For most of the year, I avoid wearing the color red. It simply doesn't look great with my coloring. However, around the Fourth of July is when I make an exception, I like to wear red, white, and blue — just as I like to cook dishes in these all-American colors. With its creamy white cheese and deep ruby berries, this easy appetizer would be a welcome addition to any festive spread for the Fourth. It's a super quick snack that's absolutely scrumptious. Be sure to grill extra bread, I was a couple slices short and hated to see the last of the gooey cheese and fresh relish go to waste. If you like brie, this recipe is a must make. Learn the simple method.
When I ran across a photo of a burrata and honey bruschetta, I just had to have it! At the time, I had never heard of burrata cheese, which is similar to a soft mozzarella with a super creamy center. Now, I see it on menus everywhere — from pizzas to appetizers. It has a mild flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet honey and citrus-infused olive oil. And don't forget the bread! I used a chewy and crunchy baguette from Trader Joe's, and it made a world of difference. If you want the cheese melted, either top the slices with it while still on the grill, or put the finished crostinis in a warm oven. Be sure to make enough, because it's addicting!
Her seasonal snack idea, after the jump.
Now that the weather has turned warm, and it's officially grilling season, there is one dish that is permanently on my menus: grilled bread. It's easy, delicious, and tastes so much better than regular crostini. Cooking the bread on the grill imparts a wonderful smokiness, a delectable char, and an addictive crunch.
The bread can be served on its own as an accompaniment to meat or vegetables. Or turn it into bruschetta and serve as an appetizer. Rub with garlic and top with tomatoes and basil; slather with pureed white beans; or top with goat cheese and roasted strawberries. The topping variations for grilled bread are endless, so get creative! To look at my easy recipe, read more