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Author Notes: Tomatoes pair beautifully with many other fruits - in a salad with mangoes and mozzarella, in a chunky sweet and savory sauce with guava, and here with a fruit I experimented with, honestly, because I wanted to stick to a red color scheme for a Valentine's Day appetizer I made for dinner at home. Enjoy!
—Emily | Cinnamon&Citrus
Serves 4 appetizer portions
- 1/2 French Baguette (or pick up a demi-baguette if available)
- 4 ounces Burrata cheese
- 10-12 strawberries, hulled, and quartered
- 15 grape tomatoes, quartered
- 1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar
- 1 rounded tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- salt and pepper
- extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- Turn the oven to Broil. Drizzle the crostini with olive oil and broil roughly 5 minutes (watch carefully!)
- Quarter the strawberries and macerate in a bowl with 1 tsp sugar, a pinch of salt and a half pinch of black pepper until a little bit of liquid forms in the bowl. This happens in about 10 minutes or so. Quarter the grape tomatoes and also season this component with a pinch of salt and few grates of black pepper. Combine the strawberries and tomatoes.
- Cook balsamic vinegar with honey in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium high heat until reduced by half to a syrupy consistency, about 7 minutes, stirring frequently in the early stages to distribute the honey throughout.
- Now, you are ready to compose: place a dollop of buratta on each crostini, being sure to salt and pepper this layer. Spoon on some tomato-strawberry mixture and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Appetizer to Share with Friends
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Berry Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Fresh Tomato Showstopper