Bolognese Bruschetta

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I have a thing for Bolognese sauce. And I wonder if you can ever dine at too many Italian restaurants (who’s with me?!).  Chicago Italian restaurants have me at Homemade Pasta sautéed with Bolognese Sauce.  It is a struggle every time; I peruse the menu, delight over Bucatini Carbonara and Cappellacci di Zucca, but the food envy always challenges my decision-making.  In the end, I happily order Bolognese (and start with marinated tomatoes and bruschetta, of course).

In an effort to create a simple app that is quick to prepare and combines my two fave Italian dishes – Bolognese sauce and bruschetta – the Jolly Hostess twist this week presents a warm bruschetta with creamy ricotta and is topped with a very meaty Bolognese sauce. Perfect for date night in or a friend’s dinner party; simply pop in the oven again if  reheating is needed.  To be honest, it’s so good, you could even it it cold.

Another excuse to make Bolognese Bruschetta? How festive is this app?! Red and green colors are ideal for Christmas Instagram shots and will spruce up the dinner party spread.

Ingredients:

1 Italian baguette, cut in 1/2″ slices

1 lb ground beef

1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes

4-5 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup onion, thinly diced

2 tbsp chicken broth

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp dried basil and oregano

1 cup ricotta

1/2 cup goat cheese

12 basil leaves

Makes 12 pieces; Prep Time: 10 mins; Cook Time: 20 mins

Steps:

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Make Bolognese sauce: brown ground beef in medium-sized skillet. While the meat is cooking, prep onion and garlic. Once done, remove meat from pan. Using the grease from the beef, sauté onion in garlic until tender, about 3-4 mins. Add beef back into skillet along with tomatoes, chicken broth, sugar, balsamic vinegar, dried basil and oregano.  Bring to a boil, set to medium heat and let simmer for 15 mins, uncovered.

Set oven to low broil.  Slice bread and mix ricotta and goat cheese together in small bowl. You guys, this is heaven in a bowl!

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Top individual bread slices with ricotta and goat cheese mixture, spray baking sheet and place bread on top.  Set in oven for 4-6 mins until slightly browned.

Using a spoon, top bread with Bolognese sauce and a basil leaf per slice. Serve immediately.

Bolognese Bruschetta

Bolognese Bruschetta

Crazy for Bruschetta? Be sure to check out my taco version for a different app combining bruschetta with tacos (YES.) and butternut squash for a fall fave.

If you make this or any of my other recipes, use #thejollyhostess and share on social media for a chance to be featured.

Cheers!

 

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