Thursday, September 3, 2009

Salami, Cheese & Basil Rolls

Even though I take charge of the kitchen in our household, I have to give credit to my husband. He's certainly showed me a thing or two in the kitchen... even if by association. He used to work for the ever popular, Trader Joes grocery store. I was pretty psyched when he got the job - moreso than he was! I love shopping there and wandering the aisles of all their fun, out of the ordinary products.

One day when I was shopping at Trader Joe's the demo station was giving out these samples of sopressata (a type of sausage) wrapped with a mild cheese and a fresh basil leaf. It was so simple to put together, but more importantly, it tasted great! It definitely was a new way to serve cheese and sausage with a bit of fresh herbs to brighten the flavors. I liked the demo so much that I ended up buying the ingredients used to make it. This was about a year ago and I haven't made those sausage/cheese/basil rolls since... until tonight. I used thin sliced hard salami, muenster cheese and fresh basil and they were a fantastic, simple appetizer to serve my dinner guests.

Salami, Cheese & Basil Rolls
recipe inspired by Trader Joes

slices of hard salami, thinly sliced
slices of muenster cheese, thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh basil leaves
toasted crostini

Stack a slice of salami, muenster cheese and a basil leaf. Carefully roll the stack into a log. Place on top of a toasted crostini and serve.