like peanut butter? If so, maybe you could put some peanut butter on some of those crackers and top with a little bit of that strawberry balsamic mixture or even a little of raw honey maybe. πŸ™‚

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    • ChefMom says:

      She does eat peanut butter now and then, and she will consume cheese in large quantities. And she definitley loves raw honey. LOL. So I suppose she is getting her protein – just not in the ways I’m used to getting it. πŸ™‚ I think perhaps she could teach me a thing or two. πŸ˜‰

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  7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide says:

    Wow, I always see that and never make it. I need to next year. Or break down and buy some California strawberries. Am I remembering right are you in Minnesota? Katherine was telling me about the bar and liquor store situation there yesterday, crazy. Hope you stocked up. If I got the state wrong, my apologies.

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    • ChefMom says:

      Break down! Break down! LOL. We’re not in Minnesota – but we used to be, so good memory! We moved from there about a year ago. We’re in Chicago again now (our hometown). We loved MN though and there’s a part of us that will always think of it as home. Isn’t that govt. shut down crazy – we were just talking about that yesterday. All of the bars and liquor stores. We were in a college town and I can’t even begin to imagine what that situation will look like once school starts back up. Crazy!!!

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  8. Charles says:

    As a huge lover of crackers, this looks like my kind of thing. Still never tried strawberries with balsamic vinegar, although I hear it’s delicious, especially with some cracked black pepper, so I’ll give this a try soon! Of course, as always, adorable photos! Thanks for posting the follow-up πŸ™‚

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    • ChefMom says:

      Sure thing Charles! We aim to please. LOL. πŸ˜‰ Cracked pepper would go well on this for sure. Miss A isn’t a big fan, so I leave it off. Have a great weekend!

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