A year ago I was faced with a dilemma. Our school has this excellent program that encourages children to try new fruits and vegetables and I, being the volunteering type, signed up. All was going well until the group stumbled upon the Pomegranate. Being the next food on the list, I had to explain all the fabulous health benefits this power fruit has like antioxidants, vitamin C and K plus make samples of ways you could eat it. Here’s the kicker- to be honest, the pomegranate was never a favorite in my book.
Any crunchy kind of fruit was not my style. But then I was 10 when I last tried it. And it was from a friends neighbor’s tree. (who knows if the thing was even ripe) A little growing up and a willingness to expand my repertoire for different foods was an added plus to revisit this for another taste. After I figured out how to peel a pomegranate, I popped a few seeds, or arils, in my mouth. The mild taste was refreshing and the crunch was a pleasant suprise.
But how do I make a bunch of 6 and 8-year olds want even to try it?
Enter the Pomegranate bruschetta.
I found this little gem of a recipe from a fabulous fellow blogger Maureen Shaw- the Orgasmic Chef.
I will have to say if you are looking for fun award-winning recipes I would definitely check out her site! The first taste test completely blew me away. This recipe had a fabulously complex composition of flavor but was easy on the palate. At first bite, I knew I had the golden ticket to p
The crunch of the grilled baguette with cream cheese sandwiched between the sweet juicy crunch of pomegranate and the zest of mint gives even the biggest skeptic a reason to grab several more off the plate. When I brought in my surprise the kids were hesitant but all it took was one thumbs up to make them change their mind.
Needless to say, the kids scarfed down these little bite-size tastes of fabulousness faster than I could dish them out. This was the winner of the day for sure in both my book and theirs. This has now become one of my quick go tos when I need to bring an app. In under 10 minutes, I have something unique tasty and an instant crowd pleaser for both big and small at parties and get-togethers. I’m sure your friends will agree on how delicious it is- mouths full and your serving tray empty.Print
Pomegranate Bruschetta is a delicious alternative to the classic tomato version. Crisp Pomegranate with a hint of mint and cream cheese will sure to be a crowd pleaser.
1/4 cup fresh mint
1 french baguette
2 tbsp butter
1/2 block cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Slice baguette into 1 inch slices, butter and grill until you get grill marks then set aside.
2. In a small bowl combine the pomegranate arils, juice of half a lemon and mint leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spread Bruschetta with cream cheese and top with pomegranate mixture.
4. Serve and enjoy!
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