As strange as it might seem, the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s the one holiday that I can have a ton of fun without the stress of purchasing the perfect present by a certain date in December; or I can just light the grill and make a fun day out of whatever happens to hit the hot coals for lunch without having to stuff a turkey, or spend all day making ten different pies in order to satisfy every guest at the table.
Fourth of July is casual. It’s beer and bbq. It’s cold adult beverages consumed around the grill while we arm-chair quarterback the grill master as we snack on fun nib-ly bits.
Here’s one of the fun nib-ly bits that we are having at our bbq this year – one of my favorite food groups – food on toast. This one is a combination of creamy burrata cheese, fresh garden basil and sweet summer peaches – all stacked up, sprinkled with a bit of crunchy salt and pepper and drizzled with the very best olive oil that you can find.
It’s quick and easy and goes well with both cold beer and icy adult beverages – just in case you were wondering.
peaches, burrata and basil
2 ripe peaches, washed and cut into slices
1 ball of burrata, sliced thinly
fresh basil leaves
crusty bread, thinly sliced
extra virgin olive oil
Toast bread and set aside. Once the bread has cooled, drizzle a bit of olive oil over the bread and top with a few basil leaves. Add slices of the burrata over the basil and top with slices of fresh peaches. Sprinkle a bit of salt and black pepper over the peaches and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top of everything. Serve immediately.