Monday, July 4, 2011

What is Burrata?

At the Houston Dairymaids one of our most frequently asked questions is, "Do y'all have that fresh mozzarella this week?" About every other week, we fly in fresh burrata, made on Thursday and delivered on Friday.

Burrata is a type of mozzarella, the outer skin the same as a regular mozzarella ball, but the inside is filled with doughy, stringy curd and fresh cream. And it is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.  On Saturday I came home with a bunch of burrata, as we had plenty leftover during the holiday weekend and I refuse to let cheese go to waste. I also had a basket of tomatoes my mom brought me from her garden the previous weekend that were getting close to their expiration date. With the help of my herb garden, I created a salad for 4th of July cookout.

Burrata Tomato Salad
in a bowl mix:
Sliced tomato
Chopped basil leaves
Burrata, broken and spread throughout
salt and pepper to taste

Creamy Artichoke Pesto
in a food processor mix
1 c of basil
1/4 c of pine nuts
2 tablespoons of green onons
1/2 7.5 jar of marinated artichoke hearts (with oil)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons garlic
1/4+ c of grated Parmesan (I used SarVecchio Parmesan)
quarter bag of Burrata
(I sorta just eyeballed the portions, but pretty much any combination of these ingredients would be good)