Purple Potato, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Are you guys sick of all the purple food yet? I’ve still got a few more recipes to post and then I’ll shut up about purple food. When I saw this Purple Potato Pizza posted back in January, I immediately starred it to make at some point. I hadn’t even started thinking about purple food, but the colors on that pizza just popped and drew me in.

When I started pulling a menu together, I had the pizza on the list. I decided that having a tart, baguette slices with the baked brie, AND a pizza would be a little to carb heavy for my tastes. But then I had to decide which of those items to ditch. I went back and forth. Then it hit me, I could use the pizza as inspiration for a dip or something. But dips often go with chips or toast or crackers. More carbs. I decided to let the idea simmer a bit and stopped thinking about it.

A couple days later it hit me – endive leaves! They’re crispy and crunchy and not carby at all. Perfect! This is basically the same recipe that I use for bruschetta, except I added some lightly boiled purple potatoes! I added my potatoes to the mixture while they were still a bit warm so the cheese got all melty which was awesome. I would recommend serving this the same day you make it. The Purple Potato, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta would be great over sliced baguettes or on chips as well.

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Purple Potato, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Yield: Serves 8-10


1 lb purple potatoes
2 large tomatoes
2 oz crumbled goat cheese
1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
large bunch cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
toasted bagueette slices or endive leaves (separated and washed) for serving


Set a pot of salted water to boil. Chop the potatoes into small cubes. Once water is boiling, add potatoes and boil for 5 minutes. Drain potatoes and allow to cool.

Seed and dice the tomatoes and place in a medium bowl. Add the goat cheese and diced red onion.

Once potatoes have cooled, add them to the bowl along with the cilantro and salt and pepper. If the potatoes are warm, the goat cheese will melt a little bit. That's ok.

To serve, spoon bruschetta into endive leaves or over toasted baguette slices.

Recipe inspired by The Novice Chef

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10 Responses to “Panzanella – Barefoot Bloggers”

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    Prudy — August 14, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Beautiful photos. We loved it too.

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    Joelen — August 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is such a great dish and so colorful too!

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    Veronica — August 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Looks beautiful! I agree it comes together pretty fast.

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    Cat's — August 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Glad you loved it!
    ~The Cat’s Pajamas

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    Kirsten — August 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Your salad looks great! Glad to see a fellow Boston girl (well, we left the city 2 years ago but still work here) on the Bloggers!

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    Melissa — August 14, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Looks great!

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    Courtney — August 14, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Wow your salad looks so good. I think I am going to try making this again after a trip to the market this weekend.

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    webbie — August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Great picture! I’ve been thinking that this would be great for Shakespear in the Park. Cool and refreshing!

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    Cate — August 15, 2008 at 2:16 am

    I love Panzanella, but haven’t had Ina’s version yet (Tyler’s is delish!) – perfect recipe for summertime.

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    giz — August 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Good tip on the croutons – this one looks like a total winner.

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