Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Burrata Platter #BBQWeek


This week, Ellen of Family Around the Table and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures have us sharing recipes for the grill. This is one of my favorite blogging weeks of the year! I love prepping food and handing it off to Jake to grill for me.



Grilled Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Burrata Platter
Along with my grilled sweet potatoes and grilled spiced octopus, I wanted to serve a Mediterranean-inspired platter. And burrata is always a family favorite!


In case you are unfamiliar, burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside is a mixture of mozzarella and cream. In Italian burrata means "buttered."


Ingredients
  • 1 pound organic, stem-on tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 5 large garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 organic globe eggplant, sliced into thick coins
  • olive oil, for brushing + more for grill
  • organic fresh basil leaves
  • 2 balls burrata cheese , room temperature and quartered

Procedure
Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for high heat cooking; a grill pan on the stove would also work.

Chop off the top and bottom of the eggplants and slice ½" rounds. Brush each coin generously with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When grill is ready, cook the eggplant until it's softened, approximately 5 minutes per side. If eggplant seems dry, brush on a little more oil while cooking. Remove from grill to a plate, tent loosely with foil, and set aside.

Grill the tomatoes until they just have a nice char on the cut side. Set aside.

Assemble dish by arranging the grilled eggplants and tomatoes on a platter. Nestle in chunks of burrata cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Add a few basil leaves for garnish.

Serve warm with crusty bread and a good red wine.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like it would be a hit at any party! Can't wait to try it.

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