Sunday, February 21, 2010
Radicchio, Prosciutto, Pears and Fresh Mozzarella with Balsamic Reduction
Rach, Elizabeth, and I visited Asheville last winter and we took a food tour where we got to visit lots of stores and restaurants and eat our way through downtown Asheville (http://www.ashevillefoodtours.com/). It was so much fun and we got a ton of food! My kind of tour.
One of the restaurants we visited did a demo where he showed us all the ingredients and how he cooked everything. So this was my attempt at recreating the best dish on the tour. I definitely don't have it down. Everything tasted good except for the radicchio which I thought was too bitter and I can't figure out what I did differently. Maybe Rach has a better memory and has some suggestions for how to fix it :) Also, on the tour they gave us this really amazing burrata mozzarella cheese but I can't find it here. I did however find an Italian market (ironically located right next to my gym) and they had really amazing fresh mozzarella. Here is my imprecise and made up recipe. I think next time I try it I might cook the radicchio longer because it is supposed to be less bitter when you cook it.
1 pear - sliced
1/3 head of radicchio- cut into strips
Prosciutto- chopped into small pieces
Reduce the balsamic to make a balsamic reduction. Just put it in a pan and simmer it over med heat. I added a little sugar (b/c I was cheap and bought the off brand balsamic). It takes a while to reduce it (like 20-40 mins) and you have to stir it almost constantly, otherwise it will burn on the bottom of the pan. I reduced mine about halfway and then let it cool and put it back in the balsamic bottle so I can use it on other things.
Heat Olive Oil in skillet over med-high heat
Add the radicchio and cook for about 2-3 mins
Then add prosciutto and pears. I just cooked for a while until it looked done.
When I plated it, I put a little more olive oil on it, and the balsamic vinegar.
Below is the picture we took from the food tour. As you can see, they are practically identical.