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Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

July 30, 2018 (Last Updated: July 5, 2021) by Chris Collins

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze is the perfect starter to your family dinner. Super quick, easy and most importantly – crazy delicious!!

Bruschetta really is the ultimate appetizer. It’s just one of those really simple dishes that everybody loves. Fresh, hearty and most importantly, versatile. Versatile enough to chuck in some feta and pour over a bucket of balsamic glaze? Ohhhhh yes.

spoon dripping over balsamic glaze on to stack of bruschetta

Bruschetta with Feta

Authentic Bruschetta only calls for a few simple ingredients. For me, the simplicity makes the perfect foundation to mix things up and throw in a few special additions, my favourite one being Feta.

I LOVE feta. And for me there’s nothing better to add it to than a fresh homemade bruschetta. Not just because feta bruschetta is fun to say, but because it tastes freakin’ delicious. The richness and creaminess of the feta brings something so delicious to the party. It creates such a beautiful combination with the tomato, garlic and basil. I usually purposefully make too much just so I’ve got a feta bruschetta dip for later.

What feta to use for feta bruschetta?

All down to preference. In the photos I used a firm Greek feta, which keeps the ingredients fairly separate. Whereas in the video I used Danish, which is much creamier and blends with the tomatoes more.

close up shot of bruschetta on plate garnished with basil

Bruschetta Bread

What bread to use for bruschetta?

For me it’s always gotta be a loaf of Ciabatta. It’s quite corse and has bumps for the oil/juice to sit in which is perfect for bruschetta. But any Italian bread that leaves a rough texture when sliced will work. This will help break down the garlic when you rub it on (more on that in just a sec).

Let’s get toasty!

The classic texture of bruschetta is that crisp, crunchy base with a soft and juicy topping. As such, whatever bread you choose – it’s gotta be toasted! To do this you’ll want to brush both sides of the bread slices with extra virgin olive oil. From there I like to fry both sides in a scorching hot griddle pan until crisp and lightly charred, but you could just as easily toast both sides under the grill.

The secret garlic tip

One awesome tip to take your bruschetta to new heights is rubbing the bread with a raw garlic clove once it’s fresh out the pan. Don’t go overboard, a little does go a long way with raw garlic, but it adds a gorgeous background flavour.

Process shots: slice bread (photo 1), brush with oil (photo 2), add to griddle pan (photo 3), fry both sides (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to toast ciabatta

Bruschetta Topping

Like I said earlier, you only need a few ingredients to make a great bruschetta. For the topping all you need is fresh basil, feta, tomatoes, onion and oil.

What tomatoes to use for bruschetta?

Essentially you can use any tomatoes you like, just make sure they’re ripe and fresh. Go the extra mile to find the best quality tomatoes to make them the hero of the bruschetta! In the photos I’ve used cherry tomatoes, but in filming I’ve used vine-ripened tomatoes.

What oil to use for bruschetta?

Extra virgin olive oil works best, just for its classic flavour. You can use regular olive oil, but it’s got a much more mellow flavour and kind of gets lost in the flavours (IMO). Either way do try and get a good quality brand!

Process shots: add toppings to bowl (photo 1), mix to combine (photo 2), add to ciabatta and drizzle with balsamic glaze (photo 3).

3 step by step photos showing how to make feta bruschetta

Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Another addition to feta bruschetta I love is of course a sweet ‘n’ silky Balsamic Glaze. Like holy crap balls this stuff is good. I drizzle the stuff over literally everything. Usually just over my face with a wooden spoon, but I thought I’d keep it classy this time round. Unlike feta, balsamic vinegar is a traditional appearance with the likes of tomato and basil. It’s pretty common as it is dashed over bruschetta too.

Personally I find plain balsamic vinegar enhances too much acidity in the dish, especially with raw onion being there. Adding balsamic glaze balances things out nicely, adding a touch of sweetness to the dish. Plus let’s be real, everything tastes better with a sweet balsamic glaze.

Store-bought or homemade?

It’s incredibly easy to make your own balsamic glaze, but store-bought works just as well – no judgement here! I actually used store-bought to film the video, so there’s my confession 🤣

close up shot of teaspoon drizzling balsamic glaze over bruschetta on plate

Serving Feta Bruschetta

I typically serve this as a starter to a main (usually spaghetti bolognese or lasagne!), sometimes if I feel like treating the household, but usually if we have guests.

Looking for more Bruschetta goodness? Check out my Bruschetta Pasta!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this feta bruschetta shall we?!

3 pieces of bruschetta stacked on each other on platform with balsamic glaze dripping down

How to make Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze (Full Recipe & Video)

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze

Feta Bruschetta

Feta Bruschetta with Balsamic Glaze is the perfect starter to your family dinner. Super quick, easy and most importantly - crazy delicious!!
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Servings (click & slide): 12 pieces
Course: Appetizer / Side Dish / Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Calories per serving: 141kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1

Equipment:

  • Griddle or Frying Pan & Tongs
  • Medium Sized Mixing Bowl
  • Brush
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 loaf Ciabatta, divided into 12 pieces (see notes)
  • 9oz / 250g Tomatoes, finely diced (see notes)
  • 2.5oz / 75g Feta, crumbled
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, finely diced
  • 3 tbsp finely diced Fresh Basil,
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic Glaze
  • 1 clove of Garlic, peeled
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, feta, basil, 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and a good pinch of salt & pepper (to taste). Place to one side.
  • Brush the ciabatta with the remaining oil. In batches, add to a griddle pan over high heat and fry both sides until crisp and lightly charred.
  • Lightly rub garlic across one side of each of the ciabatta slices. Top with the bruschetta mix and drizzle over balsamic glaze.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Balsamic Glaze - Check out my Homemade Balsamic Glaze!
b) Bread - Essentially you can use any Italian bread to have a coarse/rough texture when sliced. Tuscan or Pugliese bread are traditionally used. A sourdough also works great. The loaf I used here was around 7oz/200g for reference. You may get more or less than 12 pieces depending on how thick you like the slices to be.
c) What type of Feta to use - In terms of what Feta to use, a traditional Greek works great because it's slightly firmer than say Danish Feta, which turns slightly creamy when mixed with the other Bruschetta toppings. All down to preference 🙂
d) What Tomatoes to use? - You can really use any tomatoes you want, just made sure they're ripe and fresh! Really go the extra mile to find the best quality tomatoes to use and make them the hero ingredient in this bruschetta.
e) Calories - whole recipe divided by 12.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Feta Bruschetta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.12g8%
Saturated Fat 2.285g11%
Trans Fat 0.001g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.557g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.982g
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 247mg10%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 18.34g6%
Fiber 1.1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 4.06g8%
Vitamin A 650IU13%
Vitamin C 5.8mg7%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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