Di Bruno Bros. cheese spreads are the ultimate snack on our imported Crostini, with an artisan crusty bread, or smeared on a chicken sandwich. But of course you know this already. What you may not know is that our cheese spreads can take almost any sandwich, pasta, or dinner recipe to new heights, and we are going to tell you how. Here are six secret ways that chefs use our Di Bruno Bros. handmade cheese spreads to kick up their recipes, just in time for your Memorial Day extravaganza.
Torcetti Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is always an expected addition to any BBQ celebration. One of our cheese spread secrets is that our chefs use the garlic and herb spread as a base for pasta sauces. We like to sauté chopped asparagus and bell pepper with salt and pepper, and then over low heat, add the Handmade Garlic & Herb Spread and cook it down with whole milk. Once cooled, you can create a truly gourmet pasta salad by tossing it with Bartolini Torcetti Pasta, a generous splash of Di Bruno Homemade Red Wine Vinegar , slivered Ham (try this Gran Biscotto or your personal favorite) , and some good quality Mayonnaise. This one is sure to impress your guests!
Di Bruno Café Burger
At our Upstairs @ Di Bruno Café, Philadelphians gather every day on their lunch hour for an all too brief brush with genuine Italian hospitality. After the morning coffee wears off, a café burger experience is one of the few things that can cure a case of “the Mondays”. Our chefs take a ¼ lb. patty of Angus beef, perfectly grilled, on a Challah roll and top it with pickled tomatoes, Spanish onion, bacon, and most importantly, our Di Bruno Gorgonzola Spread.
What could be better than a B.L.T? Its Italian sister sandwich; the P.L.T! This beautiful sandwich combines Pancetta Italian Bacon, fresh and crunchy Romaine Lettuce, and thinly sliced tomatoes on crusty bread smeared with a generous portion of our Garlic and Chive Handmade Cheese Spread and some fresh cracked black pepper. You may never use mayonnaise again!
Spicy Mac & Cheese
Sometimes a dose of comfort food is the best medicine for a rough day. Why not kick up your favorite Mac & Cheese recipe with a few heaping spoonfuls of our Handmade Abbruzze Cheese Spread and then top it off with some freshly grated Pecorino Romano? Give an old favorite a new finish with this spicy fix.
Beef Brisket Sandwich
For your Memorial Day after-party, if you find yourself with leftover Beef Brisket or Flank Steak, do as our chefs do and top beef sandwiches with our Handmade Bacon & Horseradish Spread. We recommend slicing your leftovers thinly, piling them high on a delicious crusty roll, and topping this sandwich with caramelized onions and our Peppadew Peppers for an outrageous delight.
Mozzarella, Tomato & Pesto
This incredible sandwich shines for its simplicity. What could be better than fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes? Fresh Mozzarella and Tomatoes with Di Bruno Bros. Handmade Pesto Spread and Black Label Prosciutto di Parma! Our Fresh Mozzarella is made in house daily, and its soft and rich creaminess is unrivaled by store bought Mozzarella. Add the prosciutto, tomatoes and Pesto Spread, plus some sea salt and cracked pepper, and pile onto your favorite bread for the ultimate sandwich. We love it on Foccacia.
Made a pasta dish with Abbruzze tonight and got a big thumbs up from the husband. I didn’t find a pasta sauce recipe on this site so I experimented. I took 6 ounces (half of a 12 oz container of DiBruno’s Abbruzze) and melted on the stove with 1/2 cup white wine. It covered a pound of pasta perfectly for a delicious dish. I served it with a filets of grilled pork tenderloin on top. The pasta was very spicy and my lips are still burning a little, which I just love. To reduce the kick, you could add about 1/4 cup or more of cream cheese or adjust the proportions I mentioned above to your preferred heat level. Abbruzze is my favorite DiBruno’s product and I will try the other flavors for future pasta or sauce dishes paired with various other meats and veggies.