This Make Your Own Bruschetta Bar will be the star of your party! With tons of topping ideas, you can build your own bruschetta bar with endless combinations. It’s perfect for entertaining and parties!
Make all of your spreads, cut your cheeses and meats, and prep the toppings the day before. Or you can buy your favorite toppings ready from the store. Leave the fresh fruit, bread, and anything else that won't hold well overnight until the day of serving.
If desired, create labels for each topping or spread so your guests will know what each one is.
30 minutes before guests arrive, assemble the bruschetta board. This gives the cheese time to come to room temperature and reach peak flavor.
Start with a cutting board, tray, or other surface. I like to put my spreads and some toppings in an assortment of bowls, then place those around the board. Then I take my other ingredients and place them directly on the board, filling in the gaps to make it look very full. Make sure to leave room for the last minute ingredients.
Cutting apples or other fruit, warm the brie cheese (if using), and prep any other last minute items. Add them to the board.
Grill your bread right before guests come so it will be fresh. Just slice your baguette on a slant so you create more "real estate" for the toppings :) Brush each side with olive oil and place on a hot grill pan. Grill each side for 2-3 minutes or until dark golden marks appear. Use some of the bread slices to fill in the empty spaces in your bruschetta bar and place the rest in a dish to set beside.
**The amounts of each ingredient needed depends completely on which and how many toppings you choose. 2 loaves of bread serves roughly 10-12 people. Try to aim for about 3 oz of cheese per person, then gather your remaining ingredients.