How Cheese Is Made
How to Eat Burrata
Burrata is a soft, Italian cheese typically eaten fresh. It typically comes in a round shape, with a mozzarella shell and a cream or soft curd filling. You can eat burrata by itself or on a slice of bread as a simple snack or meal. Its mild, buttery flavor also works well in a fruit or vegetable salad, on top of pizza or pasta, or baked into any dish where you’re looking for a creamy, cheesy touch.
Enjoying Burrata on Its Own
Choose the freshest possible burrata.This cheese contains a lot of water, which evaporates quickly. Your burrata will be less creamy the longer you wait to eat it. Try to find cheese that was made within the past day, if possible.
- Burrata can be found in specialty grocery stores or cheese shops. If your local store has a dairy counter, ask them when the burrata was made so you know it’s fresh.
Store it in the refrigerator until it’s ready to eat.Burrata will stay fresh longer if it’s stored at 40 °F (4 °C). Even stored in the fridge, however, burrata is best eaten within 48 hours. You can eat it past this point, but it might not be as good.
- If you need to store it longer, keep burrata in its own brine and store it in your fridge for up to a week.
Bring your burrata up to room temperature.A half hour to an hour before you want to enjoy the burrata, set it out at room temperature so it can warm up a little. This will ensure that the creamy center of the burrata is not too solid.
- You can also put your cheese in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes to warm it up.
Place your burrata in a bowl, and top with olive oil and salt.It’s better to serve this cheese in a bowl rather than a plate, because when you cut into it the curd at the center will spill out. Drizzle a small amount of high-quality olive oil onto the burrata and sprinkle a bit of salt on top to enhance the burrata’s flavor.
- Wait to cut into the burrata until you serve it so everyone can immediately dig in to the fresh curd.
- Adjust the amount of salt you add based on your own preferences. Burrata doesn’t have a strong flavor to begin with, but if you’re only getting a mild milk flavor and not much else, a small amount of salt can help the flavor stand out more.
Serve burrata with cured meats and a slice of crusty bread.For a simple snack or light meal, just spread the cheese on a piece of bread. Use toasted bread, or one with a tougher crust, to get a nice contrast in textures with the creamy burrata. The cheese’s mild flavor also pairs excellently with the saltiness of cured meats like prosciutto.
- To toast bread, slice a baguette into inch (1.3 cm) slices and bake for 5 minutes at 400 °F (204 °C). Flip over each slice, bake another 5 minutes, and brush with olive oil once it’s done.
- You can also brush slices of bread with olive oil and heat them in a griddle pan or skillet until they’re lightly browned.
Using Burrata in Recipes
Pair burrata with meats, fruits, or vegetables on a piece of crostini.For an easy appetizer, snack, or light meal, toast or grill slices of baguette or ciabatta bread, and add burrata and any other toppings you might like. Try to find ingredients with contrasting flavors or textures.
- Add burrata, roasted eggplant slices, chorizo, and chili peppers to toast. Sprinkle salt, pepper, thyme, and lemon zest on top.
- Layer prosciutto slices, burrata, and a slice of fresh fig.
- Pile burrata, chopped Brussels sprouts, radicchio, pine nuts, and apple pieces on a crostini slice.
- Smear burrata onto a piece of toast, and top with honey or fruit jam.
Top a raw or cooked salad with burrata.Burrata’s mild, buttery flavor and creamy texture works great with a wide variety of fresh or roasted fruits and vegetables. Try slicing up some in-season produce, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and add a few pieces of hand-torn burrata.
- Create an easy caprese salad by topping fresh tomato slices with pieces of burrata. Finish off the dish with salt, pepper, basil leaves, and drizzles of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
- Shave raw fennel and radishes into thin slices, add to a bowl, and top with burrata.
- Make sweet summer salad by roasting beets and blanching peaches. Place beet and peach slices on a plate and add burrata, olive oil, and salt. Top with pistachios for a crunchy finish.
- Combine burrata with fresh fruit for a simple breakfast dish or dessert. Burrata works especially well as a topping for sliced stone fruit, such as peaches and plums.
- Add burrata pieces to freshly grilled asparagus.
- Roast up some squash with spicy curry seasonings, and add burrata after the cooking process is finished.
- Add burrata and pesto to roasted carrots.
Top pizza with burrata when the pizza is almost finished cooking.Add pizza sauce, other cheeses, and toppings to rolled-out pizza dough. Bake at 500 °F (260 °C) for 10 minutes. Take the pizza out, sprinkle burrata on top, and bake for another 3 or 4 minutes.
- Try also adding prosciutto, fresh chopped basil, and red pepper flakes once you’re done baking the pizza.
- Try burrata on a pizza along with pancetta, roasted tomatoes, onions, and arugula.
Add chunks of burrata to pasta dishes.Cook pasta according to package directions, and then add your preferred sauce. Once the pasta is done, tear pieces of burrata into chunks and sprinkle them on top of your pasta.
- Finish pasta with a basic tomato sauce, burrata, and fresh basil leaves.
- Use burrata in lasagna for extra creaminess. When making the lasagna, top your ricotta cheese layer with burrata chunks.
Add burrata to egg dishes at the end of the cooking process.Use burrata like you would other cheeses, keeping in mind that it doesn’t need much time to melt. The cheese’s creaminess can enhance soft, custardy eggs.
- Place a couple small pieces of burrata on top of or inside of an omelet.
- Serve burrata balls along side poached eggs.
- If you want to use a lot of melted cheese in a recipe, mozzarella might be a better choice than burrata. The 2 cheeses have similar flavors when melted, but burrata is more expensive.
- Think of burrata like you would other soft cheeses and dairy products, like cottage cheese or even yogurt. Add fruits, granola, and honey to make a sweet breakfast dish.
- Burrata pairs well with crisp white, fruity roses, or full-bodied red wines. If beer is more your style, eat burrata with a lager.
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