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The Best Bruschetta My Mother-In-Law Has Ever Eaten (Stateside)

Bruschetta with charred goat cheese (YaYa's Recipe)

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Huh??

Yep, you read that right.  I felt that this bruschetta recipe needed an extra-special and descriptive title, since the recipe was given to me on an extra-special occasion!

The story goes… my sweet mother-in-law, Suzanne, and I were out for our Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza last month.  We were flitting from store to store in the Chenal Promenade trying on skinny jeans (me) and exclaiming to every sales lady within earshot that “Carissa can pull off any article of clothing she tries on.” (Suzanne)  (NOT true by the way.  But mothers are biased and it is their job to bolster our self-confidence.)

Suddenly, hunger overtook us.  How fortunate that we happened to be walking right past one of my favorite restaurants EVER, Ya Ya’s EuroBistro.

(Stop right there!  Before you go pointing the finger at me for liking “chain” restaurants or for not being a “true foodie” or whatever other crime loving Ya Ya’s might make me guilty of… just know that I take such accusations as a personal affront to my taste buds.  They know good food, dangit!  Chain or not.  And YaYa’s food is UH-mazing.  A lot of their ingredients are local and seasonal too, which is very cool and “un-chainy” of them.  I’d say six times out of ten, if you’re gonna wine me & dine me in Little Rock, I’ll be choosing Ya Ya’s as our dinner destination.  In other words, if loving Ya Ya’s is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  Ahem… not that you were accusing me of anything.  I get a little defensive, that’s all.)

Where was I?  Oh yes, our lunch that day was as fabulous as any lunch could be.  Ya Ya’s never disappoints.

Not only did I sip the most INSANE Blackberry Margarita known to man… I also snarfed down a huge platter of this addictive Bruschetta.  (I might have shared a little with Suzanne.  At which point she exclaimed that this was the best bruschetta she’d ever tasted “stateside.”  She has spent a lot of time in Italy over the years, so this was a major compliment coming from her.)

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Here’s the part I didn’t expect.  True to form, my ever confidence-bolstering mama-in-law thought it would be important to mention to our server that I am a food blogger.  (Ha!  I imagined her response would be something like, “Neeeeeeeat.”)  But instead, she took note of how much we were enjoying our bruschetta and went to the kitchen to give the chef our compliments.  A few moments later, he came out to our table to introduce himself, holding a copy of this bruschetta recipe (which he had just typed up for me in back!)  Wow!  Talk about the fancy-schmancy treatment!  I asked if he was sure he didn’t mind sharing his recipe, and he gave me one condition… that I blog about it.

Done!

So what makes this bruschetta so special and different?  That would be the goat cheese.  Melty, charred, and perfect… it gets smeared on crisp crostini, then piled high with balsamic tomatoes and a delightfully spicy pesto.  Heaven.  In my mouth.  Oh yeah.

Charred goat cheese makes this bruschetta insanely addictive!  (YaYa's recipe, featured on prettyhungryblog.com)

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It’s not exactly the season for fresh tomatoes and basil… but trust me, you won’t want to wait til summer to make this.  It’s the perfect light appetizer, snack, or even meal!  Fresh, bright, and (like I said) fo’ reals addictive.  Just be sure the dish you bake your cheese mixture in is oven-safe!  I don’t want you breaking any of your pretty dishes, ya hear?  Here are the ramekins I use, but YaYa’s uses little stoneware plates which are ultra cool and make dipping very easy.  Or how cute would this mini cast iron skillet be??  Sorry, I have an unhealthy habit of collecting obscene amounts of dishware.  Maybe you can relate.

Here is the super-special, super-secret (but not anymore) printable recipe for ya!

Also… if you haven’t heard yet, I’m giving away COOKIES this month!  Stop by the Pretty/Hungry Facebook page to enter the giveaway between now and Sunday (the 8th.)

XXs & OOs ~ Carissa

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YaYa's Bruschetta with Charred Goat Cheese
 
The best bruschetta my mother-in-law has ever eaten (stateside).
Author:
Recipe Type:: Appetizer
Ingredients:
  • Tomato Mixture:
  • -3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • -1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • -2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • -Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • -1 Tbsp. chopped basil
  • Pesto:
  • -2 Tbsp. toasted almonds
  • -1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • -1/4 C. lemon juice
  • -1 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • -1 C. Oil
  • -1 large bunch fresh basil leaves (equivalent of one package from the store)
  • Cheese Blend:
  • -1 C. cream cheese (softened)
  • -1/2 C. goat cheese (softened)
  • -4 cloves roasted garlic (Bake a whole head of garlic in a 400-degree oven for about 6-8 minutes. Then squish individual cloves out of their skins into the bowl.)
  • -Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Bread:
  • -1 baguette (French or Sourdough are good.)
Directions:
  1. Tomato Mixture:
  2. Toss all ingredients together in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and chill until ready to serve.
  3. Pesto:
  4. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. if too thick, add a little water. Spoon a little pesto onto tomato mixture before serving.
  5. Cheese Blend:
  6. Use an electric mixer to whip all ingredients together until smooth. Spread mix into an oven-safe ramekin and bake at 400 degrees til golden brown. (Use broiler for a few moments at the end if desired for some extra char.)
  7. Bread:
  8. Slice baguette into individual crostini, drizzle with oil, and bake at 400 degrees til toasted.

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15 Responses so far.

  1. Ben Zeller says:

    Trying this out this weekend… Looks incredible.

  2. Ben Zeller says:

    Made this last night for a test run for a dinner party next week.. Making it again tonight cause we can’t wait that long to have it again.. This stuff is CRAZY good.

  3. Taylor says:

    What?! I can’t believe you got this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing. My husband and I LOVE YaYa’s and this bruschetta is right near the top of the list of reasons we love it. Can’t wait to try this!

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  9. jenny says:

    I just made this for a party of 60-70 for tonight! I sure hope my math was good!!! Either way, amidst the fresh basil and garlic, my kitchen smells amazing!