Roasted Red Pepper Burrata Crostini


Are you familiar with the coonhound Maddie? She stands on things. That’s all. She’s famous because she stands on things. But not just any things, but more like everything. She stands between two refrigerator doors, she stands on a basketball hoop (!!), she stands on the McDonald’s “M”, and sometimes she just sleeps…and looks totally adorable while doing so. I might be a little obsessed. Just a little.

I realized this yesterday when I was walking, talking and gushing to a friend all about Maddie…like I knew her. I’m totally emotionally invested in this creature I’ve never petted, seen or met in real life. The internet is SO WEIRD. So weird…and kewl.

I urge you to hop over to Maddie’s world and just stare at how awesome she is. And then come back because I have burrata which is–in my opinion–just as obsession-worthy as Maddie.

I loooove eating appetizers for a main meal.

These are a recreation of what I had the other day at my favorite LA coffee shop, Coffee Commissary. I literally changed nothing because the crostini was absolutely perfect.

I mean…there’s burrata. The end.

These crostinis are super easy, obvi, but there are a few steps like charring and then roasting the peppers. Super easy and it doesn’t take long. Then there’s the balsamic reduction, which just needs to heat up a bit to thicken. And the toasting of the pine nuts. So necessary. And the toasting of the bread. Double necessary.

The crunchy toasted bread acts is so lovely with the soft, rich burrata. And the roasted, slightly charred red peppers…whoa! I know pine nuts are expensive/annoying so I urge you to take a trip to Whole Foods where you can buy them in the bulk bin. You might spend $1 versus the usual $12 they are for a bag. This recipe is a good amount of little steps. But all so so worth it.

Roasted Red Pepper Burrata Crostini

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1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 loaf of French bread, sliced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
6 ounces burrata
1 bunch fresh Italian basil, sliced (a.k.a. chiffoned)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted in a pan for 1-2 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the red and yellow pepper on the grates of your gas stove. Turn the flame on medium, rotating the peppers every few 30 seconds or so, until the peppers are lightly charred. Carefully transfer the peppers to a cutting board, and using a knife, cut them into strips, discarding the membrane and stem. Place the pepper strips on a lined baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Transfer peppers to the oven for 15 minutes, until the strips are slightly soft.

2. Meanwhile, add the balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes, and until it begins to thicken. Take off the heat and transfer to a small bowl–it’ll thicken a bit more as it sits.

3. Heat a grill pan over high heat and brush it liberally with olive oil. (If you don’t have a grill pan, you can simply use a skillet–the bread will still toast.) When hot, add the bread and toast on each side for about 1 minute or so, pressing each side down onto the grill in order to achieve those pretty grill marks.

4. To assemble crostinis, rub each piece of bread vigorously with garlic, top with a teaspoon of burrata, add two pieces of bell pepper, a few slices of basil, a few toasted pine nuts and lastly, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction. Repeat until all of the crostinis are assembled. Serve right away, obvi.

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  • Reply Veronica September 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I live in LA as well and I was wondering where the best place is to get buratta. I’m having a little bit of trouble finding it here.

    • Reply Adrianna September 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Silverlake Cheese Store! They have a really good (and affordable) domestic burrata from El Monte, California. I forget the name but they should have it. If you live on the westside of town, I’d check with Beverly Hills Cheesestore. They probably have buratta too, though I bet for a steeper price. 🙂

  • Reply Just A Smidgen June 26, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I, too, love burrata and it was fun making a side-dish with it for my blog.. it’s slices of heaven, I think:) Love your photos! xo

  • Reply Paula @ Vintage Kitchen June 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Amazing crostini, nothing beats a good burrata! But I´m always looking for what nail polish color you´re wearing…lol

    • Reply Adrianna June 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Hahaha! Love that!

  • Reply Julia June 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    This crostini is toooootally obsession worthy, like, big time!

  • Reply Michelle June 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Those look to DIE for. Seriously.

  • Reply Just A Smidgen June 19, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Ahhhh… the lovely Burrata. I’d just discovered that one this month and roasted tiny tomatoes on the vine to go with. Love that cheese! My purveyor was out and I picked up something else lovely and new instead, so I’ll be blogging that one real soon. Love this variation, I plan to have some burrata in my kitchen real soon!

  • Reply Jenna June 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    do you use a grill or a grill pan?

  • Reply Rett June 19, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Uhh, what’s burrata? And why does it look so delicious? And am I a terrible for foodie for not knowing what it is?

    • Reply Jenna June 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      its a fresh italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream

      • Reply Jenna June 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        oh and do you do your burrata from scratch? if you do tips please…

  • Reply kale June 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Gorgeous!! The finished product looks like an abstract painting.

  • Reply Leila June 19, 2012 at 7:11 am

    omg I LOVE burrata.
    My mom called me recently and started telling me about how she was all ready to make caprese salad but found her mozzarella was bad because it was oozy in the middle so she was going to have to throw it out. I was like “MOM. WAIT. Taste it and be sure because I’m pretty sure you bought Burrata by accident!” haha She called me later to thank me and said it was the best thing she’d ever eaten 🙂

    These are beautiful!! Makes me want some asap!

  • Reply Jennie @themessybakerblog June 19, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Oh my gosh, these look absolutely amazing and so fresh.

  • Reply Jessica June 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Do you have any tips for roasting peppers without a gas stove, its a tragedy but my apartment doesn’t have one, would a grill work? what about just in the oven the whole time?

    thanks! also burrata=TO DIE FOR

    • Reply Adrianna June 18, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      Yes! I’d cut them into strips (along with deseeding and trimming the membrane off) and placing them on a baking sheet and roasting in the oven for 30 minutes. They won’t have that charred exterior, but they’ll still taste delicious!

  • Reply Suzanne Perazzini June 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I had never heard of burrata here in New Zealand but I googled it and now I feel jealous you have it and we don’t. I love crostini in all their forms and this one looks super delicious.

  • Reply Villy @ For the love of Feeding June 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Burrata is rocking my world. SO good. Those crostini look delicious!

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition June 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Looooove anything roasted, especially peppers!! I haven’t tried burrata either (like the person above) But not only that, I hadn’t even heard of it, so whenever you mentioned it, I kept reading it as “berreta”… like the gun… Woo, mondays….

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