Cheers to the school year starting to wine-down!
Thank you Cameron Hughes for sponsoring this post. Wine and dine your way into summer and raise a toast to everyone’s favorite season!
That’s right… school year wine-down! As a teacher, it’s been one loooong one. Even though my school is ending earlier than expected due to construction (YAY!), the last few days are seeming to slither on by.
The nights are getting longer, and with the end-of-the-year quickly approaching, patio nights are becoming a frequent occurrence. Wait, I mean my weekly wine-down is becoming a necessity. 😉
I know this isn’t the first time you’ve probably heard about my love of warm summer nights, patio drinks, WINE AND CHEESE! I just can’t wait for you to join me now, because we all deserve to wine-down together!
To that I say, what better way to celebrate the beginning of summer and patio happy hours than with an appetizer spread, complete with Blackberry Burrata Mint Crostini and an assortment of affordable, high-quality wine?! You can’t forget friends and a bonfire, of course. Anything else I need to add to an epic evening of a summer wine-down? I don’t think so!
Can we talk about Cameron Hughes wine for a minute, too? They are, after all, the reason we’re here for this wine-down. Not like we needed much arm twisting, because the nature of Cameron Hughes wine makes it an excellent option to fuel your end-of-year celebrations as the sun sets over your patio.
Cameron Hughes is a direct to consumer wine brand, which means they source the wine and sell direct to YOU. This allows them to be able to sell what might be a typically $80 bottle of cab for $30. Talk about winning! And you can’t argue with the fact that Cameron samples thousands of wines a year, which means he tastes the bad stuff so you don’t have to. Only the best wines are selected!
Living that teacher life, affordable wine is a requirement. Regardless of whether or not you’re a teacher, I’m willing to bet we can all get on board with sticking to the budget while drinking delicious wine. So I have a special offer for you – free shipping when you purchase 3 bottles of wine! Use the code: INEEDWINE18.
The wine for our patio party is set, now onto the food! Blackberry Burrata Mint Crostini is the ultimate summer appetizer. Sticking to our theme of affordable, delicious, approachable, and easy, this appetizer is the way to go.
I know, I know… have you figured out that I’m basically obsessed with crostini?! I’m pretty sure you are too, so another recipe FTW. When I think about a patio party with friends to kick off the summer, I don’t want to waste time in the kitchen. I want a quick, easy recipe that allows me to enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and extra laughs with friends instead.
Blackberry Burrata Mint Crostini is so dang easy. The only thing you need to really even make is the crostini (cheater route: just buy it pre-made, although as always I think fresh is best). Spread on a schmear of burrata cheese, some mint and lemon juice, a drizzle of honey and pepper, and away we go!
BURRATA. Talk about obsessed! This creamy mozzarella cream blend is out. of. this. world. It’s soft, it’s creamy, it’s the perfect balance to the sweet berries, honey drizzle, and refreshing mint. I couldn’t have burrata as part of every meal, until the day I die.
I can’t get it outta my head. Good thing it’s Friday again…summer wine-down party, commence!
Blackberry Burrata Mint Crostini
- 10-12 baguette slices
- Olive oil salt, and pepper for crostini
- 8 oz. burrata cheese
- Salt flakes
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 6 oz. blackberries large ones halved
- 1/4 cup mint chopped
- 1 lemon juiced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Honey for drizzle
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F. Lay out baguette slices on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil (don’t drench them, dry areas are ok). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Flip slices over and repeat. Toast in oven for 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through. Watch carefully so they don’t burn.
- In a small bowl, mix together mint, lemon, olive oil, and a pinch of salt as needed.
- Layer the following on top of each crostini: 1-2 Tablespoons burrata, freshly ground black pepper, pinch of salt flakes 3-4 blackberries, drizzle of mint mixture, and a drizzle of honey. Top with additional mint leaves or salt flakes as desired.
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