Antidotes from the Laboratory
CHEF’S DIARY: Testing … in preperation for Taste Project
Not only am I testing recipes for Taste Projects, but in true Recchiuti style, I am putting myself to the test as well. I’m pushing myself out of my usual comfort level in order to come up with innovative variations, methods, formulas, and techniques – with a special twist on a theme.
For example; I’ve been experimenting with “Burrata on a Stick,” an Italian cheese usually served fresh and at room temperature. The name “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian. The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual and soft texture. This recipe developed from my musings on traditional Caprese salad. The Caprese salad, is a simple combination of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil seasoned with salt and olive oil, was made to evoke the colors of the Italian flag (red, white, and green). My twist on this “salad” begins with the burrata being whipped (yup, even further than its original “buttering”) using a robot coupe. It is then piped into ice cube molds …
and Popsicle sticks inserted into the thick mixture …
I finish each cube with a thin coating of white chocolate before freezing it to set.
The burrata cubes are served with a basil caviar, oven roasted tomatoes, and a pipette of extra virgin olive oil.
The “Burrata on a Stick” is one of the many flourishes on old recipes that we plan on serving in the Taste Project series at theLab, which are starting in September. In the meantime, I’m on to experiment further with various styles and recipes to present to you, our enthusiastic and loyal Recchiuti fans. We may share more morsels on simmering themes and partnerships. Stay tuned…….
Our tickets are on sale now from our website for our Sutton Cellar and Recchiuti – wine themed Taste Project. Help us celebrate the return of the Taste Project the weekend of Friday September 12th and Saturday September 13th as we celebrate the re-opening of theLab. I hope to see you there!
Welcome to the Taste Project
Like many here in the Bay Area, we love entertaining, we enjoy the familial gathering to eat, drink and banter into the late evening … we enjoy the company of old friends and meeting new, share stories and delight in mutual experiences. The Taste Project is a place we’re creating to do just that and much more.
We’re reviving a place to commune in Dogpatch, where passion for food and art converge. From favorite foods like cheese or craft beer to bespoke themes such as glassblowing – all evolving around dining and conversation.