Burrata Crostini with Honeyed Leeks and Basil

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TAGS: appetizers, baguette, basil, burrata, chicken broth, crostini, extra virgin olive oil, leeks, raw honey

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Meal

  1. Place an oven rack on second rung to the top and light  your broiler.
  2. Cut bread into ½ inch slices and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Place burrata on a plate and slice it into ¼ inch slices. (It will get messy. Not a problem!!) Sprinkle salt generously (about a ½ teaspoon) on the cheese.
  4. Cut basil into thin slices. (Place a few leaves on top of each other, roll them up into a little green “cigarette” and use a knife or scissors to cut them into thin slices.)
  5. Place a pan over medium high heat.
  6. Remove outer two layers of leeks. Rinse and dry them.
  7. Cut the white and light green part of leeks into ⅓ inch slices, and then cut those slices into quarters.
  8. Add a tablespoon of olive oil pan and then add the leeks. Stir.
  9. Let the leeks saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Careful not to let them burn.
  10. Add the chicken broth, sprinkle with a dash of salt (it will depend on how salty your broth is) and give about 20-30 grinds of the pepper mill.
  11. Continue to cook until all of the liquid has evaporated and the leeks are beginning to take on a golden color. Remove from heat.
  12. Add the honey and mix to stir well. Begin with a ½ teaspoon and if you like it sweeter add a bit more.
  13. Toast bread by setting it under the broiler for about a minute, until golden. Turn slices over and toast the other side. Be careful not to let bread burn.
  14. Spread a thin layer of the leeks on a piece of bread, top with a slice of burrata. Drizzle a little olive oil- optional. Garnish with 4-5 slices of basil. Continue with the rest of the bread. Serve immediately.

To make ahead of time:  prepare the leeks (steps 6-11) and bring the burrata to room temp before you begin to toast the bread and assemble the crostini.