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Bluefish is a very oily, delicious fish but it sometimes is challenging to cook because it is so strongly flavored. My favorite is smoked bluefish, but until we have a smoker (and a backyard to put it in), I have to find other ways to make it. These crostini are excellent and the pickled salad on top really cuts through the richness.

Olive Oil Poached Bluefish Crostini

1 8-ounce fillet of bluefish, skinned and cut into 1″ pieces

6-8 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (or enough to cover the fish)

4 cloves garlic

1 sprig rosemary

3 tablespoons chopped gherkins, pickled onions, and/or pickles (homemade or store-bought)

1/2 cup baby greens of your choice

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

red pepper flakes (optional)

lemon wedges

6 baguette slices, toasted (or as much as needed for your fish)

Choose a baking dish that just holds the fish in a single layer. Add the garlic and rosemary to the dish and cover everything with olive oil. (As long as you use a small dish, it shouldn’t take too much olive oil. Leftover oil is great just drizzled on crusty bread).

Bake the fish at 350 degrees for 15 minutes covered with foil. Meanwhile, combine the pickles, greens, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a bowl and stir to combine. It will come together while the fish cooks.

Place some fish on each baguette slice and drizzle with some of the olive oil. Top with some of the pickled salad and squirt with a lemon wedge.

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Pictures are always a little more difficult on the road, but I tried my best given the lighting….here are the cooking adventures. Puglia is the home of burrata, so of course I had to make some burrata and tomato crostini. I also did some mozzarella and tomato crostini because these little bocconcini were so delicious. Both had local olive oil and salt on top, and they were absolutely amazing.

I saw some really beautiful zucchini with the blossoms still attached at the little supermarket, so I combined those with some fresh langoustines from the fish guy and some onion and fettuccine.

And of course, Puglia is known for orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. So I had to have some while there, along with some artichokes (which were not a great success because I couldn’t get them to cook through after being on the stove for an hour and a half!). For the orecchiette recipe, stay tuned because I have my official version later this week!

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Roasted garlic is so easy and useful in many ways. It can be spread on bread to make a simple crostini, or it can be an ingredient in pizzas, pastas, chicken, vegetables– the list is endless. It makes the garlic taste sweeter and more flavorful, and removes the bitter bite garlic can sometimes have.

Roasted Garlic Crostini

1 head of garlic, sliced horizontally

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 sprig rosemary (optional)

Combine the ingredients in some foil and wrap into a pouch. Roast at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, until the garlic is soft. Squeeze it out and spread on toasted bread or add to your favorite recipes!

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I love mushrooms. Except for shitakes and button mushrooms. More often than not, I pair them with marsala and thyme or rosemary. They just go so well together and give everything a nice meaty, earthy flavor.

Occasionally I treat myself to some beautiful varieties at the farmers market, and this week I got some hen of the woods, oyster, and crimini mushrooms. Since I’m trying to keep from eating pasta this week, which would be my natural go-to with such lovely mushrooms, I decided to make some crostini. The bread was from the bread-making class I took at Le Pain Quotidien last week, and it was airy and delicious. A perfect little appetizer.

Wild Mushroom Crostini

1 pound assorted mushrooms

1 shallot, sliced thinly

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1/2 cup sherry or marsala wine

1 tablespoon minced rosemary

baguette slices (toasted or untoasted, your choice)

extra virgin olive oil or truffle oil for drizzling

Saute the shallot in a little olive oil for a few minutes until softened and add the mushrooms. Allow them to caramelize and develop some color before moving them. Once they are cooked through, add the garlic, rosemary, and marsala. Let the liquid cook off and them spoon over baguette slices. Drizzle with olive oil or truffle oil and enjoy!

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This dish is essentially the same as marinated fresh anchovies, so you can use whatever is available. Your fishmonger will most likely fillet them for you, but I did mine myself and it wasn’t that difficult — and I used the scraps for fish stock. They are nice and tangy and make a delicious start to a very rich meal.

Marinated Sardines

4 fresh sardines, filleted

1 cup white wine vinegar

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

chili flakes

1 teaspoon parsley, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

8 crostini or toasts

Place the fillets in a baking dish and cover with vinegar. Let sit in the fridge for 4 hours. Drain the vinegar and add the olive oil, chili flakes, parsley, and garlic. Refrigerate for another 2 hours or more. Serve on toasts with a sprinkle of sea salt and a squirt of lemon over the top.

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Usually when we have people over, I try to make things that don’t require silverware because that means a lot less cleanup for me. I wanted to have this salad at the party, but what to do so I don’t need to put out silverware? This is the appetizer version of my shaved asparagus salad, just put the dressed salad on toasted crostini and eat! I think it actually works better if you dress it an hour or two ahead of time to soften up the asparagus so you can drape it over the crostini.

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Well, this is really more assembling than cooking, but it’s fantastic. I had this for the first time in San Sebastian, Spain, the home of tapas (or pintxos). The key is the right balance between the goat cheese and the strawberry. It’s also dependent on the quality of your strawberries, so fresh, summer strawberries are perfect. You can toast the bread with some olive oil or just use it fresh.

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tapas

Baguette, sliced into crostini

6 ounces cana de cabra or bucheron goat cheese, room temperature

5 strawberries, sliced

Spread the goat cheese on the bread slices and top with strawberry slices. You can also toast the crostini with some olive oil or warm once you’ve topped with the goat cheese for a slight variation.

 

 

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