Monday, August 20, 2007

Savory Peach and Mozzarella Fresca Bruschetta on Walnut Bread – Is this the best summer hors d’oeuvre ever?

Yes, maybe it is. You saw a quick “raw” version of this pictured in the Dolores Park picnic post a few days ago. This is the “gourmet” version served on toasted walnut bread and made even more delicious with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. In this video recipe you’ll see why I am nominating this for “best summer hors d’oeuvre ever.”

Here’s my case. You don’t have to turn on the oven. You get to use up those amazingly sweet, middle of summer peaches. Anything served on toasted walnut bread is great. The combination of the sweet fruit, the nutty, crisp bread, the creamy, tangy cheese; all brought together with a drizzle of olive oil and a light sprinkling of black pepper and flaky kosher salt is perfection. You just have to try it and then you can be the judge.

They are also very easy to eat in two quick bites, without making a mess, which makes them ideal for that summer patio party. Another advantage is that they can sit out for a while without deteriorating. Now, if you are turned off by the idea of putting salt and black pepper on peaches, you have to get over it. You are missing out on an incredible combination of flavors. Besides, this video recipe is just a warm up for the upcoming Watermelon and Feta salad. Enjoy!

fresh peaches (make sure you are buying “free-stone” peaches!)
mozzarella fresca
walnut bread
olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper


Anonymous said...

God, I can taste that right now. Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Yum. Just made a peach-tomato salsa for roast pork not too long ago and it was scrumptious.

This looks good, too. Definitely easy and I love the no cook feature in this awful heat. Nice!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic. I'm going to try this with some Arbequina olive oil. It's a variety grown in the north of Spain and has a beautiful fruity flavor that will go perfectly with this. If you've never tried it you should seek it out. Amazing.

Chef John said...

I shall try to find it. It sounds great. Thanks for the tip.

dandelion said...

Hi Chef,
Was that a sweet or savory walnut bread. It looked crusty. THX

Chef John said...

it was savory, not sweet at all. and very crusty! mmmmm

Unknown said...

Interesting... may try this sometime. I usually have roasted tomato and almonds over toasted baguette with olive oil and garlic.

Bruschetta - pronunciation: Bru-skeh-tah.

(Bekll from youtube)

Anonymous said...

I made these and you are right, lots of raves and compliments. They look nice and taste refreshing, and many at our party remarked, "I'm going to make some for my next party!" They were a big hit!!!

Scott said...

I know this is an old post but summer is quickly approaching... How come no Balsamic on this? Have enough sweet with the peach already?

Great stuff here!

Scott from Mountain View

Chef John said...

that would be great

Jesse from Detroit said...

Found a loaf of walnut bread in downtown Detroit! Now how many folks are willing to spend an hour driving for a loaf of bread? (In this country, that is...)

Chris said...

Can't seem to find savory walnut bread in town. 'Have a recipe perchance?

Anonymous said...

Have you ever used Burrata cheese for this recipe?

Chef John said...

lol, check out what I just posted!! :-)