Serrano Ham and Kiwi Bruschetta

A Tale of Two Bruschettas

Serrano Ham and Kiwi Bruschetta
Eater rating: 4.6 / 5  4.60395

As an entry for Hay Hay it’s Donna Day#4 we are eating two bruschettas tonight. The bruschettas were made with toasted french bread rubbed with garlic and topped with all kinds of goodies. The first bruschetta was layered with fresh thinly-sliced kiwi, chaumes cheese, crispy serrano ham, and pea shoots. The second bruschetta was topped with fleur de marquis cheese, yellow, red, and green thin slices of heirloom tomatoes, shaved marinated garlic, and rings of balsamic marinated shallots.

Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
A: i’ve never even thought of doing a post on bruschetta before. That’s why these food blogging events are so cool. seriously, someone else give you a theme then you get to run with it. It just sparks creativity and innovation. I love it!
T: yeah, i think it’s super-cool too. It’s fun to have a specific goal in mind.
A: for sure. some times i think we don’t post because i’m uninspired. I sit around thinking, “hmm… what am i going to make” and then nothing appeals to me and i end up not cooking. Kinda sucks really.
T: yeah, it can be hard to come up with ideas all the time out of thin air. The bruschetta is cool too because it is relatively simple. You didn’t have to slave away for 8 hours like you normally do. ;-)
A: :-D that perhaps is the coolest part of the whole thing. I thought i would get some of the prep out of the way an hour before you got home, and after less than half an hour i was totatlly ready for assembly. from that point on it was just waiting for you to get home.
T: that’s awesome. so, where did the specific inspiration for these bruschettas come from?
A: hmm… i went to whole foods and found a couple cheese that looked yummy, so i looked around the store and just went with items i thought would go well together. actually, that’s not wholely true. I found the cheese, knew i was making bruschetta and just bought some other stuff and paired the ingredients up when i started to make them.
T: they were good. I’m still hungry we might have to eat some pot stickers later on. :)
A: dumplings are a freezer must. They are quicker than ramen and much healthier and tastier! which of these bruschettas did you prefer?
T: They were close. But… since I have to choose… I think I prefered the one with tomatoes and the little onions. The cheese on that one kicked butt.
A: woo hoo! score one for raw tomatoes! i didn’t think that would be your choice, knowing how you aren’t raw tomatoes biggest fan.
T: the tomato pretty much faded into the background for me on this one. How bout you? Which was your fave?
A: it was definately all about the pairing of the crispy serrano ham and the sweet and tart kiwi for me. mmmmm… it was delightful. the cheese was buttery and creamy and the sprouts added a nice crisp spice to it. all around my favorite. That’s not to say i didn’t like the tomato one though.
T: yeah, I liked the sprouts too. Both bruschettas were delish. I rate them a 4.64/5. They were killer, and they made me want to see what other kinds of bruschettas you can put together.
A: awesome! if we ever make any friends out here we’ll have to throw a party so i can serve bruschetta! (note:we have no friends and a party probably won’t happen! :-P ) I agree, these were pretty killer. I give them a 4.5679/5. Random score, you ask? yes. but hey! who doesn’t love lots of digits!
T: our webserver ;-) no, it can handle it. I was kinda curious, I always thought bruschetta was bread with tomatoes, basil, and olive oil. So, obviously i must be wrong. What gives?
A: i think traditionally you would be right. but here’s what gives: we are living in modern times feller! you gots ta keep up with the times. Now i think as long as you use grilled bread and rub it with fresh garlic, you can put whatever the hell you want on it and have it pass as bruschetta.
T: Sweet. Let’s make bruschetta hot dogs.
A: uuuuhhhh….. uhmmmm… uh…. nnnnn… nope. i don’t see that one coming homie! bad, bad idea!
T: do you think hot dogs would be good w/ toasted buns? and garlic rubbed in?
A: mmm, yeah, all that processed meat is good pretty much any way it comes (a once a year indulgence). but not as bruschetta!
T: but it would be bruschetta if we just rub in garlic and toast the buns. That’s what you said bruschetta was.
A: no no no! it needs to be a good loaf that is in slices to be bruschetta! it can’t be a toasted hotdog bun, silly!
T: well, poo.
A: aw, dog, i’m sure you’re next idea will be a good one!… just lose the hotdog idea, quick.
T: ok, i’m over hot dogs. Now I’m on to dumplings!!
A: come and get ‘em!

Kwaherini mabibi na mabwana.


