The basket included the following items:
- Summer Sausage and Garlic Sausage by Hanover Smokehouse
- Cheddar Cheese, Garlic Cheese and Smoked Gouda by Mountain View Farms
- Sundried Tomato Bruschetta by Cucina & Amore
- Stoned Wheat Crackers by Eleanor + Flynn
- Olive Oil & Sea Salt Water Crackers by Mariner
Such an outstanding assortment of small business produced cheeses!
And yet, perhaps no other item in the basket “spoke” to me as much as Cucina & Amore’s Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta.
Cucina & Amore was founded in 2007, out of a love of enjoying good food and gatherings in the kitchen. This small business creates products with only a few, recognizable ingredients, minimal processing, and GMO free – and their sun-dried tomato bruschetta is a case in point. Made of finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, this gluten- and sulfite- free product also features minimally processed basil, tomato paste, olive oil, Grana Padano Cheese, walnuts, garlic, and pine nuts.
Just look at the gorgeous color!
I used this highly-acclaimed bruschetta topping as an ingredient in one of the dishes I am serving this Father’s Day weekend: peppers and tomatoes stuffed with chicken. For this recipe I used one pound of lean organic ground chicken mixed with half of the bruschetta, and some grated parmesan. I topped the stuffed veggies with freshly chopped parsley and grated mozzarella. I just couldn’t help it: I had to add more cheese 🙂
The bruschetta and the parmesan provided the chicken with the moisture and tenderness it needed, while also packing it with a punch of flavor. Meanwhile, the peppers and tomatoes themselves added veggie vibrancy and freshness, rendering the dish multidimensional and light.
The perfect, delicious summer lunch – not heavy in the slightest!
I was very pleased with the delicious tomato flavor imparted by the bruschetta upon this dish, and overall, I loved the Gourmet Gift Baskets package I received. I appreciated the thought process that went into putting together this basket which highlighted a variety of gourmet items created by small businesses. As you know, I am a big supporter of small producers, and as such I am pleased to see them taking center stage especially now, when they need support more than ever before. I will continue to shed light on these businesses and on Gourmet Gift Baskets more broadly – the quality is there, and so is the deliciousness, and so is the joy.
What are you cooking this weekend? Let me know in the comments 🙂
*Disclaimer: While I received complimentary products to facilitate this review, all opinions expressed here are my own.