Cros­tini Top­pings

Vegetarian Today - - Ingredient Focus -

TOP­PINGS ARE THE THIRD TIER of build­ing the canapés. They add tex­ture and color to the fin­ished ap­pe­tizer, not to men­tion great fla­vor. White Bean Salad: This Ital­ian clas­sic is made with creamy can­nellini beans, and scat­tered with red bell peppers for color. Mush­room Sauté: Sim­ple and plenty tasty, the earth­i­ness of the mushrooms helps bal­ance the as­sertive dips. Mar­i­nated To­ma­toes: An­other tra­di­tional top­per — the key to this one is to use fresh basil and the ripest to­ma­toes. Sautéed Red Peppers: These peppers have an un­ex­pected op­pos­ing tangy-sweet com­bi­na­tion. The long sim­mer re­ally in­ten­si­fies their nat­u­ral sweet­ness, be­cause as the bal­samic vine­gar re­duces, its fla­vor con­cen­trates in the peppers. For the best fla­vor, serve all of the top­pings at room tem­per­a­ture.

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