Italy – always a place of longing. A country where the sun is at home and the food tastes great. Now we have Italy’s variety of flavors for you. Our friend and star chef Rolf Straubinger has created a very special appetizer for us. What looks like a colorful tomato salad is a true firework of flavors. It is accompanied by burrata, focaccia, arugula and – in a completely un-Italian way – a little gin. Admittedly, the preparation is not without its difficulties, but the result is on a world class level. The main ingredient is our sun-ripened little Tomato Kisses and our Caprese Tomatoes. It’s sliced, cooked, pureed, mixed and varnished. Rolf Straubinger: “This dish shows what tomatoes can do – if they are good. A tomato dream.” Or as we say: a plate of sunshine.
Appetizer for 4 people
4 tomatoes, varnished
16 SanLucar Cherry Tomatoes, red
8 SanLucar Cherry Tomatoes, yellow
160 g arugula sorbet
16 zucchini loops, cut with a peeler
8 dried focaccia chips
120 g plucked burrata cheese
40 g virgin olive oil
White Tomato Juice (basic recipe)
3 kg of fully ripe SanLucar tomatoes, cut into pieces
20 g sea salt
50 g still mineral water
30 g sugar
40 g gin
Finely puree all ingredients with water and drain overnight in a straining cloth.
White Tomato Stock (basic recipe)
550 g fresh tomatoes, quartered
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of sugar
Blend tomato quarters with the water, sugar and sea salt, place in a straining cloth or clean dish towel and drain overnight. The resulting juice is clear and white.