Sweet & Salty Nectarine Salad

Taking advantage of fresh produce is what usually drives our cooking menu week to week.  With nectarines at their peak not long ago I made a delicious salad with the perfect combination to balance those sweet, soft and buttery nectarines.  It doesn’t get easier than four ingredients that make you look like a rockstar chef.

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SWEET & SALTY NECTARINE SALAD

Ingredients

  • 4 Ripe Nectarines
  • 8 Slices Prosciutto
  • 8 Ounces Blue Cheese
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  • Wash, pit and slice nectarines.  Arrange one nectarine’s-worth of slices per plate in a pinwheel.
  • Tear two slices of prosciutto into 3 pieces each and arrange in small “piles” around each plate.
  • Crumble 2 ounces of blue cheese over each plate.
  • Drizzle with a quality balsamic vinegar and serve immediately.

I said it was easy!  Any ripe stone fruit will work well in this recipe – try it with peaches or plums.  I used a blue cheese this time that was little harder than I would recommend, creamier would be better.  Want to vary the texture, try a few toasted walnuts or pistachios as a topper.  Dig in!

Flatbread With Prosciutto, Cremini Mushrooms & Fontina

Let’s face it, we all hit our days when we’re tired and say “let’s just order a pizza”.  And I’m sure I’ve spent an uncomfortable amount of money with the likes of Jet’s, Papa John’s and the rest.  It’s awfully easy though to keep frozen dough or pre-made crusts at home and make your own without a ton of effort either.

This flatbread pizza was made with a crust we bought at our local farmers market from White Oak Valley Farm.  Using fresh summer squash and zucchini mixed with flour, eggs, mozzarella, garlic and herbs, they sell these fantastic pre-baked crusts that are perfect for light summer pizzas.  It’s not thick or heavy and won’t stand up to a ton of toppings, but it worked great here.  Give this recipe a try with naan bread, traditional crust or something to your liking.

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FLATBREAD WITH PROSCIUTTO, CREMINI MUSHROOMS & FONTINA

Ingredients

  • 1 12″ Pizza Crust or Flatbread
  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  • 4 Thin Slices Prosciutto
  • 4 Cremini Mushrooms, Sliced Thinly
  • 3/4 Cup Freshly Grated Fontina Cheese
  • 6-7 Basil Leaves, Sliced or Torn

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place pizza crust on baking stone or cooking sheet.
  • Mix olive oil and garlic and brush over entire pizza crust.  Our crust is seasoned already, but I would salt and pepper here if mine was not.
  • Arrange mushrooms on pizza and then sprinkle cheese over entire pie.
  • Tear prosciutto piece in half and drop on pizza in small “piles”.  I baked the pizza with it on there, but I think it would actually be better to either put it on after baking or to crisp it in the oven and then sprinkle crumbles on the pizza for baking.
  • Bake in oven according to pizza crust directions.  Ours was only 15 minutes due to the thin crust.
  • Remove from oven and top with basil.

The crust and the technique may be different, but the recipe here is the combination of ingredients and the light topping vs. a heavy and greasy delivery pizza.  Let me know if you try this and what other combinations you come up with!