Sunday, April 15, 2012

BURRATA...OH EM GEE!



See that bowl with the white stuff in the middle of the photo? If you're lucky enough to come across some Burrata cheese, please don't hesitate to pick some up. A little pricey, but worth every dollar! It's a food experience you're not likely to forget. I owe this wonderful find to my Floridian co-worker Mary. Recently, Mary emailed me asking if  I ever had Burrata. I asked her if it was related to a Burrito :-) She replied "Google it."  Then she said something like "I WANT SOME"!! When I Googled, I landed on the Fine Cooking website, and here is what they said about Burrata:

What is it? Burrata (boor-rah-tah), a fresh mozzarella-like cheese from the Italian region of Puglia, is prized for its rich milky flavor and its two textures: a soft, elastic, spongy outer layer wrapped around a creamy, oozy interior. Burrata is delicious paired with crusty bread and flavorful ingredients like prosciutto, tomatoes, olives, nuts, and herbs. Some say burrata (the name derives from burro, butter in Italian) was first created as a means to use up leftover scraps of mozzarella cheese. The cheese makers would add cream to the scraps and wrap them in a pouch made from a larger piece of mozzarella. As with regular mozzarella, burrata was originally made with water buffalo milk but is now more typically made with cow’s milk.


How to prep: Burrata's soft, almost liquid interior can make it a challenge to slice; use a serrated knife for the best results.

How to store: Highly perishable, burrata should be eaten within 24 hours of purchase and is considered past its prime after about 48 hours.


On vacation this week, I found Burrata in a Wegman's store. We celebrated with just the ball of burrata, sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a good olive oil. Spread it on some good bread, sliced up some heirloom tomatoes for the plate, added some olives and ate away. You must try this wonderful cheese.


Just perfect for an easy lunch. The weather was nice enough to eat it outdoors as an appetizer.


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Debbie

14 comments:

  1. I have heard of it and have seen it on cooking shows but I have not tasted it yet. Must do something about that! Think I will head to Wegman's tomorrow. :) xo

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    1. Barb, next time I will buy two :-) It's that good.

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  2. It's fantastic! and what a feast you had, everything looks delicious! Pretty dishes.

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    1. Carol, yes it is fantastic! It's probably easier to find where you live. I'm going to try our local Italian shops to see if they have it.

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  3. I'm sitting here in the early light thinking about breakfast and then read your post...guess what I need for breakfast now!
    I'll have to nip to my local deli to see if they stock it.
    Must dash...I'm hungry now ;D

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  4. I haven't tried it yet but now you make me want to have some! I hope I can find it and I'd serve it exactly the same way you did.

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  5. Debbie, that does look delicious! I, too will look for it as we love appetizers like that. Your setting looks lovely.

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  6. Looks wonderful! Wish I had some right now!

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  7. I love almost any kind of cheese, but have never heard of Burrata before. It does indeed look like a new cheese I need to look for because I'm sure I'd enjoy it. Thanks for sharing this new to me food at my party!

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  8. Love your name for your blog and goood gracious that lunch looks yummy!!

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  9. Oh this looks just so delicious!! Glad I discovered your blog!!

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  10. I haven't had it, I will look for it! I am not fond of fresh mozzarella, seems bland to me, but you say this is better?

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