Take a classic Italian bruschetta recipe and add a piece of creamy burrata cheese to the top for an extraordinary appetizer! Bruschetta is a light and fresh appetizer loaded with fresh tomatoes making it perfect for summertime entertaining!
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Why This Burratta burschetta is the Best!
Most of us are familiar with bruschetta, a classic Italian appetizer loaded with ripe tomatoes, sautéed garlic, red onion and fresh basil. This is a popular appetizer you will find at most Italian restaurants. But maybe we aren’t as familiar with burrata, a creamy Italian cheese. If you have never tried burrata, I promise you when you add this delicious mild cheese to the top of a garlicky piece of bruschetta you will instantly be in love. You can thank me later!
I love quick recipes that are made with simple ingredients. This is an easy appetizer recipe that is perfect for entertaining and can even be made for a light healthy lunch. Creamy burrata bruschetta is perfect with a glass of wine or sangria!
What is Burrata?
Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made in Italy from cow's milk. The outer part of the cheese is fresh mozzarella which is hand filled with a cream and curd center. I was so surprised the first time slicing into the burrata. It’s like a little purse filled with a creamy center.
How to serve burrata
Serve burrata at room temperature. It’s perfect for an appetizer, paired with tomatoes or spread on Italian bread. Of course it goes well on pizza or even in pasta dishes.
burrata-can be found in most local grocery stores. It usually sold in a container containing 2 balls. A ball of burrata cheese is large enough in size, and can be cut into 4 pieces each.
basil- fresh basil leaves always have the best flavor. Do not substitute dried basil for this recipe.
tomatoes- I love the flavor of small grape or cherry tomatoes but you can use any tomato you prefer or may have growing in your garden. Roma tomatoes are another great choice!
garlic-use fresh garlic cloves for the best flavor. Garlic powder can not be substituted in this recipe.
baguette-select your favorite Italian style bread loaf from your local bakery.
olive oil- because this recipe focuses on just a few fresh ingredients, make sure to use a good quality olive oil. Extra-virgin olive oil is always my favorite.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil to the pan and wait until it is hot to add the garlic. Sauté the garlic for 30 seconds to a minute being cautious to not burn. Once garlic is fragrant remove from heat to allow to cool.
Chop the grape tomatoes into quarters and finely dice the red onion. To cut the basil leaves use the chiffonade method which means to roll the leaves and slice into thin strips.
Once the roasted garlic has cooled add it to the tomato mixture. Make sure to pour in all of the olive oil that has now been infused with amazing garlic flavor! Season with salt and black pepper.
Preheat the broiler feature on your oven to high heat. Slice the baguette in ½ inch thick slices and line them up on a rimmed baking sheet. Depending on the size of your bread slices you may need to do this in batches.
Toast baguette slices in the oven for a minute per side. Stay by your oven and watch closely and do not get distracted like I do on occasion or you will end up with burnt bread. Broilers work very quickly!
Once the bread is toasted and the tomato mixture is finished it is time to assemble the burrata bruschetta.
Lay toasted bread slices on a serving platter. Top with tomato mixture covering the slice of bread. Cut the ball of burrata into 4 pieces. Place a piece of burrata on top of the tomato bruschetta.
To garnish drizzle the top of the cheese with Homemade Balsamic Glaze or balsamic vinegar and a little more basil.
Substitutions and additions
If you can not find burrata you can substitute with fresh mozzarella cheese cut into thin slices.
If you love olives like me, chop a few kalamata olives to add to the burrata bruschetta recipe.
Make Ahead Tips
You can make this appetizer ahead of time by preparing the tomato mixture and refrigerate a day in advance. Do not assemble the bruschetta until you are ready to serve to keep the bread from getting soggy.
Should bruschetta topping be served hot or cold?
The tomato mixture should be served cold on a toasted piece of baguette.
What is a Substitute For Basil Leaves?
Other fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, parsley or mint can be substituted for the basil in bruschetta.
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Easy Tomato Bruschetta with Burrata Recipe
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 balls burrata cheese, cut into quarters
- 1 baguette, cut into ½ inch slices
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
- 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
- 4 leaves fresh basil, sliced chiffonade style
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Place a small sauté pan over medium heat.
- Once pan is warm add olive oil and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant, being cautious to not burn.
- Remove pan from the heat. Add the garlic and olive oil to a small bowl to cool while preparing other ingredients.
- Wash and cut the tomatoes into quarters, finely chop red onion and slice basil leaves into thin strips. Add ingredients to a mixing bowl along with the cooled garlic and olive oil it was cooked in. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Preheat the broiler function of your oven to high. Place the baguette slices on a rimmed baking tray and place on the highest rack directly under the broiler. Watch the bread closely. Toast for a minute per side or until lightly toasted.
- To assemble the bruschetta add a spoonful of the tomato mixture to each baguette, a 4th of the burrata, and drizzle with balsamic glaze and extra basil. Arrange on a serving platter and serve immediately.