Colorful Crostini

Colorful Crostini

Sexy appetizers for my Valentine’s Menu, the more choice, the better. Healthy Lentil and Zucchini Spread, Stunning Bresaola with Dijon Mayo and the best Beetroot Salad. Yummy and yummy - let me present you Colorful Crostini.

It is extremely easy to make them and the whole procedure is indeed very fast. Choose a beautiful ciabatta or bread of your liking, sprinkle with olive oil and roast until it gets beautiful golden. You can top it up with a brush of garlic, especially for the vegetable ones (Red Lentils and Beetroot). Let’s start and have some feast!

Red Lentil Curd

I am not going to lie, this one cannot get any healthier. It is smooth, juicy and full of fresh flavors - Red Lentil Curd. This is a perfect idea for a light dinner or even as a side dish to roasted meats. Total Time: 15 minutes

Shopping List

100g of red lentils, rinsed
1 small zucchini, washed, cleaned and grated
125g of curd
50g of plain yogurt (crème fraîche optional)
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 handful of fresh parsley, washed and finely chopped
A splash of lemon juice
Sea salt and ground black pepper
Crostini and garlic to serve with

Instructions

First heat up the lentils in a small deep pot on medium heat.
Next, baste with salted hot boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes until they soften. Taste.
Once they are ready, take them off the heat, rinse them and place into a small mixing bowl.

Stir in the zucchini, curd, yogurt and curry. Sprinkle with parsley and lemon.
Mix gently and taste. Season accordingly with sea salt and pepper. Refrigerate until serving or serve immediately with roasted bread brushed with some garlic and a glass of dry white wine.

Makes 1 small mixing bowl.

My favourite Bresaola

Ever since I travel in Italy, Bresaola has been my winner. It is perfect with any kind of salad or just like that. You can substitute it with a quality beef ham. The combination of pickles and Dijon mayo underlines the taste of any delicacy.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Shopping List

1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons good quality mayonnaise
Few slices of Bresaola
1 sour sweet pickle

Crostini to serve with

Instructions

In a small mixing bowl place mustard and mayo. Mix until smooth texture and taste.
Layer your crostini: 1 gentle spoon of Dijon mayo, a piece of Bresaola and slice of pickle. Done.

Makes 4 crostini.

Lovely Beetroot Salad

Another easy snack from my favourite Czech author Halina Pawlowska. I make this salad so often that it is certainly worth to try. The combination of beetroot, horseradish and all the flavours is just so refreshing and tasty. I also enjoy the use of honey instead of sugar, it gives slightly a different taste.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Shopping List

500g of pre-cooked beetroot, grated in two ways
2 tablespoons of horseradish (depending how strong it is)
2 tablespoons of crème fraîche
1 teaspoon of good quality mayonnaise
A splash of olive oil
2 teaspoons of good quality honey
A splash of vinegar
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Crostini and garlic to serve with

Instructions

In a medium mixing bowl place grated beetroot. Grate it in a two ways by using two different cutters (fine and medium one).
Add all the rest ingredients (horseradish, crème fraîche, mayo, oil, honey, vinegar) and season well with sea salt and pepper. Refrigerate for a bit until serving.

Makes 4 serves.

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