Joanie Loves Bocce – “Food that Starts with a B”

August 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm (Napa Valley) (, , )

Fall bocce season has started – it is a new beginning for the Joanies!

Summer league ended kind of sadly, even though we made the playoffs we were big LOSERS of the WINNERS bracket!  First match, we killed…it was actually kind of sad!  And then we were pitted against the dreaded Grape Stompers, one of the teams that vies for first place year after year!  And sadly, the stomped us 2 games in a row so we were done for the day.  We compensated by drinking mass amounts of bubbles.

I missed the first week of fall league due to my Minneapolis trip, and was super excited to get back into the swing of things this week.  Due to busy schedules only Cappo James, Helen Jane, Britt, Tom and I played.  And I might say it worked out quite well.  I made out like a bandit with stars:
3 WINS = 3 Silver Stars
3 Casinos = 3 GOLD Stars

Since it was sooo hot for bocce my food with a “B” was Tomato Burgers – something light and fresh to use up the produce of the season and plus I love anything with goat cheese!  The recipe calls for home made buns, but really who has time for that on a school day so I used dinner rolls.  And actually Helen Jane and I thought you could just use the cheese and tomato filling as topping on crostini…yummy!

Tomato “Burgers”
Gourmet magazine, August 2008

Tomato Filling:
1/2 # tomatoes
1/4 C drained sun-dried tomatoes in oil, finely chopped
2 T shallot, chopped
2 t balsamic vinegar

Goat Cheese Filling:
1/3 C goat cheese @ room temp
3 T mascarpone cheese
1 T chives, finely chopped

For assembly:
Basil leaves
mini buns or rolls

1.  Cut a shallow x in bottom of each fresh tomato.  Blanch in a saucepan of boiling water 30 seconds, then transfer to an ice bath.  Peel and seed tomatoes.  Dice tomatoes.
2.  Stir together goat cheese, mascarpone, chives and a pinch of salt.
3.  Assembly:  Half each bun/roll horizontally, then fill sandwich with tomato filling, a basil leaf, and cheese filling.

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