Burrata: My New Obsession

25 Jul

You know when there’s something you love, like, really and truly love, and then you find out there’s an even BETTER version of it out there (like meeting your girlfriend’s sister…hi-O). That happened to me this past weekend. My world was rocked. Up was down, left was right, Olive Garden seemed like a good idea…it was madness.

As a fan of cheese, there are few things in the world better than a big ball of fresh mozzarella (amirite). But wait a second, there’s this thing out there called Burrata, an even sexier version of fresh mozzarella. It’s a ball that is a “shell” of fresh mozzarella wrapped around a mixture of mozzarella and fresh cream…meaning it’s a ball of mozzarella with a creamy gooey middle (think not quite set egg whites). It’s almost vulgar. I’m going to land in the poor house with this new obsession. I saw two different recipes in August’s Bon Appetit featuring Burrata, and it occurred to me that I didn’t actually know what it was. I ventured over to Plum Market because they have the BEST cheese counter! Really great, high quality selection, they’ll cut down any cheese to the amount you need, and the people are so knowledgeable (and yet being cheese experts don’t weight 3000 pounds..how do they do that?). Their beer selection is also pretty dynomite. After learning why I should spend $9.99 on a small ball of Burrata, I was on my way to create this tasty sensation:

Salad

{ Pickled Nectarine Salad with Burrata – Bon Appetit }

I’ve been talking about how much I love Summer foods, and this recipe completely embodies that. My mom was in town (to go wedding dress shopping) so I thought this would be the perfect thing to start our day. But first, the cheese

Cheese

Isn’t that cute? It’s wrapped up like a neat little package. What lies within…?

Buratta1

Ah, pizza dough-looking cheese. Alrighty, off to a good start. Here’s the main part of the salad: cutting up nectarines, and then letting them soak in white wine vinegar, sugar, and red onions. Yep, the rest is just “put on plate”

MomChop

With my expert helper (Mary Lu) on hand, we chopped up those bad boys, let them rest in the vinegar, and then chugged some water (because it was still like 90 outside)

Chop

Lucky for me she has a generous garden, so she brought up some fresh Basil. The recipe calls for mint, but hey, what Summer foods does Basil NOT go with?

Basil

Now slice up your pornographic cheese and “put on plate”

Buratta

Toss some arugula and basil with the drained-marinated nectarines and onion. Add some of the vinegar mixture (enough for a light dressing), and “put on plate”. Drizzle some fresh olive oil over, and top with salt and pepper.

Salad

Sweet Jesus, this salad was amazing. I loved every second of inhaling this, and I am honestly shocked that in the 5 days it’s been since I made this I haven’t made another one. Just….bravo. And of course, my Burrata problem has already led me to purchase more (it was $12.99 too, but I had a 20% off coupon, so all’s not lost).

 

Adapted from { Pickled Nectarine Salad with Burrata – Bon Appetit }

  • 2 nectarines, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups torn arugula
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 8 ounces burrata or fresh mozzarella, cut into big “globs”
  1. Toss nectarines, onion, vinegar, and sugar in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Let sit 10 minutes.
  2. Pour off pickling liquid from nectarines and onion, reserving liquid. Add greens, basil, 2 tablespoons oil, and 2–3 tablespoons reserved liquid; toss to combine.
  3. Place burrata on plates, top with salad, and drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper.

 

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3 Responses to “Burrata: My New Obsession”

  1. vinoinlove July 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    Burrata is so delicious! I used to buy it all the time when I was living in Bologna, Italy. Thanks for bringing back good memories 🙂 Now I need some burrata!

    • Tracy Lee Karner July 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      Now I need some burrata! I’ll be heading over to Federal Hill tomorrow, hoping to find some. I’ll tell them you sent me. 😉

  2. Megan @ MegGoesNomNom July 30, 2013 at 12:23 am #

    DANG. Everything about this salad sounds amazing. Want. I have actually not had burrata myself before. I might have to mosey over to plum market with one of those coupons…

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