Bruschetta With Burrata, Brussels Sprouts, & Pancetta


It has been a long winter, though reasonably mild, so I should not complain, I am really looking forward to spring. Over the holidays I was so busy cooking for family, that I never had the time to stop and take any photos. I made several new appetizers and snacks for my family that received rave reviews, including this flavorful bruschetta. I am a huge fan of bruschetta as it is always an easy, quick to assemble snack or appetizer. If I want to make an ordinary mid-week meal more memorable, I will often add an easy appetizer to the menu. Bruschetta is also an easy treat to offer unexpected guests who stop by for a glass of wine or to serve to a large group at a get-together.

You can top bruschetta with an unlimited number of toppings from a simple drizzle of amazing extra virgin olive oil, to a multi-ingredient topping such as this one. I assembled this appetizer after having some leftover roasted Brussels sprouts from dinner the night before, and some creamy burrata cheese in my refrigerator. Our local grocery store has a large selection of delicious Italian cheese, including a readily available selection of buffalo mozzarella and burrata. Instead of the burrata, if not available in your area, you could use a quality fresh mozzarella or even creamy goat cheese. After topping my toasted bread slices with sliced burrata, then slices of Brussels sprouts, I finished the bruschetta with some chopped hazelnuts, some chopped black peppers and a drizzle of chestnut honey. This is a full-flavored, uniquely flavored bruschetta that everyone enjoys.

Buon Appetito!
Deborah Mele

Bruschetta With Burrata, Brussels Sprouts, & Pancetta

Bruschetta With Burrata, Brussels Sprouts, & Pancetta

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A uniquely flavored bruschetta to serve as a snack or appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Crusty Baguette, Sliced Into 3/4-inch Slices (You'll Need 8 Slices)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Balls Burrata Cheese At Room Temperature
  • 3 Cups Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Thinly Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Diced Pancetta, Cooked
  • 1/4 Cup Coarsely Chopped Hazelnuts
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Chestnut or Flavored Honey

Instructions

    1. Preheat the broiler, and lay the baguette slices flat onto a baking sheet.
    2. Broil until lightly browned, then turn over and brown the other side.
    3. Brush the bread slices with olive oil.
    4. Tear the burrata into pieces, and cover the slices with the burrata.
    5. Scatter the Brussels sprouts, pancetta, and hazelnuts over the cheese.
    6. Drizzle the slices with the honey and cracked pepper, then serve & enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 629Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 1000mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 18g