Have you ever heard of burrata before? Ever tasted it? If not, you are in for a real treat. Burrata is a soft, Italian cheese, made to be eaten fresh. While burrata looks like mozzarella, it is not the same. Burrata uses mozzarella but goes way beyond the mozzarella. Burrata has an outer shell, or rind, made of mozzarella, somewhat like a pouch, filled with a creamy, buttery-type combination of curds and fresh cream. While mozzarella forms part of burrata, the two kinds of cheese are not the same.
While many kinds of cheese contain starter bacterias, burrata does not. The process of making burrata includes only mozzarella curds and cream. (Hey, no one ever claimed this was low-fat!) You can see how this will produce a very fresh-tasting cheese.
Now that you know what burrata is, you should read through the following recipes for some great ideas showcasing this cheese. Find some delicious ways to use burrata – salads, pizza, even burrata for breakfast! You will surely find something amazing to try!
Burrata is beautifully textured, with a smooth finish to it.
With a soft shell and creamy middle, it’s the perfect ingredient to match against a whole array of different dishes.
Here are 17 of the best burrata recipes to help you get your dairy fix.
1. Prosciutto Arugula Burrata Pizza
This homemade pizza features some great textures and amazing flavor combinations that you will love. Start with the freshly made pizza dough, add some olive oil, and then pile on the flavor! You will find the saltiness of the prosciutto, the creaminess of the burrata and mozzarella, a bit of spice from the arugula, and a hint of heat from some red pepper flakes. All drizzled with a balsamic glaze. What’s not to like?
2. Caramelized Onion Carbonara
Ahh, roasted Brussels sprouts! We could stop there. Roasted Brussels sprouts are so good. But no, this recipe adds to that initial goodness with some bacon, pasta, caramelized onions, and cheese. Creamy cheese, and not just one kind. Try three different types of creamy cheese in this one recipe: parmesan, gruyere, and, of course, burrata. Combine all those cheeses with a fresh carbonara sauce, some fresh chives, the pasta, bacon, and Brussels sprouts, and you have yourself a winning recipe.
3. Caprese Burrata Garlic Bread
Think of a fresh summer Caprese salad – on bread. And not just any bread – a light ciabatta or sourdough bread is used in this recipe. Add some pesto, some tasty cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic and oregano, and of course, the cheese. The creamy burrata cheese. All melted and gooey on top of the bread. This recipe is sure to become one of your summer staples! Perfect for easy summer entertaining.
4. Broccoli Rabe Burrata Pizza
Are you a basic pizza person? You know, cheese, pepperoni, sausage? Time to up your game with this specialty pizza. Broccoli rabe sauteed with olive oil forms the “sauce” for this pizza. Add in some kalamata olives, garlic, basil, pepperoni, and parmesan cheese, and you get a fabulous upgrade to your standard pizza. But wait! There’s more. Burrata cheese melted over everything lifts this pizza over the top! This pizza may be your new favorite.
5. Grilled Peach Tartines
Have you ever heard of a tartine? Basically, it is a fancy term for an open-faced sandwich. This tartine recipe focuses on the flavors of grilled peaches and burrata cheese. The burrata is spread on toasted slices of quality bread and topped with grilled peaches. The tartine also uses a bit of fresh basil and some honey to top everything off. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
6. Flatbread with Fava Beans
Are you looking for a simple, nutritious recipe for grilling this summer? This recipe is just what you need. Grill your dough, then spread with the toppings, and you have a delicious summer dish. And what toppings go on this dough? Fava beans, cucumbers, and of course, burrata! What could be easier? You can prepare your fava beans up to three days in advance. And by grilling the dough for the bread, your kitchen will stay nice and cool.
7. Sicilian Baked Eggs
This recipe takes the concept of a skillet meal and ramps it up several notches! Layer the spicy tomato sauce with the spinach, artichokes, and burrata, top with eggs, and then bake in a cast-iron skillet for less than half an hour. Served with toast, this is a unique take on a dip combined with a skillet meal. What’s not to love?
8. Heirloom Tomato, Beet And Burrata Salad
This salad is not just a feast for your tastebuds; it is a feast for your eyes as well. The bright and contrasting colors of the tomatoes, beets, burrata, and basil are sure to delight. And what a great combination of flavors! Fresh tomatoes and beets, creamy burrata, basil, and balsamic vinegar all combined into this tasty and colorful salad!
9. Burrata Breakfast Pizza
Pizza for breakfast? Why not? But this is not your ordinary breakfast pizza. You will find that this pizza includes a typical tomato-based sauce, but uses burrata instead of mozzarella or provolone. This recipe also includes sausage, bacon, and eggs. Everything you want for breakfast and then some! Make it in your oven or out on the grill.
10. Strawberry Pesto Caprese Salad
Your typical Caprese salad consists of tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella. This recipe puts a slightly different spin on the Caprese salad – fresh strawberries replace the tomatoes. That’s right – this salad uses strawberries, pesto, and burrata (or mozzarella or bocconcini). Very simple to make, very easy to put together.
11. Summer Skillet Gnocchi
Grilling seems to bring out the flavor of so many foods, including corn. This recipe takes grilled corn and combines it with sauteed onions and tomatoes, gnocchi, garlic, arugula, parmesan, and burrata. You can make this inside on your stove or outside on your grill. A perfect summer meal – fresh, colorful, and tasty!