With its white, shiny and round appearance, with its soft and buttery texture. Burrata cheese is the queen of the Italian fresh cheeses.
For those who do not know it and have never seen it before can be mistaken for fresh mozzarella. But is not. Burrata cheese is something different.
What is the Burrata cheese?
Burrata cheese is a fresh cow’s milk cheese, a dairy preparation typical of Apulia, a region of southern Italy. Invented in 1956 in the city of Andria as a simple and ingenious way for cheese-makers to use mozzarella scraps.
It is appreciated not only in Italy but also all over the world for its softness and goodness.
It has a round shape, like a mozzarella, although there are fundamental differences between the two fresh kinds of cheese.
But let’s find out more.
Before understanding what the Burrata cheese is, let’s see what is the difference between Burrata and mozzarella.
Both kinds of cheese are made from pasta filata also known in English as stretched-curd.
Cheese-makers stretch and knead the curds in hot water or whey until become elastic and smooth. Then they shape it into round balls to make fresh mozzarella cheese.
The process to make mozzarella is over. It is ready to eat!
For the Burrata, the processing goes further. Cheese-makers tear up by hand tiny shreds of mozzarella curds, they mix with thick, fresh cream to get a mixture called “Stracciatella”.
Then they take a ball of what would otherwise be mozzarella and pulling it flat into disks 12 to 15 cm in diameter and about 2-3 cm thick.
They fill the disks with “Stracciatella”, and then they gather the edges of the disks to form a pouch tying them with a tiny ribbon or a knot.
Then they place the burrata balls into the ice bath and let them cool until firm.
Video from The Culinary Institute of America.
How to eat Burrata cheese?
To taste all the fragrance and goodness of the burrata, must serve it at room temperature.
For those who have never tasted it before, I recommend eating it alone to discover its delicacy and creaminess.
There are endless ways to enjoy burrata.
Drizzle it with a pinch of salt and a little oil.
Use it in Caprese salad, replace mozzarella with burrata.
You can make a bruschetta, burrata and basil pesto, or serve it with Parma ham.
It is excellent for topping pizza.
Burrata is also delicious with pasta, for example. “Penne with cherry tomatoes, arugula, and burrata”. Or “Spaghetti with zucchini, burrata mousse, and crispy pancetta”.
Use your imagination and creativity to make delicious dishes with the queen of Italian fresh cheeses.