Tomatoes, Basil, & Burrata: The Perfect Appetizer

Tomatoes and burrata

I’ve never been able to resist a good caprese salad. The mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil… the combination of flavors is a close-your-eyes-to-enjoy-it-even-more classic. I’ve now been on two dates where the restaurant featured some kind of caprese salad, and this was how I was introduced to burrata cheese.

If you have never heard of it, burrata cheese is very similar to mozzarella but it’s more like a ball of mozzarella filled with much softer, almost liquid-y cheese. It’s… amazing. At my local grocery store they sell fresh burrata cheese at $10, but then mark it half off or even more right before the sell-by date, and that’s when I scoop it up.

So, I have been learning to make this beautiful and simple appetizer myself and wanted to share the recipe!

  • 1 large tomato
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • Good olive oil – just like Martha says!
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 burrata ball

Slice the tomato and spread the slices in a circle, leaving a blank space in the middle of the circle. Either chop up or leave the basil leaves whole, and sprinkle over the tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes and basil, and sprinkle sea salt over them to taste. Assuming the burrata ball is in water, remove it from the liquid, gently pat dry with a paper towel, and place in the center of the plate in the middle of the tomatoes.

So simple! Make this appetizer when preparing for a romantic night in with a glass of wine. Can you just imagine this followed by spaghetti carbonara and tiramisu? Mmmm 🙂

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