Small confession, my husband Scott and I have become obsessed with burrata cheese from Italy. Yes I know that Italy is not a region in France and that burrata cheese may be an unusual choice for French Fridays but this Friday it’s on the menu. Burrata is a fresh tasting rich creamy cheese with an intense milky flavor which can be served drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil much like fresh mozzarella cheese. In fact burrata is made from mozzarella and cream, the outer shell is mozzarella and the creamy inside is made by adding cream to the left over scraps of mozzarella. We found it on the menu at A16 in San Francisco where it is served plain with crostini and now pretty much order it every time we see it. So last Saturday when I discovered it on the take out menu from Rosso Pizzeria at the Santa Rosa farmers market I admit to becoming a little giddy especially since the salad recipe this week for French Fridays with Dorie called for either mozzarella or burrata cheese. So of course it was my duty to buy the burrata to use for Dorie’s salad recipe. The Saturday morning Santa Rosa farmers market is a big buzzing market with what seems like more vendors and booths every week. A few weeks ago I brought home herbs for my garden and last week I found red amaranth at the farmers market, an herb you don’t normally see that has a slightly bitter beet like flavor which I hoped would offer an interesting contrast to the creamy burrata cheese. I have to apologize for posting two recipes in a row (Goat Cheese Muffins with Scallions and Chives-earlier this week) that featured creamy centers that I did not photograph showing off their interiors. I have no excuse other than thinking more about eating than photographing, we were hungry! In my defense I do think the exterior of this burrata cheese is interesting because you can see the envelope of mozzarella cheese in nice detail. Here is a link to a photo of a burrata that someone remembered to cut open, just scroll down to see the creamy indulgence. French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group that I have been participating in since March of this year. We are cooking our way through Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. We have been asked not to give the recipes for the dishes we make but to refer you to the cookbook for the recipes, which is one you should consider adding to your collection. Please check out the other contributors hereat French Fridays with Dorie.
Burrata, Tomato and Strawberry Salad for French Fridays with Dorie
June 24, 2011 · 27 Comments