During the steamy days of summer, we tend towards foods and drinks that are lighter, fresher, and simpler. Our choice of cheeses is no different. In my mind, Burrata could be the poster child for summer cheese. While made all year round, the simplicity of the style and the flavors that compliment it make it perfect for the hot summer days.
So what is Burrata anyway? Burrata is a fresh cow’s milk cheese traditionally made with the curds left from mozzarella production. Once the curds could no longer be formed into mozzarella balls, an ingenious cheesemaker created Burrata. A smooth pouch of mozzarella is filled with the bits of curd — ritagli or “rags” — left from cheesemaking, cream is added, the pouch is closed and the cream and curd work their magic. The result is a cheese with a fresh, creamy flavor, and silky paste that showcases the flavor and quality of the fresh milk and cream.
One of the best things about Burrata is how simple it is to enjoy. A drizzle of olive oil, and a grind of salt and pepper is simple perfection. Burrata can also be substituted for mozzarella to take the traditional caprese salad to the next level. It also is fantastic paired with the fruits of the season. Just pair with some grilled peaches or figs and a drizzle of balsamic for a summery, elegant dessert. Stop by the cheese counter and get yours!