Perfect appetizers for entertaining! This Creamy Bacon Shrimp Bruschetta recipe has it all with toasted baguette, a creamy garlic herb and bacon spread, balsamic vinaigrette, and THE BEST fresh basil and tomato bruschetta. Topped with a succulent bacon-wrapped shrimp! Make it for all your summer parties!
Creamy Bacon Shrimp Bruschetta
Back when my husband and I first got married, we used to go to this little Italian restaurant that had THE BEST bruschetta. I mean, it was to-die-for. But it wasn't just bruschetta, there was a creamy, cheesy layer under the bruschetta that made it absolutely heavenly. The little restaurant closed down, and I have yet to find a restaurant that can even come close. I've always been kind of intimidated of making bruschetta because of this.
So today, I'm both super excited and proud to partner with Jewel-Osco and their exclusive Open Nature brand to share this fabulous, fresh, zesty, and even better than that amazing little restaurant, Creamy Bacon Shrimp Bruschetta recipe.
Before I jump into the recipe, I want to share why I think this recipe turned out so amazing. Bruschetta is made with just a few simple ingredients. It's fresh and bright but also really simple, so it's important that the ingredients are high quality.
Thankfully, Open Nature™ products, found in my area exclusively at Jewel-Osco, allow me to easily find these high quality ingredients at a great value. Open Nature is dedicated to helping people live a clean lifestyle filled with joy and wholesome goodness. The Open Nature brand offers a wide variety of over 400 products across the entire store, including both food and non-food. We love the Open Nature paper towels, but there's also other household items, as well as baby, skin care, and pet products. Lots to choose from.
Open Nature products are free from the artificial. That means no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, chemical additives, high fructose corn syrup, or any of that other bad stuff. Just clean, wholesome goodness. My husband loves their USDA defined natural meat, the ground beef and bison in particular. He loves burgers and loves to experiment in making "the best" one (which I also love because I do not have to cook on those nights!)
In the Creamy Bacon Shrimp Bruschetta recipe I'm sharing today, I'll be using Open Nature Shrimp, which is wild-caught and responsibly sourced, as well as Open Nature Balsamic Vinaigrette, which is delicious on a salad but even better in this bruschetta.
I buy my Open Nature products at my local Jewel Osco, and you can also find them exclusively at all of the Albertson's Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw's, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Now, let's get cooking.
There are several parts to this recipe, but they're all super simple and quick. First, I prepped my bruschetta by throwing in the fresh Roma tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, and fresh minced garlic. Then I drizzled on some Open Nature Balsamic Vinaigrette, which happens to be the perfect ratio of oil and vinegar and seasonings for this bruschetta (Seriously! I'm still eating it while I'm trying to write... Can't stop... Send help!). Then I kind of just set this aside to marinate while I threw together everything else.
I drizzled some baguette slices with a little olive oil and broiled them in the oven for just about 2 minutes. Watch them carefully though. I'm not a patient person, so I tried to multi-task with my first batch. Bad idea. I came out with baguette hockey pucks and needed a redo. So, truly it's faster if you just watch them for 2 minutes (or less). Take them out when they're starting to look a little toasty and golden around the edges.
Next up, I made the creamy bacon spread. Mix together some softened cream cheese and garlic herb goat cheese. I used O Organics™® goat cheese, also from Jewel. If you'd rather use plain goat cheese, you can add ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning to your spread mixture. Whisk together your cheeses until they're smooth and creamy. Then add in some grated Parmesan and crumbled bacon. Fold it in until combined. Then you can cover and pop it in the fridge until you're ready for it.
Last but certainly not least, I made the bacon-wrapped shrimp, using Open Nature Shrimp. These are raw, which for this recipe is best. If you try using already cooked shrimp, they'll be dry and tough.
So after peeling and deveining the shrimp, wrap half a piece of uncooked bacon around the shrimp, leaving the tail unwrapped. Secure it with a toothpick if it looks like it might unroll. Some needed a toothpick, and some did not for me. I ended up just giving them all a toothpick. Better safe than sorry!
Place wrapped shrimp on a baking sheet, and broil for about 5-6 minutes until the shrimp and bacon are cooked. The shrimp were so tender and juicy. I could've made a meal out of just the shrimp!
Once all the elements are prepped, you can assemble. Baguette, bacon spread, bruschetta, shrimp. OR you can set the ingredients out for your guests and let them make their own for a fun little bruschetta bar!
I'll let you get cooking, while I finish eating. Nom!
Creamy Bacon Shrimp Bruschetta Recipe
Creamy Bacon Shrimp Bruschetta
- 16 (¼-inch) slices French baguette
- Olive oil (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- 6 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- ⅓ cup chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ cup Open Nature™ Balsamic Vinaigrette
Creamy Bacon Spread
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 ounces garlic herb goat cheese
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan
- 6 slices Signature Farms bacon, cooked and crumbled
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- 16 Open Nature™ Shrimp Raw , thawed, peeled and deveined
- 8 slices Signature Farms bacon, uncooked, halved
Prepare the Bruschetta
- In a medium mixing bowl, add tomatoes, basil, garlic, and Open Nature Balsamic Vinaigrette. Toss to combine. Cover and set aside until ready to use.
Toast the Baguette
- Place baguette slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Broil for about 2 minutes, until outside edges are toasted. Set aside to cool.
Prepare Creamy Bacon Spread
- To a separate mixing bowl, add softened cream cheese and goat cheese. Stir until smooth. Add grated Parmesan and crumbled bacon. Fold in. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Cook Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
- Wrap each peeled and deveined Open Nature Shrimp in half a piece of uncooked bacon. Secure with a toothpick, necessary. Place seam side down on a baking sheet. Broil for 5-6 minutes, until shrimp is cooked through.
- Spread creamy bacon spread onto each baguette slice. Generously sprinkle with fresh bruschetta. Top with slightly cooled bacon wrapped shrimp. Serve immediately.
Thanks again to Jewel-Osco for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.