Several years ago, I went away on a girl’s weekend trip with friends who all love food! One of our favorite things to do is share food, recipes and ideas. We are all assigned different meals to be in charge of. I always come away from those weekends with great new ideas for meals. This appetizer was shared by my friend Samantha, aka Sam. She is Italian, and one night made an amazing pasta feast. THIS was the antipasto course.

Thanks to good friends who share good food!

The best part is that it is SO EASY!!!!

Alouette cheese found in the fancy cheese section of the grocery store deli area. Could also use Boursin, however Alouette is creamier.


Grab a large plate or small platter. Make sure it is clean and dry. Evenly spread the cheese over the plate.

Chop the tomatoes and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cheese.

Next chop and sprinkle the fresh basil over the top.

Next drizzle prepared balsamic glaze over the top of the spread in a criss cross fashion. My favorite glaze is from Trader Joe’s. You can find Balsamic Glaze in the grocery store next to the vinegars. Do not use straight balsamic vinegar. It is too runny and thin. The glaze is a reduction and is thicker.

Serve with pita chips, crackers spread on thin slices of baguette.

My favorite is the Town House brand of pita chips that come in the red box.

Bruschetta Dip

Bruschetta in the form of a spread for crackers. Soft cheese topped with tomatoes, fresh basil and a balsamic reduction.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 large plate or small platter


  • 1 6.5 Alouette Cheese with herbs or other soft cheese spread like Boursin
  • ½ cup tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic vinaigrette glaze or reduction
  • Pita chips, crackers or thinly sliced baguette


  • Spread the soft cheese evenly over the center of a large plate, or small platter. Leave about a 1/4 inch around the edge empty and clean.
  • Evenly sprinkle and spread the tomatoes over the cheese, then the fresh basil.
  • Drizzle the balsamic glaze back and forth over the whole plate. A little goes a long way.
    My favorite balsamic glaze is from Trader Joe's. You can find it in any grocery store next to the salad dressings or vinegars.
  • Eat with Pita chips, crackers or spread on thin sliced of baguette.