A Mexican spin on traditional bruschetta, flavored up with fresh herb, lime, and Pace® Salsa. Make this delicious recipe with cheese to wow the crowd or without cheese for an easy go-to for your next football watching.
Holy hell guys. It got cold here. …Or at least chilly. I woke up this morning, and someone in this house had put the house A/C on instead of heat and the house was a frigid 68F. No, I am not kidding. I tried to snuggle with the 5 year old (he crawls into bed with us in the middle of Every. Friggin. Night.), and he rolled away “I want to cuddle with Daddy”. Pffffth.
Careful what you ask for, like chilly weather. Thank you God for listening.
So here we are in week 2 of the new year. Last weekend, I gardened, oh yes I did. Weeded and mulched down a fresh layer of pine straw, and planted celery and brussel sprouts. My garden is not large, and it is not productive. But it is weeded and mulched and pretty.
I bring this up because a key ingredient in this recipe is one of the few things I do grow well …oregano. Fresh oregano is my favorite herb I think. It is a little bit basil, a little bit parsley, a little bit rock ‘n roll. You all know dried oregano, because it’s been on every pizza you have ever eaten …but fresh oregano guys… fresh oregano is entirely different…
So this here is a recipe for football. Clearly. And this post is sponsored by Pace® salsa, which you already know and love I’m sure – who doesn’t use salsa to kick up recipes or as the easiest dip in the universe. But I wanted to show you how versatile Pace® is by doing something new. And of course, it’s playoff time which means football food and football parties YAYYY so awesommme.
[By the way, I am bound by terms where I can’t say things like “This is perfect for Super BLAH” or “Make this for your Something Bowl” ..but I can say things like “the Big Game” because, yeah, that doesn’t sound stupid …but you know exactly what I am talking about right?]
So let’s just cut to it and make ourselves awesome football food…
So this recipe is a bit different. Which may not be readily apparent… Of course I googled “Mexican Bruschetta” when I had my idea in the first place. And most of what came up seemed to be predictably what you would expect …Let’s swap basil for cilantro, add lime and call it Mexican.
Wow. I am such a food snob.
…Anyway, bruschetta literally means rubbing the toasted bread with garlic. According to Wikipedia anyway. And what says love more than that. That crostini is so real.
Italian bruschetta is traditionally tomatoes, garlic, basil and such, tossed in olive oil and served with crostini. ..Like, none of that made it into my version, except garlic and olive oil. I used black beans, corn, and fresh poblano pepper as the base, then flavored it up with Pace® salsa, fresh oregano, and lime. I did not roast the poblano pepper because I wanted to keep the crunch. That pepper with the fresh oregano and Pace® salsa, this combination is the whole key to why this recipe is sooo good. It comes together so well that the cheese is actually not even needed at all. I just decided to go over the top with the cheese. So if you would like a simple easy delicious bruschetta/salsa, stop before the cheese and enjoy. But, if you want full on cheese, by all means…
So this is it kids. Football food at it’s finest, covered in a layer of cheese. Give this recipe a shot because it is truly truly yummy.
- 2 skinny baguettes, sliced into 1/4 to 1/2-inch slices
- 2 Tbs + 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves of garlic, divided
- 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained well
- 1 cup whole kernal corn, thawed if frozen and driained well
- 1 large poblano pepper, seeded and diced
- 1/2 cup Pace® Salsa, Medium
- zest of half a lime
- 2 tsp fresh lime juice
- good pinch fresh cracked pepper
- couple good pinches kosher salt
- 1 Tbs fresh oregano leaves, chopped plus additional for garnish
- 1/2 cup finely crumbled queso fresco cheese, divided
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- Heat the oven broiler on high.
- First, make the crostini. Lay the baguette slices in a single layer on a bake sheet. Brush both sides of each with the 1 tablespoon olive oil. Toast the bread right under the broiler, watching constantly, until golden on the top side around the edges. Flip each piece over, and brown the other sides. Remove crostini from the oven.
- Take a clove of garlic and slice in half. Rub the top side of each crostini with the cut face of the garlic clove. Set the crostini aside, but reserve the garlic clove. Add to the remaining garlic clove and mince both.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the minced garlic from the step above with the black beans, corn, poblano pepper, salsa, lime zest, lime juice, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoon oregano, and the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil.
- To cheese up the bruschetta, stir 1/4 cup queso fresco cheese into the bruschetta. Layer onto a thin pan (I used a flat cast iron skillet). Top with all of the Monterey Jack cheese, as well as the remaining 1/4 cup queso fresco. Place pan under the broiler for a minute of two until cheese is melty, creamy, and bubbly, but not browned. Remove from the oven, top with a sprinkle of fresh oregano and serve immediately with the crostini. Yields 6 servings.
- At the point where most of the ingredients are combined (i.e. before cheese is yet added), this by itself is a delicious bruschetta. I ate a bunch at that point.
Leave me a comment! What’s your favorite football food?