Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I was casting around for an interesting appetizer recently and stumbled across Ricki's Potato Bruschetta at Diet Dessert and Dogs. She had the spectacular idea to use sliced, roasted potatoes as a base for bruschetta instead of Italian or French bread, and topped hers with a delicious homemade pesto. Aha! I thought. I could do that!
As I had already given my basil plants a severe haircut, I needed to think up some other kinds of toppings. What I came up with was a serve-yourself buffet of several "crostini" type toppings... a garlic tomato dice, a spicy eggplant baba ghanoush, and an antipasto mix of salami and black olives. You could, of course, use any type of topping that you would normally find on a crostini. The potatoes are just the right size and strength to hold just about anything, and the savory crusted edges plus the creamy soft centers provide a wonderful foil for strong flavors.
For the potato base
Slice several large potatoes into 1/4" round slices. Toss with olive oil and salt, and roast in a single layer on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.
For the tomato topping
Quarter several cups of red and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes. Mix with minced garlic, fresh basil, salt and olive oil.
For the antipasto topping
Quarter a dozen slices of nitrite-free, casein-free salami (we use Applegate Farms). Display with cured black olives. (Yes, I know this isn't meat-free or unprocessed... but the other toppings are :) )
For the eggplant dip
Slice one eggplant lengthwise and brush both sides with olive oil. Roast on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil for about 30 minutes at 375 degrees F. (This can be done at the same time as the potatoes are roasting.) Scoop out cooked pulp into a blender and add 1/4 cup tahini, 3 Tbsp minced garlic, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 Tbsp cumin, and salt to taste. Blend until a paste forms.
Serve while the potatoes are still warm.
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