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SEATTLE — Chef Jill Sharpe of The Lake Kitchen restaurant on Mercer Island offers some ideas for “make ahead” dishes. Today, it’s all about bruschetta.

Make Ahead Prosciutto and Cherry Bruschetta

Makes 6 large toasts

 

Make Ahead: 1 day ahead cut up cherries and crumble blue cheese. Keep in the fridge.  The bread can be toasted and kept out for about 6 hours.  Assemble right before serving.  All of these ingredients can be served at room temperature, perfect for a picnic or appetizers in your backyard.

 

6 slices rustic bread, ½ inch thick

olive oil

6 slices prosciutto

1 cup cherries (bing or rainier), pitted and sliced

3 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

black pepper

 

Turn a grill or flat top on top med/high heat. Brush olive oil liberally on both sides of bread and place on heat. Toast for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn over and toast other side. Repeat with remaining toast.

When you are ready to serve, lay a slice of prosciutto on each toast, top evenly with cherries and blue cheese, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with cracked black pepper.

Make Ahead Prosciutto and Cherry Bruschetta

Makes 6 large toasts

 

Make Ahead: 1 day ahead cut up cherries and crumble blue cheese. Keep in the fridge.  The bread can be toasted and kept out for about 6 hours.  Assemble right before serving.  All of these ingredients can be served at room temperature, perfect for a picnic or appetizers in your backyard.

 

6 slices rustic bread, ½ inch thick

olive oil

6 slices prosciutto

1 cup cherries (bing or rainier), pitted and sliced

3 tablespoons blue cheese, crumbled

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

black pepper

 

Turn a grill or flat top on top med/high heat. Brush olive oil liberally on both sides of bread and place on heat. Toast for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn over and toast other side. Repeat with remaining toast.

When you are ready to serve, lay a slice of prosciutto on each toast, top evenly with cherries and blue cheese, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with cracked black pepper.

Make Ahead Summer Tomato Bruschetta with Avocado Spread

Makes 6 large toasts

 

Make ahead: The toppings can be made and kept in the fridge for about 6 hours. The brad can be toasted and kept out for about 6 hours as well. Assemble right before serving.

 

1 ¼ cup heirloom tomatoes, diced (I like to use several colors of tomatoes if they are in season)

1 ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon basil chiffonade, (sliced into thin ribbons)

2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (divided)

½ teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon garlic, minced

¾ cup feta cheese, crumbled

1 avocado, peeled and pitted

6 slices rustic bread, ½ inch thick

olive oil

1 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half

salt

 

In a small bowl mix tomatoes, vinegar, basil, 2 tsp lime juice, sugar, garlic and small pinch of salt. Cover and keep in fridge.

In another small bowl mash feta, avocado and lime juice together until only small chunks remain. Cover with plastic wrap making sure to have the wrap touch the spread so air does not get to the avocado and start to turn it brown.  Keep in the fridge.

 

Turn a grill or flat top on top med/high heat. Brush olive oil liberally on both sides of bread and place on heat. Toast for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn over and toast other side.  Hot off the heat, rub one side of toast with cut side of garlic and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining toast.

 

When ready to assemble spread avocado/feta spread evenly onto each toast and top with tomato mixture, serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

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