When I first heard the word burrata, I thought it was some sort of Latin dance like salsa or meringue. However, unlike these two dances which are also known synonymously as types of food (one is a sauce and the other is a confectionery treat), burrata is just a type of food. At least, to my knowledge. If it’s actually a dance, that’s news to me!
I came across burrata when Gail from snapshotincursive mentioned it in her recipe posting about delicious Burrata Meatballs. If the name isn’t enough, check out her recipe after staring at her beautifully mouthwatering photo below!
Being a cheese lover and never actually having the joy of tasting burrata cheese, I was highly motivated to find out more about it and hunt it down. This is what I discovered:
Burrata cheese is a fresh, semi-soft cheese made from cow’s milk, leftover scraps of mozzarella cheese and cream. It’s a fresh curd that is dipped into a hot whey and stretched and kneaded. It’s texture is pliable, but it has some resistance and bounce to it too. So far so good, right?
I was fortunate enough to find burrata at a restaurant that made it fresh, which also meant a minimal 20 minute waiting time (though I’m sure it takes longer than that to make it). It was doused in honey and truffle cream and when it arrived, it looked like a flat, creamy blob that was accompanied with freshly toasted focaccia crostini.
It had an interesting texture to it. When I cut into it, I expected it to just flatten out but it magically retained it’s shape. Needless to say, it was soft yet firm. It tasted similar to mozzarella cheese (obviously), but not as strong and had a creaminess in the middle. The texture somewhat reminded me of Québeçois cheese curds, minus the squeakiness. The added honey sweetened the flavour of the cheese and the truffle cream created an earthy taste to it. It was interesting, to say the least! From what I understand, it’s not common to find burrata at a typical grocery store, so if you’re looking for it you may need to find a cheese specialty store or a restaurant that makes it fresh. Give it a try and let me know what you think. 🙂