Chef Brian Alberg
Red Lion Inn, www.redlioninn.com, Stockbridge, MA
- 12 slices of ripe tomato
- ½ of a red onion, thinly sliced
- ½ tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ cup fresh basil, torn into small bits
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 half pound mesclun greens, washed and dried
- Ingredients for the Crostini:
- 6 slices of French bread, sliced diagonally
- Olive oil
- 6 Tbsp goat cheese with chives, softened
Mix the oil and vinegar together (remember to reserve a small amount for the final step).
In a glass dish, layer half the tomato slices, salt, pepper and basil along the bottom. Spoon half of the oil and vinegar mixture over the tomatoes and basil. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Spoon 1 tsp of cheese on each slice and bake until bread starts to toast, about 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and set aside.
To serve, place two slices of tomato on each plate. Place the greens in a mixing bowl and toss with the remaining oil and vinegar. Place greens over the tomatoes to form a little tower. Lean a single, warm crostini into the tower of greens. Serves 6.
Recommended wine/beer for Balsamic Macerated Tomatoes & Goat Cheese Crostini over Field Greens:
Kunde Chardonnay NU [Sonoma Valley, California, USA]
Chef Alberg of the Red Lion Inn has presented some delicious recipes that we get to enjoy. Now what to drink for our accompaniment? For the appetizer of mesclun greens, and ripe tomatoes accented with balsamic vinegar, we're presented with both ripe flavors - and lots of acidity, so the ideal wine will be best served by both qualities as well. In this case, I present the Kunde Nu Chardonnay. It is un-oaked Chardonnay grown on the Kunde Estate of 700 acres of vineyards in Sonoma. The winery is extremely proud of having achieved a second-level green Business Program Certification, the highest level available, and they have been a leader in Sonoma farming the right way.
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