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Plum & Burrata Flatbread with Balsamic and Arugula

Plum and Burrata Flatbread with Basil, Arugula, and Balsamic Glaze

Do you remember that microwave popcorn from the 90s that was dyed bright colors? But you didn’t know what color you were getting until you popped it and opened the bag? Pop-Secret or something?

Buying plums is kind of the same deal.

All I wanted was a few red plums. Is that too much to ask? Not red skin, mind you, but plums that are actually red on the inside.

Red & Yellow Plum Flatbread with Burrata, Basil, Arugula, and Balsamic Glaze

You can’t just go out and buy a red plum and expect a perfectly scarlet interior, as the ‘red’ designation doesn’t refer to the inside color, but rather the outside skin. I literally bought plums 4 straight weeks in a row thinking they were red inside, trying red plums and black plums and even black pluots, and yet every time I sliced one open it was all yellow (earworm alert, sorry).

Not that there is anything wrong with yellow plums, but I had a vision in my head of this flatbread that was just as defined as the vision in my stomach, and it involved a combination of both red and yellow plums. I refused to photograph it any other way.

Plum and Burrata Flatbread with Basil, Arugula, and Balsamic Glaze

Let’s just say this recipe is very thoroughly tested. Not because the recipe didn’t work, but each time we went to make it, surprise surprise, the plums I thought were red weren’t actually red. So I couldn’t photograph it, but we still made it and ate it anyway lest we let the precious burrata go bad.

I almost gave up on it, actually. After 4 weeks I was convinced the plums were going to go out of season and I’d be plum out of luck.

And then, finally, I cut into a plum (that honestly looked just like the plums I’d bought in weeks previously) and it was RED. I could have cried with sheer happiness when I saw that beautiful scarlet hue. Red… the color of passion, the color of love, the color of Lindsay finally being able to make a flatbread worthy of a photo.

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