Bruschetta Trio

Bruschetta Trio
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Source Giallozafferano.it

A nice variety of traditional Italian flavors to kick-start the taste buds before an meal.


Note: Datterini tomatoes have a sweet, rich taste and inviting aroma. They are small in size with an elongated oval shape, (like a date), which is how they got their name. The skin is thicker than most tomatoes and with fewer seeds, which means more flesh. Like cherry tomatoes, Datterini tomatoes have a high sugar level. Cherry tomatoes can be substituted in this recipe.

Tris di Bruschette

June 26, 2017
: 6
: 40 min
: 40 min

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Ingredients
  • For 2 Eggplant, Burrata cheese & Tomato Brushetta
  • 7 oz Buratta cheese
  • 6 Eggplant slices
  • 10 - 12 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Salt
  • Thyme
  • Mint
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • For 2 Onion & Italian Sausage Brushetta
  • 7 oz Italian sausage
  • 1 White onion
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 4 oz Water
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • For 2 Shrimp and Zucchini pesto Bruschetta
  • 2 - 4 Shrimp per bruschetta depending size
  • 2 Zucchini
  • 3 oz Almonds peeled
  • Paprika
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
Directions
  • Step 1 Bruschetta: To prepare the bread, put the loaf on a cutting board and slice it about 3/4 inch thick(1).   Put wax paper on a baking sheet and place the bread slices brushed with olive oil (2). Bake in a preheated oven at 425° for 5 minutes, then grill for another 2 minutes or until the the bread is golden and slightly crunchy(3).
  • Step 2 Eggplant, Burrata Cheese & Tomatoes: Start by washing the eggplant and cutting it into thin slices 3/8″ – 1/2″  (1).  Transfer the slices to a baking tray covered with wax paper, salt them (2) and pour extra virgin olive oil on each (3). Bake in a preheated stove at 400° for 10 minutes and then grill another 2 minutes. When the eggplant slices have softened and appear golden (4), transfer them to a bowl and season with mint leaves (5). Cover the bowl with the saran wrap and let it rest for about 5 minutes at room temperature so that they soften further(6). Wash the tomatoes and cut them in half. Put  the tomato halves in a non-stick frying pan and add olive oil (7). Add the cane sugar (8) and thyme (9) and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat, or until the tomatoes lose some of their liquid.  Place the slices of bread on a cutting board and form a layer of eggplant (10), Burrata Cheese(11) and then add tomatoes (12).
  • Step 3 Onion & Sausage: Remove the sausage skin (1). Form the sausage into small balls (2), thinly slice the white onion ​​(3). Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and then add the sliced ​​onion (4). When the onion begins to brown, add water (5) and balsamic vinegar (6),  and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. Once the onion has softened and starts to turn translucent, add the sausage (7), cover the frying pan (8 ) and let it cook for another 5 minutes. Then transfer the sausage and the onion to the slices of toasted bread, adding the ‘sauce’ formed during cooking (9). Serve hot!
  • Step 4 Shrimp & Zucchini Pesto: Remove the shrimp heads (1) and peel the shells (2). Pour oil into a non-stick frying pan, add the shrimp (3) and cook for 5 minutes. Cook the shrimp until they reach a light pink color. Salt to taste (4) add the paprika (5), then mix and cook for an additional minute (6). Prepare the zucchini pesto: carefully wash the zucchini, cut into thick slices and put it in a blender. Add peeled raw almonds (7), basil leaves (8), and olive oil (9). Run the blender until the mixture is dense and creamy (10). Spread on the slices of toasted bread (11). Add shrimp (12).”

 

Storage: It is best to serve the tris of bruschette immediately. The zucchini pesto can be stored in a refrigerator in a sealed container for 2 days.

Tip: In order to have all three bruschetta ready and warm at the same time, I recommend that you prepare the eggplant and tomatoes, onions and sausage, and shrimp at the same time in different pans and keep them warm while to complete the rest of the recipe.

The variants for this starter are endless. The artichokes can replace eggplant; pumpkin or squash cubes can take the place of the tomatoes; another soft cheese for the burrata. Peppers can replace the onions; substitute chicken for the sausage. Use your imagination to discover which combination you would like the most.

Bruschetta

 

Eggplant, Burrata Cheese & Tomatoes

 


Onion & Italian Sausage

Shrimp & Zucchini



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