The Perfect Summer Starter

Summer in Chicago is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more ready for it! Today I am sharing a go-to recipe that incorporates light summer flavors and is a great starter to nibble on while meats are sizzling on the grill. Serving this appetizer is the perfect choice for a warm night out on your patio. I like to pair it with a chilled glass of Sauvignon blanc.


Vine Roasted Burrata Bruschetta

adapted from Ina Garten’s Roasted Vine Tomatoes


  • 3 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • Burrata cheese
  • Baguette of choice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes still on the vines (plus any that fall off the vines) on a sheet pan. Rub or brush gently with olive oil and sprinkle generously with kosher salt, pepper, and garlic.

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are tender and a few start to split. Place burrata and tomatoes on a plate.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with basil. Serve with grilled toasts drizzled in olive oil.





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