Burrata cheese is quickly rising to the top of my “Favorite Cheese List” – and I mean quickly. This was only my third time having it, which may seem a bit premature but it is deeeelish! My first experience was at Mozza Mia and then most recently at my cousins house in LA. I’m obsessed.

Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella while the inside contains both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. It is usually served fresh, at room temperature. The name “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian.  (Source)

It’s creamy, soft and totally melts in your mouth. Simple is best – some olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper with toasted crostini is all it really needs. I served it alongside some Italian cured meats as well.

I tried two versions – a $5 Trader Joe’s version and a $15 version from Surdyk’s (local cheese shop) and I really think it is worth the extra $10 – so buy high quality if available. With that said the TJ’s Burrata was very good as well so it is a great choice for budget shoppers. They were also a bit different. The Trader Joe’s Burrata had a formed outer shell, with a soft, runny center (doesn’t it look like a poached egg?) and the other version was very soft throughout, and didn’t have two separate textures.

12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    This is a new to me cheese and as I love cheese I will definetly be trying this!

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  2. Faith @ lovelyascharged
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I try not to eat too much cheese, but this definitely looks like a special one that I would splurge on. It sounds absolutely divine!

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  3. Caroline
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    I had a caprese sandwich just last week in NYC that used burrata instead of plain mozzarella. I’m with you – it’s just delicious!

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  4. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    This sounds decadent!

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  5. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    I’m not sure if I have ever tried burrata, but after looking at your pictures I think I need to buy some. Asap.

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  6. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    I thought the first pic was of an egg! I’ve never heard of this type of cheese.

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  7. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Um this looks unbelievable! There is nothing better than creamy cheese :) Can’t wait to try this!

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  8. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    Yum- I do NOT need to know that TJ’s carries that! ;) I think I’ve had this once before on a cheese sampler and it’s really good- it’s pretty mild, right? BTW, I love the new layout- and a pretty pic of you!

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  9. SheFit
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 12:24 am

    I love cheese, unfortunately my stomach does not :( But it looks so good!

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  10. McKayla @ Green Groats
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 5:39 am

    Haha. Yes. I thought this was poached egg at first. I’ve never tried burrata, but you sure do make it sound delicious. Now, I’ve got to try it!!

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  11. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jun 03, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    Just looking at it is making my mouth water. Yum! Where did you buy it??

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  12. Baking Serendipity
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    This is a new cheese to me as well, but it sounds delicious! Definitely a must try…thanks for throwing it on my radar :)

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