An original recipe by Amanda
Kiwi and Serrano Ham Bruschetta

3 kiwis, sliced thin
1/4 lb serrano ham, sliced thin
4 oz chaumes cheese, 1/4inch thick slices
pea shoots
6-8 slices of french bread
olive oil
1 garlic clove, cut in half

Pan fry the serrano ham for a few minutes on each side until the ham is crisp and no long looks translucent. Lightly brush the french bread with olive oil on both sides, then toast the bread in the same saute pan you used to crisp the ham. When the bread is toasted remove it from the pan, and rub both sides with the clove of garlic. To serve layer the thinnly sliced kiwi, chaumes cheese, and serrano ham crisps on the bread and top with pea shoots. The bread can be toasted, and the ham can be crisped a day ahead of serving time. Serve and enjoy!

An original recipe by Amanda
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

1 sm. green heirloom tomato, sliced thin
1 sm. red heirloom tomato, sliced thin
1 sm. yellow heirloom tomato, sliced thin
4 oz fleur de marquis cheese, sliced
3 cloves marinated garlic, shaved
2 balsamic marinated shallots (or onions), sliced
6-8 slices of french bread
1 clove of garlic, cut in half for rubbing

Brush both sides of the french bread with olive oil and toast over medium-high heat. Once the bread is toasted, remove it from the heat and rub both sides with the garlic. Place one layer of cheese on the bread, then place one slice of each color of tomato onto the cheese layer. Layer the shaved slices of marinated garlic down the middle of the tomatoes and add the marinated shallot slices on top of the garlic. Serve and enjoy!

18 comments so far:

  1. Holy cow…bruscetta hot dogs…Tyler, you are a mad genius! I’m moving to SD in two weeks and will have no friends either! We can have a “no friends” hot dog party!

  2. Oh, PS-these look so delicious and fresh. Excellent work, Manders!

  3. Tyler says:

    Finally, someone who supports my culinary genius! ;-)

    Yes, we will for sure have to have a food party.

  4. Glenna says:

    YES! Those are bruschetta I can get behind. And could get away with serving my husband. Some bruschettas are so wimpy and paltry. Not yours. They’re dig-in-able, if you know what I mean!

  5. Amanda says:

    Thanks michelle! (and i’ll forgive you for agreeing with tyler on the hotdog bruschetta! :-P )

    Thanks glenna! wimpy won’t satisfy us either… i know exactly what you mean by dig-in-able. that’s the perfect discription for what we did with these. I think we finished them in under ten minutes!

  6. Rorie says:

    They both look ridiculously good. Will you come and be my personal chef, Amanda?

  7. bron says:

    YUMMO Amanda!

    They look terrific, fantastic photos, oh man I’m so hungry now!
    I possibly ought to get myself some breakfast, before looking at any more bruschetta in my inbox, hehe!

    Thanks so very much for entering, I’ll have a round up posted in a couple of days!
    Cheers
    Bron

  8. Captain Jack says:

    What brand/type of pot stickers do you keep in the freezer?

  9. Kady says:

    Wow..we’re definitely on the same page this weekend. I’m obsessed with cheese and fruit bruschetta/quesadillas. Last night we had mango/brie quesadillas and soon we’re going to have some cherry and goat cheese bruschetta. Your pics are great! I MUST try kiwi bruschetta. I could seriously live on that stuff–there are so many ways to mix it up!

  10. Alice Q says:

    Mmmmm those look soo good!

  11. Amanda says:

    why, of course i will rorie! :-)

    thanks so much bron! your kiwi and feta bruschetta looks damn good too! it really was a great idea for the event.

    i’m at work right now cap’t jack, so i can’t answer your question, but i will get back to you on that when i’m at home.

    mmm…. mango and brie quesadilla! we are definately on the same page but damnit, now i’m even hungrier than i was when i started answering these. that sounds great kady! i will definately be eating one of those soon. i just love fruit and cheese together :-)

    thanks alice!

  12. Mae says:

    Just passing by…

    You have a wonderful team-like blog! Fabulously delicious!

    I will be back… soon :)

  13. [...] Amanda and her sidekick Tyler from San Diego, California were inspired to participate and share the brilliant bruschetta they were eating on What We’re Eating. Amanda made two absolutely delicious and exquisite looking bruschetta Serrano Ham and Kiwi Bruschetta, and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta. [...]

  14. Amanda says:

    Thanks for stopping in Mae! come back anytime :-D

  15. barbara says:

    Thanks for participating. Great combos. I particularly like the idea of serrano ham with kiwifruit.

  16. Louise Claridge says:

    Somebody help me. First of all I love this website. But I need help in identifying a pink tomatoe which grows to be quite large. It is never perfect looking, but it is SO delicious. What is the name of such a tomatoe. Anyone?
    Thanks,
    Louise
    Baltimore, Maryland

  17. Amanda says:

    Hi Louis! if i had to take a stab in the dark, i would guess that it was a brandywine heirloom tomato. but hey! that’s just a guess. i hope this helps! :-)

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