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Italian Bruschetta Bar
Italian Bruschetta Bar PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Hey, want to make your next party feel like a picnic in Sicily? (We do.) The good news is that there's no need to hire a caterer. You only need a few store-bought ingredients to build this stunning Italian Bruschetta Bar. Don't fuss about the arrangement—a random presentation is the best way to convey that perfect "relaxed afternoon in a vineyard" vibe. 

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Makes 4 servings

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 loaf crusty bread, thinly sliced

8 ounces burrata cheese

8 ounces spreadable herb cheese

3 ounces salami

3 ounces prosciutto

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes

½ cup pesto

½ cup olive tapanade

½ cup quince paste

Cornichons, marinated artichoke hearts, pickled peppers and olives, for serving

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring often, until the onions are well caramelized, 30 to 35 minutes. Stir in balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl.

2. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium heat. Grill the bread on both sides well, until char marks appear. Set aside.

3. Build your bruschetta bar: Arrange the bread, cheeses, meats, spreads and accompaniments on a large board.

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