Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Déjeuner du Jardin
I just couldn't resist sharing with you a light lunch that packs a punch. So simple yet extremely satisfying at the same time. You'll need just a few fresh ingredients from your garden or market and a nice loaf of crusty country bread.
This time I used an "old style" baguette from C'est La Vie in Sarasota. If you stop in there ask for the baguette ancient style, you'll be in for a real treat!
Sandwiches from the Garden:
Ingredients for 4:
1 large ripe or two small ripe avocados
1 basket cherry tomatoes
8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
12 large fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup (approximate) extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons (approximate) balsamic or vinegar of your choice
Salt and pepper to taste
Slice baguette in half lengthwise and toast under broiler (cut side only)
Slice avocado in half, make slices going in both directions and scoop out with a spoon
Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to avocado
Cut mozzarella into small chunks and add to avocados and tomatoes
Stack basil leaves together, roll and thinly slice
Rub toasted bread lightly with garlic clove and drizzle with olive oil
Add remaining olive oil and vinegar to avocado mixture
Mix gently and season with salt and pepper
Slice bread into 4 inch pieces
Top with tomato/avocado mixture
Serve with extra topping in a bowl on the side.
An ice cold glass of prosecco is the perfect drink to go with these garden sandwiches; especially if you are lucky enough to have a dining area in your own garden!