It can be tough work keeping a food blog. Like when you have to eat burrata three times in one week. (1) Create the recipe—eat the burrata. (2) Test the recipe—eat the burrata. (3) Photograph the recipe—eat the burrata.
Burrata–if you haven’t tried it—may just be the most delicious food on the planet. Granted, I haven’t eaten EVERY food on the planet, but I honestly can’t imagine anything more scrumptious than a ball of fresh mozzarella cheese oozing with cream.
The most delicious food on earth becomes even MORE delicious—at the pinnacle of deliciousness, really—when you top it with sliced grilled nectarines, a sprinkle of basil, and some olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and scoop it up with slices of crispy salty grilled bread. Wow.
I know you are probably wondering how the heck this dish belongs on an “I cook kid-friendly family meals” blog. And while it’s true that I have never met a burrata-loving child (mine among them), I have yet to meet one who would not appreciate a side dish of sweet and salty grilled nectarines. (Just throw a couple of extra ones on the BBQ.) Not to mention that once you try burrata, you’ll be happy if there’s no one around to share it with. In fact, you might find yourself telling the kids that burrata—like beer, margaritas and cappuccinos—is “only for adults”.
You may also be wondering: is this breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? An appetizer? A main course? And to that I say this is all things and everything that you want it to be. The first time I made it, my mom, Kiwi, Bean and I ate it for dinner with a whack of grilled sausages, bread and roasted veggies (photo evidence above). The second time, I served it to friends at their lakeside cottage, alongside some flatiron steaks (marinated and finished with garlic scape butter), kale salad and roasted cauliflower salad (photo evidence below). And the third time, I ate it all by myself as a 430 pm pick-me-up.
If you can’t find burrata (I understand it can be hard to find in some places), you could probably substitute some cow’s or buffalo’s milk fresh mozzarella (aka bocconcini). It is sure to be tasty, but won’t have quite the same burrata wow factor.