Thursday, December 19, 2013

Steak and Bleu Cheese Bruschetta






Upon my first bite of Steak and Bleu Cheese Bruschetta my eyes popped open big and wide. And then, with my mouth very full, I exclaimed, "Wow!"

I'm convinced the "wow factor" is that each slice of baguette is rubbed with a raw garlic clove. I will forever be grateful to noblepig.com for sharing that trick. Amazing.

This recipe is intended to be an appetizer. It's very festive with the red and green for holiday get-togethers.  

My family, however, eats Steak and Bleu Cheese Bruschetta as a meal. It's our glorious finale with the leftovers we have after a Traeger smoked brisket.  

It's certainly the season for appetizers, so be sure to drop by Eating with Angie for more yummy ideas like my favorite artichoke dip and bacon-wrapped chestnuts


Ingredients

  • 1-2 Sourdough baguettes, sliced at an angle for more surface area. 
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound leftover steak, cut into very small pieces (I love using leftover smoked brisket)
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • avocados, diced
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Blue cheese dressing (I use Litehouse Original Bleu Cheese)

Directions

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400°F

Step 2: Lightly brush each slice of baguette with olive oil and place slices on a large cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 5 minutes to lightly "toast." Remove from oven and set aside to cool. 

Step 3: Rub cloves of garlic over top side of each baguette slice.

Step 4: Melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add steak pieces and heat for up to 5 minutes to make sure steak is completely warmed. Set aside to cool for a few minutes. 

Step 5: In a medium-sized bowl, toss together tomatoes, chives, basil, avocado and lime juice. Toss in steak and lightly season with coarsely ground black pepper.

Step 6: Lightly spread (really, just a little will do it) bleu cheese dressing on each baguette slice. Add one heaping spoon fool of the steak mixture to the top of each slice. Serve and enjoy!