Burrata appetizer with tomatoes is an elegant Italian inspired appetizer perfect for a special get together. Pair this creamy cheese with your favorite glass of wine!
Italy is an amazing vacation destination! I love the culture, history and the food! Oh, and don’t forget the wine! While on my trip to Italy I stumbled upon a quaint little restaurant. I love trying new things, experiencing flavors I’ve never had before. Burrata cheese and truffle pizza?! Yes please! I took the waiters recommendation and tried burrata cheese. It was absolutely delicious! I couldn’t wait to try making my own recipes with this new discovery.
What is Burrata?
Burrata is a cheese made in Italy from cows' milk. The outer part of the cheese is 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. I even found several recipes on how to make your own burrata if your feeling very adventurous: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-to-make-burrata_n_6331216. This tutorial has great step by step videos.
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.
I’m a sucker for an appetizer that goes well with a glass of red wine. I tested this recipe at my mom's house. She had never heard of this type of cheese but agreed it was perfect with the grilled bread and tomatoes.
How to make burrata appetizer
This is such a simple but beautiful appetizer! Plus it can be ready in 10 minutes. I like this appetizer if I’m having just a few friends over for a wine and appetizer night. The burrata would be a little expensive if serving for a large group.
Start with quartering grape tomatoes, slicing fresh basil, and drizzling the mixture with olive oil. I have a cast iron grill pan that gives perfect grill marks on my bread. After brushing each slice with olive oil lay the sliced bread on grill pan and weigh it down by placing something heavy on top. I used another smaller cast iron skillet.
If you do not have a grill pan you can toast the bread in oven.
Once the bread is grilled, spoon tomatoes over bread. The burrata is in a liquid that you will just discard. Drain liquid, grab ball of burrata and gently slice in half. These are large pieces of cheese so you could quarter if you want to make it go further. Place burrata on top of tomatoes and drizzle with a little more olive oil and garnish with basil.
This appetizer will definitely impress your friends and be the perfect pairing with a glass of wine!
Burrata Appetizer with Tomatoes
- grill pan
- 2 balls Burrata cheese
- 4 slices Italian bread
- 1 -2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
- 6-8 leaves fresh basil
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
- Prep ingredients by combining sliced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Heat grill pan on medium heat, brush bread with olive oil, and place in pan once hot. Bread will need to be weighed down with another heavy skillet to achieve good grill marks.
- Remove bread from pan and arrange on serving plate with tomato.
- Take each ball of burrata cheese, slicing in half and place on top of tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with basil leaves.