Bruschetta & a SURPRISE Baby Shower for Aggie!

 

Baby Shower for Aggie

Aggie is a very dear food blogging friend.  I got to know her through an online bible study we did two summers ago with five women, such a sweet gal!  So thankful to call her friend. All that said…. I am very excited to be a part of her SURPRISE BABY SHOWER today!  Yeah Aggie!  I hope we surprised you ;) I can’t wait for your babes to arrive…wish we werent’ so far away I’d love to be able to smooch his chubby cheeks.  So happy for you and your family.  Here’s wishing you all the best!!

Please take a minute and check out with everyone else brought to the party!!
Appetizers
Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Drinks
Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Salads
Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Entrees
Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Desserts
Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

 

IMG_8399Aggie is Italian, so today I am bringing Bruschetta to the party.  Pronounced (per Giada) Bru-sketta….roll the Rrrr long U, people.  I love to add cannellini beans to my bruschetta topping, they add great texture and they soak up the balsamic flavors giving you something more to bite into!

 

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Brew-shetta, OH whoops!, I meant Bru-sketta makes a great starter for any party.  It’s easy to toss the ingredients together ahead of time and assemble quickly just before serving or sometimes I like to serve the components separately for people to assemble themselves.  Here’s  how I make bruschetta….

 

Ribbet collageI start with a baguette or two ;)  Sliced thin on a diagonal so I get more surface space.  Place on a baking sheet and brush lightly with olive oil on both sides, and rub with a clove of garlic.  Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes or until toasts just begin to brown.  Allow to cool completely before topping and serving.  This part of the appetizer is nice to make ahead of time. Allow crostini’s to cool completely and store in a zip-loc bag until ready to use.  Crostini’s can also be frozen you just need to pop them back int he oven for a few minutes to freshen them up.

 

IMG_8369Now for the topping.  This is where you can get creative.  Feel free…very free to make this recipe your own!  Use what you have.  Bruschetta is basically a delicious way to use up the leftover stale bread.  I’m sure Aggie would tell you that nothing goes to waste in an Italian kitchen and this is just one of many delicious creations that can be enjoyed!

 

IMG_8365I did a little googling on bruschetta just to see how everyone else does it.  To my surprise everything from crostini’s with thinly sliced meat to crostini’s with nutella and shaved chocolate popped up!  Well the nutella might be going a bit too far outside the bruschetta box for me.  I do like to add cannellini beans to my bruschetta.  I love these little buggers.  You will need one can drained and rinsed!

 

IMG_8374Add beans to a glass bowl then add chopped red onions, cherry tomatoes (I like to use red and yellow tomatoes for added color!), and basil, then season to your liking with salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.  Don’t have basil then use fresh rosemary, thyme, or oregano!

 

IMG_8375Give all this goodness a toss, let it marinade 30 minutes to 24 hours.  I can actually eat this little salad on it’s own…but OH momma when you lay it on top of garlic toasts and drizzle some of the juice over top letting it seep into the bread….can you say scrumptious?!

 

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Pretty on the palate as well as the plate!  Bruschetta is comforting, fresh, and satisfying!  I hope you ENJOY!

 

 

I hope you visit all the wonderful contributions to Aggie’s Surprise Baby Shower I am certain there will be some incredible cuisine to be had!!

Much love to you Aggie! Here’s wishing you happiness, healthy, and a speedy delivery! xoxox Sheila

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  1. 1
    katie :

    Mmmm this white bean bruschetta looks amazing and I’m sure Aggie will love this!
    katie recently posted..Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggies & Bow Tie PastaMy Profile

  2. 2

    Love the addition of white beans, Sheila!
    Rachel Cooks recently posted..Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and MozzarellaMy Profile

  3. 3

    Love the garlic rubbing action!! I vote you make this for us one day. :) xoxo Thank you for participating!!
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl recently posted..Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad – Surprise Baby Shower for Aggie!My Profile

  4. 4

    Yes, please! I love all the flavors in this, plus the texture of the beans. I KNOW Aggie would love this. Yum!
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles recently posted..Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing}My Profile

  5. 5

    Love all of that color!!! These sound wonderful, Sheila!
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven recently posted..(Lighter!) Jalapeno PoppersMy Profile

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    JulieD :

    Sheila, these look wonderful!!! I know Aggie would love this recipe!! Thank you so much!!
    JulieD recently posted..Pesto Caprese Fried WontonsMy Profile

  7. 7

    Loving the addition of beans to this “roll the Rrrr long U, people” Bru-sketta. Delicious (and too funny!).
    Christine (Cook the Story) recently posted..Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps for AggieMy Profile

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    Marly :

    It’s fun to go to a baby shower and meet new people – so pleased to discover your blog and this delicious recipe!

  9. 9

    This is such a great surprise for such a great lady!! And I adore the addition of the cannellini beans to this – what a great protein punch!

  10. 10

    This looks fabulous, Sheila! I love that you added the beans. YUM! I’m with Liz…you need to make this for us someday! :)
    Sarah @ The Chef Next Door recently posted..Rightfully Raw {Giveaway}!My Profile

  11. 11

    This looks so amazing! Pictures are just lovely!!!
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch recently posted..Sun Dried Tomato Hummus RecipeMy Profile

  12. 12

    I am completely smitten with this bruschetta! And y’all are so sweet to surprise Aggie! She is the best!

  13. 13

    I just LOVE that you all did this for her! SO sweet. And umm… your recipe? I’m pretty sure I’d eat the topping long before it made it to the bread. This is getting pinned to make for my book club soon!!!! hugs GirlFriend!
    Kim | Just for Clicks recently posted..Book Club and Shauna Niequist’s Blueberry CrispMy Profile

  14. 14

    Love a tasty bruschetta, especially during garden season! Aggie would love these!
    Sandy @ RE recently posted..Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil for Aggie’s Baby ShowerMy Profile

  15. 15

    Very smart to add the white beans to the topping. Great way to add some protein and fiber!
    Suzanne recently posted..Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes for a Surprise ShowerMy Profile

  16. 16

    This is the perfect summertime appetizer! I’ll bet Aggie would love this, and I’m quite certain that I could eat this for lunch everyday.
    Cookin Canuck recently posted..Healthy Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche Recipe with Zucchini, Tomatoes & FetaMy Profile

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    Aggie :

    Oh Sheila – I was totally surprised!! And this bruschetta (I totally say it wrong) needs to get in my belly!! This looks amazing! I wish you could make it for me in real life!

    Thanks so much for cooking this up, love you friend!!
    Aggie recently posted..I’m Surprised!! A Virtual Baby Shower… For My Baby Boy and Me!My Profile

  18. 18

    I love that you added beans to bruschetta (which comes out all wrong with my southern accent!). So perfect for Aggie’s Shower!!
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen recently posted..Virgin Peach & Raspberry BellinisMy Profile

  19. 19

    Cannellini beans are my favorite too!! I love that you put them in bruschetta Sheila!

    • 19.1
      Sheila :

      Cheryl thanks so much for stopping by…I’ve yet to visit everybody at the shower yet, but I’m making my way down the list! xoxo Sheila

  20. 20
    leslie :

    LOVE the addition of the beans! Perfect little treats for Aggies shower!

  21. 21

    These look so perfect – great for a party!!
    Deborah recently posted..Fridays with Rachael Ray – Tomato and Basil BakeMy Profile

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