Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole

Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole
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About This Recipe

In the lush, vibrant culinary landscape of Napa Valley, a dish like Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole stands out for its simplicity and depth of flavor. This dish is a beautiful blend of textures and tastes, reflecting the region's penchant for combining fresh, local ingredients in creative and delicious ways.

The preparation begins with crisp, thick-cut bacon, fried to perfection, its smoky richness setting the stage. In the same skillet, thinly sliced shallots are caramelized, transforming into sweet, tender morsels that bring a depth of flavor to the dish. These elements, paired with the creamy, delicate burrata cheese, create a delightful contrast of textures.

The escarole, with its slightly bitter edge, is marinated in a simple yet flavorful dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. This not only softens the greens but also adds a sweet and tangy note, balancing the richness of the bacon and cheese.

Assembling the dish is a joy in itself. On a serving platter, the marinated escarole forms a verdant bed, atop which the burrata is nestled. The crumbled bacon and caramelized shallots are then sprinkled over, creating a dish that is as visually appealing as it is delicious.

Pairing this dish with the right wine elevates it to a true Napa Valley experience. A glass of Rombauer Vineyards Chardonnay, an excellent representation of Napa Valley Chardonnay, with its creamy texture and subtle oak notes, complements the richness of the burrata and the smoky bacon beautifully.

Alternatively, for those who prefer a white wine with more crispness, a Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, a stellar example of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, would be an excellent choice. Its bright acidity and citrus notes provide a refreshing counterpoint to the dish, cutting through the richness and enhancing the overall flavor profile.

In terms of incorporating this dish into a broader menu, it works wonderfully as a starter or a light main course. It can be paired with a simple pasta dish or a grilled vegetable salad for a more substantial meal. The key is to keep the accompanying dishes light and fresh, allowing the Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole to shine as the star of the meal.

Serving Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole is not just about offering a delightful dish; it's about bringing a piece of Napa Valley's culinary artistry to the table. Paired with a glass of fine wine, this dish becomes an embodiment of the region's love for food that is both simple and sophisticated, making it a perfect choice for any occasion that calls for a touch of gourmet elegance.

Hero Ingredient Spotlight: Burrata Cheese

Burrata, the star of our Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole recipe, is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. In this dish, burrata's creamy and rich flavor perfectly balances the smokiness of the bacon and the tanginess of the marinated escarole, making it a beloved ingredient in Napa Valley's culinary scene for its versatility and luxurious mouthfeel.

How to Caramelize Shallots Perfectly

  1. Slice Shallots Thinly: Uniformly thin slices ensure even caramelization.
  2. Low and Slow Cooking: Cook the shallots over low heat to avoid burning. This method brings out their natural sweetness.
  3. Stir Frequently: Regular stirring prevents the shallots from sticking to the pan and burning.
  4. Watch for Color Changes: The shallots are done when they turn a deep golden brown, which indicates they are fully caramelized and sweet.

FAQs

  1. Can I substitute burrata with another cheese? Yes, fresh mozzarella or ricotta can be used as alternatives, though the texture and flavor will be different.
  2. What other greens can I use instead of escarole? Arugula or spinach are good substitutes, offering a similar peppery bite.
  3. How do I store leftovers? Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and consume within 1-2 days for best quality.
  4. Is this dish gluten-free? Yes, this dish is naturally gluten-free. However, check the bacon packaging to ensure it's not processed with gluten-containing ingredients.
  5. Can I prepare any part of this dish ahead of time? The caramelized shallots can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Tips for Success

  1. Quality Ingredients Matter: Use the freshest burrata and high-quality bacon for the best flavors.
  2. Don't Overdress the Escarole: Lightly coat the escarole in the marinade to avoid wilting or overpowering its flavor.
  3. Serve Immediately: Assemble the dish right before serving to maintain the freshness and texture of the ingredients.

By focusing on the hero ingredient, mastering the caramelization technique, addressing common questions, and following these tips, you’re set to create a Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole dish that is both simple and sophisticated, embodying the essence of Napa Valley's gourmet cuisine.

Recipe Overview

Recipe:
Burrata & Bacon with Marinated Escarole
Author:
Lily Anderson
Season:
Spring
Yield:
4 servings
Calories Per Serving:
350
Prep Time:
PT15M
Cook Time:
PT10M
Total Time:
PT25M

Ingredients List

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz burrata cheese
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 head of escarole, leaves separated and cleaned
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Cook the Bacon: In a skillet, cook the bacon until crispy. Set aside on paper towels to drain.
  2. Caramelize Shallots: In the same skillet, add sliced shallots with a pinch of salt. Cook over low heat until caramelized.
  3. Marinate Escarole: In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Toss the escarole leaves in the marinade.
  4. Assemble the Dish: Arrange the marinated escarole on a serving platter. Place burrata cheese in the center. Crumble the cooked bacon and scatter over the top along with caramelized shallots.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately, allowing guests to spoon the burrata and toppings onto their plates.

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