So, this Labor Day, it was just me and the dear husband. Eldest daughter moved away to college to pursue her PhD. Housemates off to a family picnic.
I'm not sure the last time we had a dinner for two like this. So we did it up a bit but easy and fresh and fun.
Dinner started with a new invention of mine, grilled pesto butter crostini and that was a great start! Yesterday, we had wandered through one of our favorite stores, Angelo Caputo's Fresh Markets and found this great italian bread that you can bake at home from frozen in it's own bag. Caldo, il Filone di Grano duro veropane. They were also sampling the Academia Barilla products on the other side of the store. While their pesto is fantastic, my immediate thought was to put two great things together to make something extra special.
I mixed the pesto in with some Plugrá butter to form a nice spread. I sliced the bread thin and then cut each slice in half. I spread generously with the pesto butter and then sprinkled fresh ground parmesean cheese on top.
I placed the pieces on the hot grill for a brief 3-4 minutes. This was enough to melt the butter into the bread, toast up the bottom with nice grill lines. The result was hot, tasty and just awesome appetizers.
Side dish was a caprese salad with basil from our herbs, fresh capellini mozzeralla and tomatoes from my parents farm. A sprinkle of sea salt and a splash of red wine vinegar. (I'm sorry I hadn't splurged on the Academia Barilla Aged Balsamic Condiment, it would have been the perfect touch.)
The dear husband grilled steaks and it was a tasty, fast and romantic dinner for two.