Previously in this column you learned how to make arugula pesto. Due to technical difficulties, the information on “buying it local” was omitted.
Here’s that information, as well as a quick and easy bruschetta using that homemade arugula pesto!
- Arugula pesto
- french bread, sliced
- extra virgin olive oil
- ricotta cheese
- fresh mozzarella cheese slices
- roma tomato, sliced
- basil leaves
- Just before serving, brush sliced bread (cut on the bias makes it pretty and also gives you more surface area to work with) with EVOO and grill on both sides.
- Spread with a thin layer of ricotta cheese, then a thin layer of the arugula pesto.
- Top with a slice of mozzarella, roma tomato, and fresh basil (either whole leaves, or chiffonade (thin strips).
Buy it Local:
Susan’s Tip: You’ll find extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) widely available at all markets. But try expanding your comfort zone and reach for something different next time you shop. Although our staple is the Kirkland EVOO (Costco product), we’ve been trying different Trader Joe’s oils. We loved their Kalamata EVOO and are currently enjoying a Spanish EVOO that, according to the label, has “hints of almond, slightly bitter, sweet and spicy.” We agree!
Trader Joe’s and Nugget carry lots of breads to chose from. They’re a good source for your other ingredients, as well. Although Susan and Rolly prefer to use “real” Parmigiano-Reggiano, it’s not always in the budget. They’ve enjoyed an Australian Parmesan on those days, available at Trader Joe’s. Try several cheeses from different countries to find one you enjoy and can afford on a daily basis!
- Here’s a list of Trader Joe’s locations in and around Sacramento.
- Here’s a list of Trader Joe’s Olive Oils
- Here’s a list of Nugget locations in and around Sacramento.
In season, check your local Farmer’s Market for arugula and tomatoes. Some markets will carry specialty cheeses as well as locally baked breads!
- Here’s a list of certified Farmer’s Markets in and around Sacramento.
Susan is a native Californian who is happiest in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. Rolly, her husband of over 40 years, often joins her. Although their methods and culinary styles are widely different, they always manage to cook up something interesting and there’s usually a story to tell about the process.
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