Burrata Cheese

18th November 2010, in Cheese, Dairy, USE IT (0 Comments)

My daughter introduced me to burrata cheese. She works at the Italian Kitchen downtown and on her recommendation we ordered the salad that features it. She was so right.

What is it? Burrata (burro is Italian for butter) is a fresh spun cheese with a creamy centre. If you cut into one, you’ll notice 3 textures. The outside is a stretched 3′x 5″ sheet of mozzarella, drawn up into a little sac then filled with a fresh cream and soft strips of mozzarella (stracciatella). Which means you have chewy, creamy, sweet, yogurty, buttery going around in your mouth at once.

Traditionally served with tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Go no further.

Where to buy: Bosa Foods and Cioffi’s Deli. Bosa’s sources theirs from California and back east; Cioffi’s comes from Italy. It’s packed in water to maintain freshness.

Price: $10.00 (approx). My idea of a perfect hostess gift. But then most food is.

Food historian, Gary Allen has written a wonderful story about this cheese. If that isn’t enough for you, there’s a burrata Facebook page.

Burrata Cheese

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