CROSTINI WITH BURRATA STRAWBERRIES AND VINCOTTO

FURECIPES

Crostini with burrata, strawberries, and vincotto is a delicious and elegant appetizer that combines the creamy texture of burrata cheese with the sweet and slightly tart flavor of strawberries, all enhanced by the rich, sweet, and slightly acidic taste of vincotto. Vincotto is a traditional Italian condiment made from slow-cooked grape must, which adds a depth of flavor that beautifully ties together the cheese and fruit. Here's a simple recipe you can follow to create this delightful dish:

Ingredients:

– Baguette, sliced and toasted – Burrata cheese – Fresh strawberries, sliced – Vincotto – Fresh basil leaves for garnish – Olive oil – Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Prepare the Crostini:

– Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). – Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch thick       rounds, place them on a baking sheet, and brush each slice lightly with       olive oil. – Toast in the oven until golden and crisp,       about 10-15 minutes. Remove and let cool.

 Assemble the Crostini:

– On each crostini, place a generous slice or       spoonful of burrata cheese. – Add a few slices of fresh strawberries on top       of the burrata.

 Drizzle and Serve:

– Drizzle each crostini with vincotto. Aim for       a light coating, as vincotto is quite flavorful. – Season with a pinch of salt and freshly       ground black pepper. – Garnish with fresh basil leaves.

Optional Enhancements:

– For an extra dimension of flavor, you can       also add a drizzle of high-quality olive oil over the top. – If you like, a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar       reduction can be used in addition to or in place of vincotto for a       different taste profile.

Tips:

– Burrata cheese is best served at room      temperature, so take it out of the refrigerator about 15 minutes before      you plan to use it. – Vincotto can be found in specialty food stores      or Italian markets, but if you cannot find it, a balsamic reduction makes      a good substitute. – The key to great crostini is the balance of      flavors and textures, so try to get a good ratio of burrata, strawberries,      and vincotto on each piece of bread.

This appetizer is perfect for spring and summer gatherings, offering a refreshing and sophisticated flavor combination that is sure to impress your guests. Enjoy!