Guest Post: Jess from Steve & Jess!

Hello all, I'm Jess and I'm over here to share some culinary wisdom!
First off, can we just acknowledge the fact that Kasee is wonderwoman?
No, she really is.
We are real-life friends and I've been trying to emulate her for like 5 years now...seriously.
Which is why I was so incredibly honored to guest post over here at the Apron Gal!
So here it goes, one of my favorite go-to recipes
Italian Bruschetta
Here are the ingredients (serves 4):
Tomatoes (around 2 cups diced)-
I used sunbursts and grape tomatoes, mostly because I love adding color! You could also use plain old romas, they work great!
1/4 large red onion (diced)-
Red onions add color and are more sweet, which is why I like them for this dish, but you could also use white if that's what you have in your fridge!
Blackberry Honey Goat Cheese (about 1/8cup to sprinkle on top)-
Now you could substitute a number of cheeses here, think: fresh mozzarella, shaved parmesan, regular goat cheese, feta, etc... but I'm kind of obsessed with this stuff right now, so I used it.
1 cup of balsamic vinegar-
you'll reduce this. and I'll teach you how. and you'll love me for it. the end.
1/2-1 cup olive oil-
for pan-frying the bread.
Rustic Bread-
Italian pugilese or french work the best.
S. Pellegrino-
because no italian meal is complete without a long-stemmed glass of it.
Basil, Salt, and Pepper-
Now, I went to the store and forgot to pick up fresh basil. Don't be like me! I used dried basil here but fresh julienned basil is much better!
Now roll up your sleeves and let's get to it!
Diced up your tomatoes and onions (make sure you dice your onions really small...nobody likes a straight shot of onion) and throw in your salt, pepper, and basil to taste. Let this sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. I like to do this first because it gives the flavors time to mix and meld and work their magic together. 
Put your balsamic in a pot over medium-high heat on your stove. Then, bring it to a boil for around 5-10 minutes. Now, this is called balsamic reduction because it is going to reduce/boil down into sweet, slightly sticky, balsamic goodness. So don't freak out when your 1 cup turns into 1/2 cup. You'll know it's ready when the balsamic clings to your spoon. Then remove from the heat and let it cool.
Pan fry your bread until it's crispy and golden. Watch it though and make sure it doesn't burn! When it's ready, pat off the excess oil and let it cool on a plate.
Put your tomato mixture over the bread, sprinkle on your cheese, and spoon on your balsamic reduction, flip on an old re-run of Gilmore Girls, pour yourself a glass of something sparkly, and enjoy!
Don't forget to stop by my blog and say hello!

Thanks Jess! I think I will make that tonight...mmmmm! 


  1. OH my tastebuds are just tingling looking at this! I am over here from Jess' blog, and am a new follower of Apron Girl! I need all the inspiration I can get ;)

  2. Lindsey Lea B! I am so happy to have you over here at The Apron Gal! Hope you find some inspiration!

  3. I totally made this and posted a link on my blog... mmmm! Thanks ladies!


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