Food for Thought: Burrata Cheese
Summer begs for lighter, fresher meals that don't weigh you down. We have been loving the addition of burrata to some of our dishes for this reason. However, many people aren't familiar with the little slice of heaven known as burrata. We are here to explain to you this amazing ingredient!
Burrata is a fresh, semi-soft Italian cheese. It consists of a mozzarella casing filled with thick cream. Literally translating to buttered, burrata has a creamy texture and rich-yet-mild flavor that pairs perfectly with most summer vegetables.
What's the difference between Burrata and Mozzarella?
Burrata and mozzarella are both semi-soft Italian cheeses, and burrata is made using mozzarella but la burrata is definitely a very special type of cheese on its own! To make burrata, fresh mozzarella is formed into a hollow pouch and then filled with soft curd and fresh cream. It is not as dense or tangy as mozzarella cheese.
Use It at Home
Burrata is a show-stopper and can give many dishes that extra oomph! We recommend pairing the fresh cheese with heirloom tomatoes and balsamic vinegar for a summer salad that is beautiful AND delicious.
Tomato Burrata Salad
If you thought you couldn't make a salad on a grill, you thought wrong! Our Tomato Burrata Salad is a simple yet flavorful dish for any occasion, but we suggest making it during summer when tomatoes are in season.
2-4 Heirloom Tomatoes, or your favorite tomatoes, chopped into wedges
3-4 Burrata balls
Half a Bottle of Balsamic Vinegar
Basil, for garnish
1. Chop up your heirloom tomatoes into wedges and arrange them on a plate in a circle. Meanwhile, reduce half a bottle of balsamic vinegar in a pot on high heat on the grill.
2. Cut up crusty bread like Ciabatta or sourdough into slices. Crush some cloves of garlic and rub the bread with the garlic to give it a nice aroma. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper before putting on the grill. Grill it until it chars.
3. Check your balsamic reduction. When it tastes sweet and coats the back of a spoon after stirring, take it off of the heat.
4. Chop leaves of fresh basil for garnish. Place 3-4 Burrata balls in the center of your tomato plate, and season with olive oil, salt,and pepper. Add the balsamic reduction and chopped basil leaves for garnish. Top grilled bread with tomatoes and Burrata and voila!