Burrata cheese is quickly rising to the top of my “Favorite Cheese List” – and I mean quickly. This was only my third time having it, which may seem a bit premature but it is deeeelish! My first experience was at Mozza Mia and then most recently at my cousins house in LA. I’m obsessed.
Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. It is usually served fresh, at room temperature. The name “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian. (Source)
It’s creamy, soft and totally melts in your mouth. Simple is best – some olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper with toasted crostini is all it really needs. I served it alongside some Italian cured meats as well.
I tried two versions – a $5 Trader Joe’s version and a $15 version from Surdyk’s (local cheese shop) and I really think it is worth the extra $10 – so buy high quality if available. With that said the TJ’s Burrata was very good as well so it is a great choice for budget shoppers. They were also a bit different. The Trader Joe’s Burrata had a formed outer shell, with a soft, runny center (doesn’t it look like a poached egg?) and the other version was very soft throughout, and didn’t have two separate textures.