I came across Burrata cheese for the first time at a cookery masterclass run by Finish dishwasher tablets with chef Florence Knight.
The Leiths-trained head chef at Soho restaurant Polpetto might have been beautiful and tiny, but she was a steely sort so there was no messing around and any corner cutting like using a garlic press was severely frowned upon. *I think I may have openly guffawed when she came out with that*
If you’re interested you can read more about what we got up to with Florence over on Laura’s blog How To Cook Good Food… but it was a really fun experience where not only did we get to cook and eat scrummy Italian nosh and talk about how great Finish dishwasher tablets are… I also got to meet my great friend Sian of Fishfingers For Tea in the flesh for the first time, and we both fell for Burrata cheese in a BIG way!
So with love of a new ingredient in my heart, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the stuff. This beautiful dish is very simple, perfect as a dinner party starter or perhaps even a quick lunch with a special touch. I served it up with pomegranate seeds and a liberal drizzle of olive oil, sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
When you’re drizzling olive oil on a dish like this you want it to be extra virgin so you get the lovely flavours – I was testing out ASK Italian’s new season olive oil and it was more than up to the task. It’s £8 a bottle if you fancy trying it yourself.
Be sure to have some slices of buttered sourdough on the side to mop up the squishy creamy cheese and olive oil – to die for.
It’s an artisanal cheese from Southern Italy, made from the scraps of mozzarella left over during production combined with cream. You’re presented with a squishy globe of cheese that feels like a water bomb when you hold it. Once you cut in, creamy innards ooze out in a rather hedonistic manner. It’s best to rip it into pieces to get a full appreciation of the gorgeous stringy strands. It tastes really buttery and is very easy to get hooked on it. Be warned.
Where can I get hold of it?
I found it in tubs at Waitrose, but i’m sure specialist Italian delis would have it too should you be lucky enough to live near one!
I think the simpler the better, but here are a few ideas from around the web for inspiration…
Disclosure: I was paid a fee to attend the Florence Knight cookery masterclass where we were all interviewed on camera about Finish dishwasher tablets. Thanks to Ask Italian for sending me a bottle of their new season extra virgin olive oil to try.