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Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta with Goat Cheese

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When it comes to starters that set the stage for a memorable meal, few can rival the vibrant flavors and textures of roasted red pepper bruschetta.

This recipe is more than just an appetizer; it’s a conversation starter, a way to bring people together over shared bites bursting with flavor. Perfect for gatherings or a family-style spread, this appetizer brings the rustic charm of Italian cuisine right to your table with a twist of modern simplicity.

Eight bruschetta with red pepper and goat cheese.

Dahn has invited me to the annual ladies event at her church and am bringing these appetizers to the party.  They look so pretty and festive with the red pepper and green parsley and it is perfect for the Christmas time event.

Here is Why This Bruschetta Recipe Works

  • Effortlessly Elegant: The combination of creamy goat cheese and charred sweet peppers on toasted bread creates a sophisticated flavor profile that is deceptively easy to achieve.
  • Versatile: This recipe is perfect for an upscale dinner party or a casual get-together, proving its place as a versatile dish for any occasion.
  • Speedy Gourmet: With minimal prep and a quick assembly, this recipe is ideal for those who want to impress without the stress.
  • All About Balance: The creamy texture of the cheese paired with the robust flavor of roasted peppers and the crunch of toasted bread strikes a delightful balance.

Ingredients For Red Pepper Bruschetta 

Here is a list of the ingredients you will need for this recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  • Bakery: Baguette
  • Dairy: Soft goat cheese, Full-fat cream cheese, Heavy cream
  • Pantry: Olive oil, Preserved roasted red peppers
  • Produce: Fresh garlic, Fresh thyme sprigs
Ingredients for roasted red pepper bruschetta.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Swap out goat cheese for ricotta for a milder flavor.
  • Use homemade roasted bell peppers or Italian sweet peppers in place of the jarred kind for a more authentic taste.
  • Substitute heavy cream with a dollop of Greek yogurt for a tangier and lighter spread.

How to Make Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Here is a brief overview to get an idea of what to expect with the recipe. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Toast the baguette slices with olive oil until golden.
  2. Rub each slice with fresh garlic for a flavor kick.
  3. Blend the cheeses and cream to a smooth consistency.
  4. Assemble the appetizers with a spread of cheese, topped with the red peppers and a sprig of thyme.
Mixing goat cheese with cream cheese.

Flavorful Variations

Red Peppers and Tomato Bruschetta: Top the goat cheese spread with a mix of diced tomatoes and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction. This version combines the rich flavors of roasted bell pepper with a juicy tomato, finished with tangy balsamic vinegar that adds a hint of acidity.

Mediterranean Roasted Veggie: Incorporate a variety of roasted vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, and red onions along with the roasted red peppers. Cut them into small, bite-sized pieces for easy topping, and season with a blend of Italian herbs. 

Spicy Jalapeño and Red Pepper: Get things hot and spicy by adding finely diced jalapeños or a sprinkle of red chili flakes into the goat cheese mixture. You could also add a spread of hot pepper jelly under the goat cheese layer for a sweet heat. 

A goat cheese and red pepper bruschetta on a small plate.

Tips for Success

  • Toast the bread to just the right amount of crunchiness to support the toppings without being hard to bite.
  • Pat the peppers dry to avoid soggy bread and ensure the perfect crunch with each bite.
  • Allow the goat cheese to come to room temperature before blending for a smoother spread.

Serving Suggestions

Envision setting these delectable morsels out for guests. Pair this easy bruschetta with a crisp white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc, to complement the tangy cheese and sweet peppers. 

It is also great served with an antipasto platter or set it out in the kitchen while guests wait for the main coarse to finish cooking.

Roasted red pepper bruschetta on a serving plate.

Storing Bruschetta with Sweet Red Peppers

Wrap any leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. For best taste, consume within 24 hours. The bread will get soft as it sits in the fridge with the cheese mixture on top but it will still taste good. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep bruschetta from getting soggy?

To prevent soggy bottoms, toast the bread until golden, rub with garlic for flavor, drain and pat dry the toppings to remove excess moisture, spread a layer of cheese to create a barrier, assemble the bruschetta just before serving, and serve immediately to retain crispness.

What is the best bread for bruschetta?

Choose a ciabatta or baguette for its sturdy crust and firm texture, which gets crisp when toasted yet remains chewy.

A bruschetta on a plate with a glass of wine.

This roasted red pepper bruschetta recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity in the kitchen. It brings together rich flavors and diverse textures, resulting in an appetizer that is as delightful to look at as it is to eat.

This recipe is proof that great taste doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Several roasted red pepper bruschetta appetizers on a serving platter.

Goat Cheese-Sweet Red Pepper Bruschetta

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A crisp, crunchy appetizer of tangy goat cheese and sweet red peppers topped with a festive touch of green parsley.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, sliced on a diagonal, 1/2-inch thick (about 20-24 slices)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 8 ounces soft goat cheese
  • 4 oz. full-fat cream cheese
  • 4-5 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 jar of commercial preserved roasted sweet red peppers
  • Fresh thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place the slices of bread on a baking sheet and brush olive oil on them lightly. Slide the baking sheet in the oven and toast just until slightly browned and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Rub each slice with garlic.
  3. Drain the liquid from the jar of peppers and lay them on several thickness of paper towels and blot dry. Cut the peppers into pieces to fit the slices of toast.
  4. Add the goat cheese, cream cheese and the cream to a medium-size bowl. Use a hand mixer on low speed to beat until creamy and smooth.
  5. Spread one tablespoon of the goat cheese mixture on each slice of toast, add slices of the red pepper and top with a sprig of fresh thyme. Arrange the appetizers on a serving plate and enjoy!

Notes

  • Whip the goat cheese mixture until smooth, adding a tablespoon or so of cream if necessary.
  • Garnish the appetizers with any fresh herb such as chopped basil, parsley leaves, snipped chives or whatever fresh herb you have on hand.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 134Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is a guideline only. It is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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John@Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Love the gorgeous color of the peppers! And what a wonderful flavor combo -- this is really nice. Terrific dish to serve at home, or bring to an event -- this looks like a winner. Thanks.

Pat

Wednesday 3rd of December 2014

Thanks, John....This is just in time for the Christmas season with the red and green colors. :)

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