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Creamy Burrata


burrata with fresh tomatoes

Burrata is one of the more photogenic cheeses, in our humble opinion. As part of the pasta filata family, it has the soft, stretchy texture of fresh mozzarella. But unlike mozzarella, burrata forms a hollow pocket as it’s made—and that’s where the magic happens. The hole is stuffed with cream or uncooked curds (or often both) and the cheese is tied off like a delicious present. The filling continues to ferment, giving it a tangier flavor than the surrounding cheese pouch.

Because of it’s smooth and creamy texture, burrata makes a beautiful melting cheese. Running to the Kitchen recently featured an open-faced peach, bacon, and burrata quesadilla, which looks as good as it must taste. Blogger Gina raves:

Burrata may be my all time favorite cheese. I thought I knew love when I tasted fresh (still warm!) mozzarella right out of the big pail it was made in at Eataly in Turin, Italy a couple of summers ago but no, burrata beats that. You think it’s like mozzarella from the outside but then the inside reveals this creamy, ricotta texture and you’re done for with the first bite.

Want more ideas on what to do with this special cheese? Try stuffing it in meatballs for what may be the best meatball sub you’ve ever had. Or top burrata with fresh berries, honey, and balsamic vinegar for an unexpected breakfast or dessert. Or best yet, let burrata be the main course and pair it with simple roasted asparagus and lime oil

For a truly unique dish, make your own burrata. Learn how in our summer issue!

Photo of burrata and fresh tomatoes by Compfight

Alicia Hahn

Alicia Hahn is an online editorial intern for culture who excels at eating and enjoys writing, crosswords, and cooking (preferably with cheese). Originally from San Francisco, she moved to Boston for school and fell in love with the city (despite an annual campaign against winter). Her favorite place to be is the farmers’ market, where she finds weird and exciting ingredients to make or break her next meal.