|Perfect appetizer, or pair with your favorite glass of wine and enjoy as a light dinner.|
Burrata. It's on every trendy menu in town. If there is a dish with burrata in it, on it, or near it - I want it. I still remember the first time I tried it. It was several years ago when a friend had ordered it as an appetizer, and my first reaction as I watched him scoop up the gooey looking cheese was, "that does not look very appetizing." I didn't say it, of course, but I clearly remember thinking it. He offered me a bite and I was hooked. How had I never tried this deliciousness before? I had had all sorts of cheeses in my life but somehow had sidestepped this delectable dish.
|Trader Joe's: Basil, Artisan Sourdough Bread|
and Organic Whole Wheat Pain Pascal
- 2 heirloom tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8-10 large basil leaves, chopped
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
- balsamic vinegar
- fresh cracked black pepper
- your favorite crusty bread/baguette, sliced (I tried the two breads pictured here, and they were both great.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In medium size glass bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic and basil. Drizzle 3-4 tbs of olive oil and add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to taste. Stir and let sit for 10-15 minutes. On baking sheet or sheet of foil, arrange slices of bread in a single layer. Bake for 5-10 minutes, until slightly browned and remove from oven. On each slice, spread some of the burrata and top with the tomato mixture. Drizzle balsamic vinegar on top and serve.