Burrata With Romano Beans and Roasted Eggplant

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Burrata With Romano Beans and Roasted Eggplant

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Burrata With Romano Beans and Roasted Eggplant

Oct 14, 2016 | Fall, Recipes, Summer

Normally, since it is mid October, I would recommend a truly fall slanted recipe, but since we are nearing the end of green beans and eggplant, I thought I would share my favorite new recipe of the summer/early fall.  I made this for the first time a couple of months ago and it was a huge hit!  My husband is not a big cheese fan, he can mostly take it or leave it, but burrata, he will eat anyway and ask for more.  Side note: If you have never heard of or had burrata, it is a most beautiful marriage of fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheeses and is a show stopper.  Sadly ALG does not have a farmer that makes it (someone get on that,) but it can be picked up at Whole Foods and Fresh Market (it is a good deal less expensive at WF.)  We absolutely loved this dish and it would be the perfect thing to serve a vegetarian when you want to impress.  The recipe calls for a specific green bean, but no worries, any will do and the same goes for the eggplant.  My advice would be, order your veggies today and then run out and secure your burrata, so on Tuesday night you can marvel at what a genius recipe whisperer I am.  🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ pounds eggplant, diced in 1-inch pieces
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed for cooking beans
  • 8 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  •  cup extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
  • 6 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 pound Romano beans, trimmed
  • ¼ cup pitted and sliced kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • ¼ cup torn fresh mint
  • ¼ cup torn fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, more as needed
  •  Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, as needed
  •  Black pepper, as needed
  • 12 ounces burrata
  •  Crusty bread, toasted or grilled, for serving

Directions

  1. Put eggplant in a colander. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and let stand in the sink to drain for 20 to 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, make garlic oil: Place garlic cloves in a small pot and cover with 1/3 cup olive oil. Place over very low heat and cook gently until soft and pale golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Mash garlic with a fork, then strain the oil into a jar or little bowl, pressing hard on the solids. (Use the solids, known as garlic confit, as a spread for bread or keep to mix into vinaigrettes or marinades. It will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.)
  3. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Squeeze out as much excess liquid from eggplant as possible (or pat very dry). Toss eggplant with 1/3 cup olive oil and spread out on 1 or 2 rimmed baking sheets so the pieces aren’t touching. (This makes for the best browning.) Roast, tossing once or twice, until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer eggplant to a bowl and toss with tomatoes and 3 tablespoons garlic oil.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in Romano beans and cook until just tender, 3 to 6 minutes depending on their size and thickness. Drain well under cold running water. Cut into 1-inch pieces; add to bowl of eggplant.
  5. Toss olives, capers, mint, basil, vinegar and a little more garlic oil into salad. Season with flaky salt and pepper.
  6. Place cheese in the center of a serving platter and surround with salad. Drizzle with more garlic oil if you like, and sprinkle with more flaky sea salt. Serve with crusty bread.

Although burrata is inarguably the star of this stunning summery salad, roasted eggplant, cherry tomatoes and Romano beans add a brilliant mix of colors, textures and flavors to the creamy mozzarella. The eggplant is soft and rich; the tomatoes, juicy and sweet; and the Romano beans, which look like flat, broad green beans, add a nice crunch. Then, to season it all, the vegetables are tossed with a piquant mix of garlic oil, capers, olives and fresh herbs. Serve this as a light meal or a first course, with grilled or toasted country bread, perhaps smeared with a little of the garlic confit left over from making the garlic oil.