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Monday, August 4, 2014

Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad




I really enjoy entertaining, and the new townhouse we have now allows us to entertain often, even if just for a couple of people or an impromptu house guest. In July we had family and friends over to celebrate the engagement of my husband's cousin and his fiance, who were in the process of moving from New York to LA. I wanted to prepare dishes that were clean, cool and easy...if they could be made ahead of time, that was even better! I prepared many the day before, if not fully, as far as I could go, and will update this post as soon as I have them all entered. However, this one truly represents summer and the beauty of its simplicity. Enjoy!

Based on a recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Combine:

4 large tomatoes, cut into large pieces (1/4 or 1/6 of the tomato)
4 large peaches, cut into large pieces (1/4 or 1/6 of the peach)

on a platter. You don't want to mix them too harshly, so cut them one by one and lay them out as you cut them. I found it easy to cut a peach, then a tomato, then a peach, etc., then lay them out after cutting each one so they are distributed as evenly as possible on the platter. Next, rip up and place:

12 ounces burrata cheese, ripped into pieces

Again, you want it to be distributed evenly. Feel free to add more as long as it doesn't overwhelm the dish. Next, evenly sprinkle over:

1/4 cup fresh coarsely chopped basil

Lastly, drizzle some well-aged balsamic vinegar and sprinkle a very small amount of salt and coarsely ground black pepper on top. The original recipe called to create a balsamic reduction, but if you have a well-aged balsamic on hand, it will work just as well. Investing in an aged balsamic, since it can be very expensive, is definitely worth it. You won't use as much and get a thicker and sweeter taste, rather than the more bitter that comes with so many balsamic vinegar's.  The salt and black pepper just brings out the flavor of the elements in the dish. My husband has always recommend adding a sprinkle of salt and pepper on salads, and I agree that it only enhances the flavor.

ingredients:
4 large tomatoes, cut into large pieces (1/4 or 1/6 of the tomato)
4 large peaches, cut into large pieces (1/4 or 1/6 of the peach)
12 ounces burrata cheese, ripped into pieces
1/4 cup fresh coarsely chopped basil
Well-aged balsamic vinegar 
A sprinkle of salt and coarsely ground black pepper


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