There are so many flavors to love about fall. Apples, cinnamon, sage, rosemary, pumpkin, figs… the list just goes on and on! Fall flavors are like no other. They conjure up the most heavenly aromas and fill your home with the coziest sort of memories. Lately I’m just so full of warm smiles, I just smile to myself all the time, even when I’m by myself. It’s because I’m thinking about the fall memories of the past, getting excited for the holidays, and creating lots of warm and comforting meals that my family loves. We are snugglers in our family, and we love nothing more than gathering in front of the TV for a good movie (probably one that we’ve already seen 20 times) and eating cozy food. These Pumpkin Burrata Toasts w/ Fig & Crispy Sage are perfect for cozy fall nights.
They have so many fall flavors going on, and all so harmoniously. They’re great for dinner parties as a first course or as a light meal along with a leafy green salad. And like any good toast, they start with the best bread. Try to find the most rustic kind of bread you can. Whether it be sourdough or a whole grain boule, you want a loaf that’s very crusty on the outside. I’m lucky that my supermarket has a very good bakery, so I can find great bread in the same place as I find my groceries. But if you aren’t as lucky, check out what your local bakery has to offer. There are a lot of goodies that we’re piling onto these Pumpkin Burrata Toasts w/ Fig & Crispy Sage, so the bread needs to be able to stand up to it all.
First, we spread the pumpkin butter. Now, I’ll admit, I’m a pumpkin butter newbie! I’ve been making apple butter forever, but I only recently got into making pumpkin butter. It’s very similar in texture to apple butter and, like apple butter, contains no actual butter. Making pumpkin butter at home fills your kitchen with the delicious aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. And it’s way easier to make than apple butter, mainly because I cheat by using a can of pumpkin puree as the base. I suppose you could cook down a fresh pumpkin, but I get my share of long processes when I make apple butter, so I wanted this recipe to be quick and easy. It should only take about 30 minutes to make your own pumpkin butter, but you can also just by some at the store.
Then we’ve got the burrata. Who doesn’t love burrata? I’ve almost forgotten completely about fresh mozzarella since meeting its cousin burrata. It’s rich, luscious and spreadable. Just make sure you let it sit out so it reaches room temperature before you add it to the toasts. Nobody likes cold cheese on warm bread.
After the burrata, we’ll drizzle the toasts with sweet and dreamy fig syrup that comes together quickly on the stove. And then my favorite part, the crispy sage. I would have to say that sage is one of my top five favorite smells in the whole world. I love the feel of its velvety leaves between my fingers, and the way it smells when combined with a little brown butter on the stove is simply divine. And that’s all it takes to make crispy sage – a little butter. Sautee it on low heat and give it time to crisp up, and then crumble it with your fingers a little before sprinkling over these Pumpkin Burrata Toasts w/ Fig & Crispy Sage. It’s the perfect finishing touch.
We’ve got a couple of miserable weather days coming up. No snow just yet, but lots of chilly rain. And guess what? I could care less! I’m actually looking forward to some snuggly, rainy weather where we can uncork a bottle of red and enjoy these Pumpkin Burrata Toasts w/ Fig & Crispy Sage alongside a kale salad that I’m working on. The weather should clear up by Halloween, and that’s all that matters. Till then, I’ll be hunkered down enjoying some delicious fall food. Hope you’ll be doing the same! Enjoy!
- 1 loaf rustic bread (look for a loaf with a crusty exterior)
- 1 cup pumpkin butter
- 1/2 cup fig preserves
- 1 cup fresh sage leaves
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 2 balls of burrata
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Remove the burrata and pumpkin butter from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature while you prepare the toasts. Combine the burrata and salt in a small bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.
Heat the butter over medium-low heat in a skillet until it bubbles. Keep swirling the butter in the pan until it starts to darken in color. Add the sage leaves and saute until crispy. Remove onto paper towels too cool.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice the loaf of bread into thick slices and arrange on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil on the sides that face up. Toast the bread for 10 minutes.
While the bread is toasting, make the fig syrup: Combine fig preserves and 1 Tbsp. of water in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until the mixture thins out and becomes syrupy.
Remove the toasts from the oven. Spread a layer of pumpkin butter, then the burrata. Drizzle with fig syrup and top with crispy sage leaves.