I have a confession: Until last night, I had made it 30 years without trying burrata. I know, right?! How I managed that, I have no idea. I think I thought I’d had it, but I guess not. For those of you as in the dark as I was, here’s the low down. Burrata is sort of like mozzarella, except not. It is a fresh Italian cheese but instead of being pulled cheese curds (or, rennet & cows milk), it’s finished with cream. Sometimes it is finished with a pouch of mozzarella to hold it in place. The interior cheese is sort of cottage cheese-y in texture, but the flavor is something entirely different. It’s almost sweet, delicate, and out of control delicious. For more information on burrata, check out this link:
The Kitchn: The Uncanny Taste of Burrata
I’ve often seen recipes calling for burrata salad and burrata pizza. I opted for the pizza tonight, since I had the ingredients to put it together. I finally got to finish off that thing of pancetta I bought last week too! I would say that this is definitely a once in a while food, as it is quite rich, but if you’re looking to impress a date or the Queen or something, go for it!
Burrata, Tomato, Basil & Pancetta Pizza
1 pizza crust
1 – 2 oz diced pancetta, sauteed until crisp & drained of fat
1/3 C tomato sauce
1 tomato, thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper
5 basil leaves, chiffonade
Preheat oven to 450 F.
Fit your pizza dough or crust on a pizza stone or pan. Starting in the center, swirl your tomato sauce out towards the edge using a ladle, keeping the layer pretty thin and leaving a crust as wide as you desire. Slice the burrata into 1/4 inch pieces, being careful not to spill all the contents. Put on the pizza, but don’t overload it. It will melt and spread a bit. Also, if you’re doing a thin crust pizza, keep it light. You don’t want to have a soggy mess in the end. Next, place your tomatoes on top of the cheese. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top, followed by salt, pepper, and some italian seasoning. Put pizza in oven. Bake 10 minutes, or until crust is cooked through and cheese is melted. After your remove the pizza, sprinkle the basil on top. Slice and enjoy!