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Bruschetta with Vegan Cream Cheese and Tapenade

VeganMoFo Day 12

DPP_0008 (1280x853)Tapenade is simple to prepare in advance. This appetizing dish can be served as a starter or at finger buffets. It is best if it is marinated overnight. If you don’t have time, that is also fine. It is tasty enough even without garlic. I used Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese in this recipe. The lightness of it balances all the sharp flavours of Tapenade nicely.

And a little note on the bread: The bruschetta is nicest when grilled over an open flame like BBQ. If it is not possible for your bruschetta to meet its flame grilling will do. You can still get that uneven, rustic look.

Ingredients:
200 gr/7 oz jar pitted Kalamata olives, drained and finely chopped
4 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1 tbsp capers, chopped
½ tbsp. green peppercorns in brine, crushed
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped finely
Salt and pepper
Vegan cream cheese
Bruschetta
An extra clove garlic for rubbing the bread

Method:
• Make sure that you finely chop the ingredients (olives, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and capers) for tapenade.
• Mix the olives, crushed garlic, capers, crushed green peppercorns and sun-dried tomatoes together. Drizzle the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Carefully combine all the ingredients.
• Lightly grill both sides of the bread until golden. Brush one side with oil and then rub with a cut clove of garlic. Spread the bruschetta slices with vegan cream cheese. Top them up with tapenade and serve immediately.

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6 thoughts on “Bruschetta with Vegan Cream Cheese and Tapenade

    1. Thank you Helen 🙂 Tapenade has been on my list for a very long time and this is the first time I’ve made it! It is also husband approved so it means I will be making more 🙂

    1. Thanks Dawn 🙂 Actually the other ingredients are more dominant than the olives in this which was a pleasant surprise. Especially fresh basil and garlic. As you can see from my recipes in general, I LOVE my garlic 🙂

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