On first glance, burrata may remind you of another well-known cheese – fresh mozzarella. That’s because the outer shell of burrata is made from soft mozzarella. But its inner texture makes all the difference. The buttery interior of burrata cheese is filled with cream and cheese curd that spills out when you slice into it. This creamy deliciousness will absolutely blow you away!
Want to find out more? Here’s everything you needed to know about burrata cheese.
What is Burrata Cheese and Where Did It Originate?
Burrata cheese, or as we like to call it – a little piece of cheese heaven, is a fresh, soft cheese usually made from cow’s milk.
Burrata is a relatively young cheese variety, originating from the Apulia region of Southern Italy. It is believed to have been created in the early 20th century. And like with many different foods, there are different stories and legends about its invention. One popular legend credits a group of Italian cheesemakers who were trying to figure out how to use all the curd left from mozzarella production. They would take the mozzarella curd and combine it with cream, creating the creamy filling distinct for burrata. That’s also how this cheese got its name. The word “burrata” refers to the way the cheese is sealed or “tied” by twisting the mozzarella shell around the buttery interior.
Another story is that burrata cheese was created as per one nobleman’s wishes to indulge in a cheese that’s even softer and creamier than mozzarella. Wherever the truth may lie, we are extremely happy burrata cheese has found its way to many different cuisines and dishes. It has truly become an iconic cheese beloved not just in Italy, but all around the world.
What does Burrata Cheese Taste Like?
A single bite of burrata cheese will make you forget all your worries! This cheese is known for its mild flavor and rich texture. Its taste is delicate and mild, with a hint of tanginess from the fresh milk that’s used to make it.
The contrast between the creamy interior and the slightly firmer exterior of this cheese is what makes it so addictive, and such a great choice for salads. The soft and velvety filling is just waiting to be scooped with a crusty baguette, freshly baked focaccia or some crunchy breadsticks.
How do You Eat Burrata Cheese?
Even though it’s considered a young cheese variety, Burrata has become a very popular addition to many different dishes. With its creamy texture and mild flavor, this cheese complements all kinds of dishes. Dare we say every dish?
If it’s still unclear how to best use Burrata cheese, we’ve got some great suggestions coming your way. Since we’re big fans of pizzas (and who isn’t?), burrata cheese pizza is definitely one of our favorites. You can easily make it at home, with just a couple of ingredients and a lot of love. This cheese goes so well on pizza, because the creamy texture is enhanced by the heat of the oven. When you cut into it, the rich filling spills out creating a delicious contrast with other toppings. Yum! Check out the recipe for Burrata pizza on our app!
If you’ve already had your fair share of burrata pizza and you’d like to try something “more exotic”, we seriously recommend giving this wonderful Khachapuri a try. The freshly baked dough, the runny egg and the luscious burrata cheese will leave you speechless!
On the other hand, if you’re craving a little freshness without using the oven, burrata cheese can be easily incorporated in salads. It pairs extremely well with seasonal ingredients, like tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, basil, dill, and arugula. If you like to experiment a little bit with flavors, definitely check out this salad recipe on Samsung Food. The perfect mixture between savory and sweet ingredients, combined with the freshness of burrata cheese will make you reconsider everything you know about salads.
How is Burrata Cheese Made?
Burrata is most commonly made out of cow’s milk, but versions with buffalo milk are also very popular among cheesemakers. The process of making burrata cheese is similar to that of traditional mozzarella, with an additional step in which the delicious filling is made.
Firstly, the milk is heated to a certain temperature that kills off the harmful bacteria, leaving the good bacteria to work their magic. This process is called pasteurization. Secondly, citric acid is added to the milk to lower its pH level. Because of that, the milk is able to coagulate properly. The next step is adding rennet, an enzyme which allows for the cheese curds to form. The cheese curds are then gently stirred and kneaded. This process helps the outer shell to form and gain its characteristic ball shape, texture and elasticity.
Then the creamy interior is made by mixing fresh cream and remaining cheese curds. And last but not least, the outer shell is sealed to prevent the filling from spilling before its time. Burrata is then usually stored in brine which adds flavor and helps to preserve the cheese for a longer period of time.
Can I Make Burrata at Home?
The answer is yes! Bear in mind that making burrata cheese at home can be a little bit tricky. But if you’re up for a challenge, we’ve got the steps broken down for you. And you know what they say: “if at first you don’t succeed…”.
Okay, so the first thing you have to do when making burrata cheese at home is heat the milk in a large pot until it reaches 40-43°C (105-110°F). For the milk to be able to coagulate, you’ll need to add either citric acid or lemon juice. The next step is adding rennet to the milk, while gently stirring. Let that mixture sit undisturbed for about 30-45 minutes. When you see the cheese curds form, you’ll know it’s time for the next step.
Cut the curd to form small pieces and cook them while stirring gently. The maximum temperature shouldn’t go over 57°C (135°F). Then, using a slotted spoon, drain the curds from the whey and dip them in hot water. Knead the curds until they gain a texture similar to mozzarella. Create the outer shell by stretching the curds and forming them in pouch or ball. Mix the remaining cheese curds with cream to create the filling. Seal the cheese ball to prevent the filling to spill out by twisting or tying the top. For even more flavor, leave the cheese to soak in a brine solution. And there you have it! Home-made burrata is ready to be enjoyed!
Burrata vs. Mozzarella
With a very similar exterior and shape, it’s completely understandable why burrata cheese and mozzarella get mixed up. Both cheeses are of the same origin and are made from fresh milk. But if you dig a little deeper (literally), you’ll spot the difference immediately. Burrata has a lush and creamy center – a delicious mixture of cheese curds and cream. On the other hand, mozzarella cheese has a homogenic and elastic structure, that’s ideal for melting. While mozzarella is widely used for its mild flavor, burrata is loved for its unique combination of a slightly firmer outer shell and a buttery interior.
But one thing is certain, whether you’re looking for a more decadent cheese experience or a more subtle flavor, you can’t really go wrong with burrata cheese. We recommend trying it in different dishes and luckily there are plenty of those in our app. That will certainly help you develop your own preferences and tastes.