Grilled Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

Recipe submitted by: Amy Pickett

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This decadent treat is beautiful and elegant enough to be presented as an appetizer or dessert.

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½ cup balsamic vinegar
12 crostinis (toasted slices of French bread)
1 lb. strawberries washed, hulled and chopped*
2 teaspoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a small saucepan, heat vinegar over medium to low heat. Simmer until reduced by half, approximately 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and basil. Add salt, pepper and reduced vinegar to the strawberry mixture.
  3. Spread mascarpone cheese on toasted bread. Spoon strawberry mixture on top. Garnish with any leftover basil.
  4. *Grilling Option: Grill strawberries over a low flame on skewers until they begin to release their juice. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

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