3 Farm-Fresh Ingredients, 3 Fantastic Plates

Tomato, basil and peach pair nicely in these dishes put together by Hal B. Klein to celebrate the season’s bounty.



 

Toast with Heirloom Tomato and Fried Egg + a Peach-Basil Smoothie


Toast

  • 2 slices quality bread
  • 1 heirloom slicing tomato,
  • such as Purple Cherokee,
  • Brandywine or Black Krim
  • 2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 2 eggs


Toast bread in the broiler. Top each piece of toast with a thick slice of heirloom slicing tomato. Shave about 1 tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on each piece of toast. Return to broiler for 1 minute. Top both with 1 basil leaf. Top both with a fried egg, over easy. Add a pinch of finishing salt.

Smoothie

  • 2 white peaches
  • 1/8 cup Thai basil leaves
  • Handful of spinach
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ¾ cup hemp or almond milk
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes
  • Pinch of salt


Pit peaches. Blend all ingredients until smooth.



 

 

Tomato, Peach and Ricotta Salata Cheese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette


Dressing

  • 1½ tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 5 large Italian basil leaves
  • Pinch salt
  • 5 tablespoons high-quality olive oil


Blend all ingredients, except the oil. Next blend in oil, slowly.

 

Salad

  • 1 cup diced yellow peaches
  • 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomato, such as Juliet or Sungold
  • ¾ cup sweet, crisp salad greens, such as edible chrysanthemum
  • 1/3 cup cubed ricotta salata
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced red onion (presoaked in water for 1 hour)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped spearmint
  • Fennel fronds (optional but nice)
  • Basil vinaigrette (see above)
  • Salt, to season


Combine all ingredients; toss afterward.



 

 

Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Peach-Tomato Salsa Topped with Basil-Infused Olive Oil


Oil

  • 6 basil leaves
  • ½ cup high-quality olive oil


In the morning — or up to a week prior — muddle basil leaves into oil. Set aside, loosely covered.

 

Salsa

  • 2 white peaches
  • 4 paste tomatoes, such as San Marzano,
  • Amish Paste or Heinz Paste
  • 1 jalapeño or poblano pepper
  • ¼ cup diced shallot
  • 1 clove diced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 shredded basil leaves
  • Salt and white pepper, to season


Grill peaches, tomatoes and pepper on a hot propane grill or (better) over hot coals for 3 minutes, turning once. Let grilled items cool until warm to the touch and then dice. While still warm, add in the shallot, garlic, cilantro and basil leaves; season with salt and white pepper.

 

Steak

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • Salt and pepper, to season


Season steak with salt and pepper 1 hour before cooking. Cook over high heat for 1.5 minutes per side. Allow steak to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Slice against the grain. To serve, top with a generous portion of salsa and 1 tablespoon basil oil.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


See the Video Pittsburgh Hopes Will Lure Amazon's HQ2

See the Video Pittsburgh Hopes Will Lure Amazon's HQ2

The video is part of the city's effort to snag Amazon's second headquarters, which is expected to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment..

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Parts & Service Adds Pizza To Superior Motors

Parts & Service Adds Pizza To Superior Motors

Executive Chef Kevin Sousa and Pastry Chef Kate Carney are cooking sourdough pizza in an outdoor brick oven.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The 5 Best Underrated Fountains in Pittsburgh

The 5 Best Underrated Fountains in Pittsburgh

While we all know and love the grandeur of the fountain at Point State Park, there are many hidden fountain gems throughout the city. These are a few of our lesser-known favorites.

Comments


A Mysterious (But Messy) Night at the Museum with DODO

A Mysterious (But Messy) Night at the Museum with DODO

A review of "DODO," the immersive-theater production currently taking place at the Carnegie Museums by Bricolage Production Company.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
It's What Steelers Do After Kansas City That Matters

It's What Steelers Do After Kansas City That Matters

The team is more than capable of beating the Bengals Sunday, but are they willing to keep their eye on the ball long enough to begin stacking victories again for a change?

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

#Gottahaveit: Take It To the Hoop

Robert Hallett, Goldsmith, handcrafts the jewelry in his Oakmont shop.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Firefighter Flick Only the Brave is a Moving Tribute

Firefighter Flick Only the Brave is a Moving Tribute

Reviews of "Only the Brave" and "The Florida Project," plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
The Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin-Themed Proposals

The Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin-Themed Proposals

In honor of fall, we’re showcasing three couples whose proposals involved one of the best things about the season: pumpkins.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Holiday How-To: Upgrade Your Fall Decor with Advice from Local Experts

Holiday How-To: Upgrade Your Fall Decor with Advice from Local Experts

Interior designers share their tips on creating easy, elegant décor that will take you from Halloween through Thanksgiving.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

Tuition Increases at the University of Pittsburgh

School trustees voted this week to increase tuition for in-state and out-of-state students.

Comments

Edit Module

Edit Module