I screwed up! I made the keyword for this post “olive streusel”.
What was I thinking? I could have made the SEO-friendly “Heirloom Tomato” the keyword. Or better yet – “Creamy Burrata”. Even the difficult to pronounce “Caprese Salad” would have been better (those rolled rrrrs really roil my tongue).
But no. I’m putting my faith into the idea that somehow sometime somewhere someone is going to google olive streusel and come upon my unique little corner of the blogosphere.
I can’t be the only one intrigued by the idea. Someone is going to wonder if olive streusel is just the finishing touch a classic Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad needs. Somehow sometime somewhere someone will look.
I know this because I didn’t think up the idea all on my own. This particular condiment came from the minds of Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. These talented brothers slash chefs bring a lot of flavorful creativity to whichever city they plant their toques. So I blame them for my SEO choices.
But really I should thank them. Because Michael’s philosophy that “Everything is sort of familiar in its flavor but surprising in its presentation” is pretty close to my own thinking.
Take this Caprese. I know you know Caprese. Tomatoes. Cheese. Basil. Good olive oil. A Caprese Salad served in summer could be the very definition of familiar flavor. It’s the crunchy, savory kalamata streusel topping that should surprise almost any salad lover. It’s an unexpected condiment that is the perfect contrast to the flavors in this dish. I think it’s surprisingly versatile too. Toss the leftovers into a kale salad, sprinkle some on grilled fish, or use it as a topping for roasted root vegetable gratin. GREG
PS No it’s not “chocolatey”. Though the cocoa adds a very subtle bitter edge.