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Recipe: Grilled Brie with Tomatoes and Basil

Recipe: Grilled Brie with Tomatoes and Basil

Ingredients

2 wedges brie cheese, or 1 large round
1 pt grape tomatoes, quartered or 1 pound ripe tomatoes diced
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
¾ tsp salt and more to taste
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup chopped basil ribbons, chiffonade
1 loaf sliced rustic baguette or pita chips
balsamic glaze and shaved parmesan for topping

Directions

Tomato Basil Salad

Combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, salt pepper and basil in a large bowl.

Grilled Brie

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet or griddle with foil (this makes for an easier clean up.) Place the brie in the center of the skillet. Grill over a campfire or hot grill for 15-20 minutes or until the brie softens and bubbles.

Baked Brie

This is easy to make in your kitchen too! Simply preheat oven to 375˚F with the rack in the middle.

Line a 10 inch cast iron skillet or griddle with foil (this makes for an easier clean up.) Place the brie in the center of the skillet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the brie softens and bubbles.

Serving

Top the melted brie with the tomato basil mixture. Top with a drizzle of balsamic glaze and shaved parmesan. Serve with baguette.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quick Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Recipe: Quick Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1 ½ lbs ripe tomatoes
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp sugar
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ lb whole wheat spaghetti
¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for topping
freshly grated parmesan for serving

Directions

While the pasta is cooking. Roughly chop 2/3 of the tomatoes. Over a large bowl, grate the rest of the tomatoes using the large holes of a box grater.

Combine the chopped and grated tomatoes, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, sugar, garlic and pepper in the large bowl. Let rest 10 minutes for the flavors to combine.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Immediately place the pasta back into the pasta pot.

Add the tomato sauce into the pasta with the 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid. Cook over medium heat until hot and the cooking liquid is absorbed. Mix in the 1/4 cup chopped basil during the last minute.

Serve immediately with more basil and parmesan cheese.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

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Recipe: BLAT Tacos (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado)

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Easy Tomato Basil Flatbread Pizzas

Make the most of summers freshest bounty with these easy & delicious flatbread pizzas!

2 servings

2 pieces whole wheat naan bread
1 cup Ciliegine mozzarella, drained
2 plum tomatoes, sliced thin
1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and roughly chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
1 shallot, sliced into thin rings
extra virgin olive oil
a few sprigs fresh basil

Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees with the rack in the middle.
Rub some olive oil onto a baking sheet.
Drizzle some olive oil onto each flatbread.
Divide ingredients and top each flatbread with: mozzarella, tomatoes, artichokes, olives and shallot rings. Drizzle some more olive oil over the top.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Broil for 2-3 minutes until flatbread and cheese starts to brown.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: BLAT Tacos (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado)

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~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Pesto, Mozzarella and Tomato Panini

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Directions

~ Marla Meridith