Mangia, Amore: Renaissance Crostini
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In under 2 minutes, Italian chef Riccardo Costa, born and raised in Bologna, Italy, shows how to prepare delicious Renaissance-style crostini with a creamy bacon sauce, from his cookbook VECCHIA CUCINA, available now on Amazon.com.
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MANGIA, AMORE with RICCARDO COSTA
Hi, I’m Riccardo Costa.
Today I’m going to show you how to make an excellent appetizer, Renaissance Crostini.
First of all, you need: Italian bread, sugar, flour, black pepper, raisins, a cup of water, bacon, butter and white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar).
Soak the raisins in the water, then add two tablespoons of vinegar. Then let it soak for about 20 minutes.
We need to cut our bacon in small strips or squares.
We cut our bread in slices half an inch thick, then toast it in the oven for five minutes.
Now we put the butter in a pan, add sugar and half of the water and vinegar mixture, and [put it] on at medium-low heat. Make sure it melts nicely, but it doesn’t caramelize.
Now add flour, bacon and finally the rest of the (water/vinegar) mixture and raisins. Stir this until it becomes nice, dense and creamy.
Now we’ve taken our toasts out of the oven.
And as a last touch, add the pepper (to the mixture), and keep stirring. Let it cool off for 5 minutes, before we spread it onto the toasts.
Now it’s ready, we spread the mixture on the toasts. Make sure that on each piece, there is raisin, bacon and our cream.
Ecco! Here it is, the Renaissance Crostini--ideal as appetizers, as well as side dishes, to enchant your guests.
See more of Riccardo’s Recipes in his cookbook, VECCHIA CUCINA, available now at Amazon.com.
Segment music by Goat 12
© Blitz Entertainment
Year of Production: 2010
Country: United States
- Andre Hereford
- Blitz Entertainment
- Riccardo Costa