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250 South Northwest Hwy, Suite 320
Park Ridge, IL 60068
USA

(847) 232-2828

Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

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Award Worthy Apple Walnut Crostoni

Morgan Shepard

What to serve while watching the Oscar ceremony? Crostoni! Large bread crusts in Italian, crostoni are thick bread rounds, toasted & topped with a meat or cheese garnish. We modified a recipe from the reluctant entertainer, using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil & a reduction of Villa Gabriella Organic 8-year aged organic balsamic vinegar. Prepare ahead, pop in the oven & enjoy the show!  

Makes 8-10 Crostoni

Simple Ingredients

  • French bread baguette, sliced diagonally (about 2 inches thick)
  • 4-5 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus extra to flavor
  • Reduction of Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged, balsamic vinegar  
  • 3-5 tablespoons fresh goat cheese 
  • ½ cup Gorgonzala cheese
  • 1 medium Honeycrisp apple, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper (to taste)

Easy Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to broil. 
  2. Brush bread rounds with olive oil, place on a parchment lined baking sheet
  3. Broil for 3 minutes, until toasty, remove from the oven 
  4. Spread each toasted round with goat cheese & set aside
  5. Combine gorgonzola cheese, chopped apple & walnuts in a bowl  
  6. Add honey & mix together
  7. Spoon the mixture on top ofcrostoni rounds
  8. Return to the oven & broil 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted
  9. Remove from the oven, drizzle each crostoni with balsamic vinegar reduction (recipe here) 
  10. Serve & enjoy! 

Pair with Villa Graziella artisan crafted Bianco Trebbiano IGT wine made with organic grapes.   

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Morgan Shepard

We used our 8-year aged organic balsamic vinegar to make a luscious reduction. No need to add sugar or other ingredients, we slowly simmer the vinegar for 60 minutes over a low heat.  Bursting with complex, natural flavors coming from the various woods the vinegar ages in, we drizzled our reduction on Apple Walnut Crostoni. A glaze on grilled steak or chops, dress steamed or roasted veggies, top fresh avocado slices & shaved fennel or on spring greens; the delicious & healthy combinations are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Villa Gabriella Organic 8 year aged, balsamic vinegar  

Easy Directions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, add balsamic vinegar
  2. Simmer over medium heat 10-15 minutes or until vinegar begins to bubble
  3. Stir slowly & reduce heat to low for 45 minutes until vinegar thickens & reduces
  4. Place a spoon in the reduction, if vinegar coats the spoon remove from the heat
  5. Set aside & allow to cool
  6. Pour into air tight jar or container, store in cupboard away from heat, light & air. Vinegar can be re-heated over low heat, add a small amount of water if necessary.

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Did You Know: Enjoying Organic Food

Morgan Shepard

Did you know? There are more reasons to enjoy organic food!  Scientific research studies continue to indicate the health & environmental benefits from cultivating & eating organic food. From increased anti-oxidants levels, healthier diet practices, better early childhood development, the decreased risk of disease & lower pesticide residue levels in our food and in the soil. Want to learn more?  Visit The Organic Consumer’s Association to learn more!