Slow-roasted cherry tomatoes over creamy burrata cheese. An appetizer that is seriously, so good! This burrata cheese recipe is so simple and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Remember those Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic Preserved in Olive Oil? I’ve heard from so many of you who’ve made a batch, savoring summer a little longer. As simple as they are to make, they look and taste like something that comes out of a fancy Italian eatery. And if you don’t have a jar of these on hand, you can simply roast a sheet pan of them now, with a good amount of olive oil, salt, and pepper!
But my absolute favorite way is mounded atop a soft and creamy ball of burrata cheese, with ribbons of fresh basil. The seasoned olive oil drizzling down the side and into each swipe of the knife…. sweeping up a sweet, blistered tomato for the perfect bite.
Burrata is a fresh Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream. YUM. The outer shell is solid mozzarella, while the inside contains the cream, giving it the most unique center. As you break through the outer skin, you’re gifted with the decadent cream and curds. It should be at room temperature to fully experience this.
If you can’t find burrata cheese in your grocery store, fresh mozzarella, or buffalo mozzarella are great substitutes. They’re all incredibly delicious and decadent. The biggest difference is that burrata cheese is filled with cream, whereas fresh mozzarella is simply the semi-soft Italian cheese. So you won’t get the same textural contrast.
If you can’t find burrata cheese, buffalo mozzarella would also work, but I would cut it into slices, then spoon the tomatoes over the top, as it isn’t as spreadable typically.
Make sure to let the burrata and tomatoes come to room temperature. This allows for optimal flavor of both, and ensures the cheese is spreadable and gooey in the center when you break into it.
Look for burrata cheese in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores, usually next to the mozzarella. Trader Joe’s has a very affordable one. And f you stop at an Italian market, they will surely have burrata.