This is not a recipe really. This is about a philosophy – a Burrata Philosophy.
At restaurants I am often drawn to the Burrata appetizers. In part, all this time, it was because I rarely eat Burrata. It is not your everyday cheese.
On one of my routine trips to Whole Foods, while wandering around just taking it all in (yes, I do that), I came across the container of Burrata. I picked it up for closer observation; the cheese ball, floating in that murky water, hanging like a cloud. Could this really be as delicious and delicate as the Burrata I get at restaurants? I was skeptical, but went for it. And wow. WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING ALL MY LIFE without eating store-bought Burrata!? And then I realized, I need to change my philosophy on Burrata; Burrata can be had on my dining table, or better yet on my couch while watching Bravo (snuggled up with my cat). I do not have to reserve the indulgence for restaurant dining.
Wait a Minute….What is Burrata Cheese? If you are new to Burrata cheese, it is an exquisite Italian cheese. The outer-shell is fresh mozzarella but the inside is cream and mozzarella making it full of moisture. When you cut it open, the creaminess oozes out like cutting into a poached egg and revealing the yolk. If you don’t like a moist texture you may not prefer this. It has a distinct cream taste, and almost quenches your thirst like milk.
I tried Burrata on a number of salads. Photographed below is kale, apples, a touch of balsamic, and Burrata. The apple and Burrata played together perfectly.
It is tomato season so I also grabbed a huge heirloom tomato while in the produce section. I made this tomato salad, dressed with olive oil and fresh basil from my balcony garden, and of course a huge portion of my Burrata.
The Buratta came in one large ball, but I did not hesitate to slice it and eat it in portions. I kept the portions in the water and container that it came with. Also, I ate it all within 3 days as recommended after opening it.
This simple item, which is usually quite expensive at restaurants, can easily enhance your homemade salads and meals.
I will be seeing Burrata in my fridge more often and will share more Burrata recipes with you as I practice The Burrata Philosophy.