With summer just around the corner, I try to find recipes which are easy to make and can be enjoyed outside with friends. Our condo porch is rather small, but we do like to have friends over on the roof of our building. It’s nice to enjoy many evenings with a bottle of wine, some finger foods and great conversations.
This weeks Food Matters Project definitely gave me some more ideas! Laura, from Chef Laura at Home chose this weeks recipe from Mark Bittman’s The Food Matters Cookbook. She chose Bruschetta, Rethought- Mark Bittman provided some new ideas for bruschetta. This definitely allows us to be a little creative! Laura made a Simple Bruschetta, if you’d like to check out other ideas look at the comments here.
Many of us imagine a tomato salad on a piece of bread when we think of bruschetta (which is on the menu of every Italian restaurant in the US). Although that is one form of bruschetta, there is more to it than tomatoes. It is an Italian antipasto with a variety of toppings, such as: red pepper, tomato, vegetables, beans, cheese, cured meats or tomatoes. One of these tops a piece of bread which was rubbed with garlic and olive oil.
On Saturday, Sam and I played tennis in the early afternoon and sat on our roof snacking and enjoying Pimm’s. It was a wonderful afternoon- so relaxing! We did not grill our bread since it was fresh out of the oven (recipe will follow later this week!). This is a great meal to improvise to what you have on hand, or what you’re in the mood to make.
Inspired from: The Food Matters Cookbook (pg 175)
1 cup lima beans
3 tbsp pecorino cheese
1/2 cup lima bean cooking liquid
1 bunch of asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
In a small saucepan, cook lima beans until they are well done. Save some of the liquid while draining, and put them into a food processor. Add the pecorino cheese and liquid, puree.
Bring a small pot of water to a boil, then add the asparagus. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then drain and cool with cold water.
Mix the pureed lima beans, asparagus and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper, stir well to combine all of the ingredients together. Serve with some bread or crackers.
Inspired by: A Couple Cooks
2 tbsp butter
1/4 large onion, chopped finely
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp thyme, finely chopped
1 tbsp oregano, finely chopped
4 oz herbed goat cheese (ex: Vermont Creamery Herb Chèvre)
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
Allow 1 tbsp of butter to melt in a saucepan. Then add the onions, allow them to cook until translucent and slightly creamy. Then add the garlic, cook for about 3 minutes. Then add the mushrooms, 1 tbsp of butter, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook them until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Then add in the goat cheese, stir until the cheese is part of the sauce.
Feel free to dip some bread into the sauce, and top your bread piece with the mushrooms.