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luscious Burrata cheese with tomatoes or roasted peppers

Burrata or mozzarella cheese makes an easy, delicious first course or side dish for any type of meal- Italian or otherwise.  The flavors of tomatoes can vary tremendously when not in season (season is summer and early fall) which makes roasted red peppers a good substitute for the tomatoes.  I usually just buy good quality jarred roasted peppers in olive oil.

The beauty of this recipe is you can add other vegetables or flavors- a little fresh pesto with the tomatoes, a blend of sun dried and fresh tomatoes or even just a few olives and some torn basil with a drizzle olive oil.

..and don’t forget to serve with a nice piece of warm focaccia.

luscious Burrata cheese with tomatoes or roasted peppers

Burrata or mozzarella cheese makes an easy, delicious first course or side dish for any type of meal- Italian or otherwise.  The flavors of tomatoes can vary tremendously when not in season (season is summer and early fall) which makes roasted red peppers a good substitute for the tomatoes.  I usually just buy good quality jarred roasted peppers in olive oil.

The beauty of this recipe is you can add other vegetables or flavors- a little fresh pesto with the tomatoes, a blend of sun dried and fresh tomatoes or even just a few olives and some torn basil with a drizzle olive oil.

..and don’t forget to serve with a nice piece of warm focaccia.

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Ingredients

Recipe serves: 8
4 medium or two large rounds Burrata cheese
4 large yellow and red heirloom tomatoes or 20 small cherry tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
olive oil
16 basil leaves, 8 chopped and 8 whole for garnish
salt
pepper
2 jars of red peppers as optional substitute for tomatoes
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Burrata cheese originates from the region of Puglia, the boot of Italy and is made from stracciatella, which are tiny mozzarella curds mixed with cream.  Opening the knotted sack is a bit similar to a molten cake with a creamy, lushness oozing from its core.  The cheese should be eaten no more than a day or two after purchase to assure the best taste and texture.

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luscious Burrata cheese with tomatoes or roasted peppers
  • time
    depends
  • serves
    8
  • skill level
    Easy

Ingredients

Directions

1
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Chop tomatoes into 1/2 inch (1mm) cubes. Place in medium size mixing bowl.

2
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Add garlic, a good amount of olive oil (3 tablespoons or more). Mix well and ideally let sit for a couple of hours to let the garlic and tomatoes to meld together.

3
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Season with salt and pepper, and add fresh chopped basil and mix well together. Taste and season as necessary.

4
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Remove Burrata cheese from water and drain well in a strainer.

5
Done

Cut Burrata balls into halves or quarters depending on the size. You want each portion to be about the 1/2 cup.

6
Done

Place Burrata on individual serving plates, or on large one, and break apart with your fingers. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

7
Done

Top Burrata with tomatoes (or grilled marinated peppers and or your favorite olives), sprinkle with olive oil, fresh ground pepper and a large basil leaf for garnish.

8
Done

Serve with a warm slice of focaccia.