Grilled Green Tomatoes with Burrata and Green Juice

Grilled Green Tomatoes With Burrata And Green Juice

Get true unripe green tomatoes, not green heirlooms, which are too delicate to grill. As for the green juice, there are some good store-bought ones if you’d rather not make your own.

 

Ingredients

4 SERVINGS

Green Juice

  • ½ small romaine heart, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ English hothouse cucumber or ½ Persian cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup (packed) torn kale leaves
  • ¾ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt

Tomatoes And Assembly

  • 1 slice thick country-style bread, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 unripe green tomatoes, sliced ½ inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn into pieces
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup unsalted, roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  • Flaky sea salt

Preparation

Green Juice

Blend romaine, cucumber, kale, cilantro, and ¼ cup water in a blender until fairly smooth, about 1 minute. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl or measuring glass, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible; you should have about ½ cup. (Alternatively, you can do this step in a juicer.) Stir in lime juice and season with salt. Taste and adjust flavor with more lime juice, if needed.

Tomatoes and Assembly

Preheat oven to 400°. Toss bread with 2 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with kosher salt. Bake, tossing halfway through, until golden brown and crisp, 6–8 minutes. Let bread cool, then gently crush with a flat-bottomed measuring cup into smaller pieces.

Prepare a grill for medium-high heat or heat a grill pan over medium-high. Brush tomatoes on both sides with 1 Tbsp. oil and grill until softened and lightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plates and drizzle with vinegar, ⅓ cup green juice, and 1 Tbsp. oil. Season with kosher salt and pepper and top with burrata.

Toss scallions, jalapeño, almonds, breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp. green juice, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a medium bowl; season with kosher salt and pepper. Add cilantro and toss again to bring everything together.

Scatter scallion mixture evenly over tomatoes and burrata; drizzle with oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

 

Recipe by Joshua McFadden, Ava Gene’s, Portland, Oregon
Photograph by Peden & Munk

 

Grilled Buttered Honey Rum Bananas

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Grilled Buttered Honey Rum Bananas

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons rum

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon melted butter

4 firm bananas

Cinnamon to taste

Brown sugar to taste

Ice cream

 

Preparation

Combine rum, honey, and melted butter in a bowl and mix well.

Preheat grill to medium-high and treat grates with non-stick spray.

Peel bananas and slice lengthwise.

 

Place bananas on grill and baste generously with rum mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Grill 5 minutes or less, just long enough to caramelize sauce.

 

Serve hot topped with ice cream.

 

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Rooftop Glamping

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How much would you pay for the experience of sleeping outside on the rooftop of a luxury hotel? Or, maybe you wouldn’t consider it even if they were giving it away. Glamping has become the popular style of resort camping. No ordinary tents and campfire cookouts with that you-know-you’ve-been-camping feeling in the morning when your back is aching. Glamping takes the messiness and undesirable qualities of camping off the table.

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Many boutique hotels offer glamping on their rooftops. Outfitted with luxury sheet-fitted beds, fire pits, state-of-the-art telescopes for stargazing, outdoor movie screenings, yurts, and more, . . . → Read More: Rooftop Glamping