Recipe courtesy of Julie Merriman
Fiery Summer Bruschetta with Zesty Olive Spread and Spicy Candied Bacon
40 min
20 min
4 servings
40 min
20 min
4 servings


Spicy Candied Bacon:
Summer Salad:
Zesty Olive Spread:


For the bacon:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Put a baking rack over a parchment paper lined tray and arrange the bacon slices across the rack - do not overlap. In small bowl combine the syrup and cayenne and brush the bacon generously with the mixture. Put in the oven and bake until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Summer Salad:

In a large bowl, add the vinegar, honey, Dijon and lime zest and juice and whisk to combine. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to make a dressing. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside until ready to use.

For the bruschetta:

In large saute pan, add the olive oil, cayenne and garlic. When the garlic has browned, remove it and discard. Add the bread slices, in batches if necessary, and cook until browned on both sides. You may need to add more olive oil to the pan if the bread soaks up too much. Remove to sheet tray and set aside until ready to plate the dish.

For the Zesty Olive Spread:

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until pureed and smooth. Check for seasoning and set aside until ready to use.


Put 2 pieces of bread on each plate. Spread the zesty olive spread on top of the bread. Lay 1 piece of bacon on each bread slice and top with the summer salad. Repeat with remaining bread and toppings.

Cook's Note

Inspired by the movie Julie and Julia - if you have seen it, you will know what scene I am talking about!!!!! This is meant as a light summer dinner! Knife and fork required!

A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. It has not been tested for home use.


Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Summer Fruit Crostata

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Summer in a Cup

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Summer Chicken Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Late Summer Tomato Bruschetta

Recipe courtesy of Michael Chiarello

Fiery Fondue

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Fiery Farfalle

Recipe courtesy of Padma Lakshmi

Fiery Wings

Trending Videos 5 Videos

Get the recipe

Crab Cupcakes 00:50

Make a splash with these too-cute cupcakes that are a cinch to assemble.

Similar Topics:

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Get Cooking