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Heavenly, creamy, delicate “burrata” is the fresh Italian cheese that dreams are made of, and once tried, will leave you with little doubt as to why it is crowned the queen of Italian cheeses.
What is Burrata?
Take the most exquisite mozzarella you’ve ever tried and imagine tearing it open with a fork (or even better, pulling it apart with your hands), and the smooth white outer skin revealing an oozing soft and creamy interior: the perfect combination of sfilacciata (or “un-pulled”) mozzarella (the root of whose name, “mozzata,” means “chopped off”) and fresh cream.
Where is Burrata From?
Burrata or "buttered" in English, originally hails from the city of Andria in the Murgia area, in the Puglia region of Southern Italy where it was first made around 100 years ago and is still made by hand with just three simple ingredients: cow’s milk, rennet and cream.
Types of Burrata
There are also several variations of burrata: the bufala burrata is a pulled-curd cheese in a rounded shape, and tied together with vegetal string, where a layer of cow/buffalo cheese hides a central filling of butter (burrata).
Throughout Southern Italy, it’s traditional to fill Provola cheeses of various sizes with butter. Then there's also, burrino, which is also in the Slow Food Ark of Taste, and has its origins in Calabria and Puglia and are very high-fat cheeses that were created to conserve butter as long as possible.
How to Serve Burrata
Burrata is best eaten as fresh as possible - ideally within 24 hours of being made, and always at room temperature.
The delicate creaminess balanced by mild acidity make it delicious served with fresh tomatoes, prosciutto crudo and good quality extra virgin olive oil. Or for simplicity at its finest, try slices of burrino spread onto warm pieces of bread accompanied by a full-bodied red wine.
Burrata is also easy to cook with lending itself to antipasto as well as pasta dishes as well as with meat, fish and vegetables. See our recipe ideas below:
Try these recipes for burrata, from beef tartar with burrata to a lavishly topped burrata pizza.
If you love pizza you won't be able to resist this burrata and squash blossom topping, get the recipe from Turntable Kitchen.