Protein-packed cottage cheese is great for a morning boost. Zesty goat cheeses are lend themselves to mid-afternoon pick-me-ups. An intensely creamy, somniferous blue will do wonders as a substitute for (or addition to) a night-cap. But then there are day-long cheeses, like burrata. Here at culture, we can’t get enough of the fresh, cream-filled cheese, which is why we’ve sung its praises before. Burrata is at once simple and decadent, rich and refreshing. Its versatility makes it the perfect cheese to enjoy at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. And anytime in between.
We’re fans of both BelGioioso’s and Maplebrook Farms’ varieties, but burrata is even simple enough to make yourself at home. No matter how you get it into your hands, here are some delicious ways to eat this awesome cheese-within-a-cheese at every meal.
“Burrata” is Italian for buttered, meaning it glides onto toast just as smoothly as the fatty spread. With this in mind, Di Bruno Bros. suggests slathering oil and honey anointed burrata across toast and toping the dish with fresh berries. Sounds like one happy start to the morning.
Or for those who like their morning meal savory, follow blogger Jenni Epperson’s lead and toss burrata into an omelet with fresh basil.
When your mid-day burrata craving strikes, Di Bruno Bros. recommends whipping up a simple, caprese salad and serving the dish “with grilled bread, olives, and Prosecco for a light appetizer or summery lunch.”
Burrata plays well with most fresh fruits and veggies, as proven by our recipe for Lemon and Olive Oil Marinated Fennel with Burrata and Mint or this late-summer Burrata and Stone Fruit Salad. Pair either of these dishes with a fresh baguette, and you’re set until it’s time for your dinnertime fix.
Fresh, light burrata instantly becomes hearty when spread across pizza dough and dotted with squash blossoms as it is in this recipe from Turntable Kitchen. It also makes a great sub-stuffer when paired with spicy meatballs and herby red sauce, as Half-Baked Harvest shows us in this recipe.
And to end the day as sweet as you began, simply pair burrata with your favorite fruit and most inventive garnishes. Blogger Aida Mollenkamp recommends persimmons, hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds, and aged balsamic to lend a sweet and tangy edge to the cheese. Or take The Kitchy Kitchen’s advice, and whip burrata into panna cotta and top with strawberries and fresh ground pepper.
Getting hungry? It’s burrata o’clock – go grab some ingredients and try out a recipe!Photo Credit: Featured image by Aida Mollenkamp via Di Bruno Bros.