I love summer, especially summer entertaining. Almost every weekend, we're fortunate to have a function, a BBQ, a party, a reason to celebrate. Whether you're hosting or attending, finding perfect snacks or munchies is imperative.
Here's the thing -- it doesn't have to be difficult to make a stellar amuse bouche. Fun fact -- one of my all time favourite dips is plain ol' mascarpone cheese drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Easy and oh, so yummy.
Sardo Foods was kind enough to send me two of their new products -- an Olive Bruschetta and a Sundried Tomato Tapenade. The olive bruschetta is a muffaletta of sorts -- chunky bits of olive and veg marinated in oil. It's a bit salty and packs quite the punch of flavour while the sundried tomato tapenade is a full hit of sweet and smoky tomato flavour. I'm not a huge fan of sundried tomato in general, but if you are, this one is an accurate representation. There are no weird spices or aftertastes and the spread is smooth and thick.
These spreads are really easy to use to jazz up an entree, enjoy as a snack or complement a party dish. I've tried them all different ways:
Perfect for Parties: pair the tapenade and the bruschetta with fresh mozzarella and crostini. Easy to serve and easy to eat. And clean up was a breeze, because, well, there was nothing left. This appetizer worked really well with both the olive bruschetta and the sundried tomato tapenade.
Jazz Up an Entree: I love summer grilling and roasting, but sometimes, you just need a little something to spruce up your dish. Here I have a simple chicken leg dinner, pretty standard, with a sweet potato and some wilted spinach. The olive tapenade made an excellent pairing -- a little salty, a flavourful oil and voila. (Plus, there is much less sugar than using a sweet dipping sauce!)
You could also toss the sundried tomato tapenade with a simple fettuccini, or eat it my favourite way-- on fresh baguette.
Sardo Foods products are manufactured locally and available at most grocery stores.