Burrata, meaning "buttery" in Italian is a fresh cheese made from a mix of mozzarella and cream. The outside thin shell is a pasta filata curd made of buffalo and/or cow's milk mozzarella while the insides contain a soft, doughy, stringy, mixture of curd and fresh cream. The cheese originated in the Apulia region of Italy known for sheep farming and agriculture. It is sold traditionally in asphodel leaves with a polyethylene plastic bag over it. The green color of asphodel leaves is an indicator of the freshness of the cheese.
When you cut open a Burrata, it oozes with buttery and creamy panna containing scraps of mozzarella. The cream has a rich flavor and has to be eaten immediately since it is a fresh cheese. Burrata is usually served fresh at room temperature and beyond 48 hours, it is considered past its prime. The taste of Burrata goes well with salads, crusty bread, and prosciutto, fresh tomatoes with olive oil and with spaghetti.
Other Italian cheeses:
Asiago, Asiago d’Allevo, Bra, Calcagno, Canestrato, Fiore Sardo, Grana, Grana Padano, Montasio Vecchio, Parmesan, ... show all ... , Pecorino, Pecorino in Walnut Leaves, Pecorino Romano, Piave, Piave Vecchio , Piave Vecchio Selezione Oro, Pressato, Ragusano, Raschera, Ricotta Salata, Romano, Toscanello, Ubriaco, Zanetti Grana Padano, Zanetti Parmigiano Reggiano
Castelmagno, Fresh Truffles, Montasio Mezzano, Piave Fresco, Provolone, Provolone del Monaco, Provolone Valpadana, Toma
Asiago Pressato, Bel Paese, Bocconcini, Caciotta Al Tartufo, Casciotta di Urbino, Fontina Val d'Aosta, Fresh Truffles, Il Boschetto al Tartufo, Mozzarella, Pannerone, Quadrello di Bufala, Scamorza, Sottocenere al Tartufo, Taleggio
Caciocavallo, Caciotta, Crescenza, Dolcelatte, Formaggio di capra, Fresh Truffles, Gorgonzola, Gorgonzola Cremificato, Mascarpone Torta, Montasio, Mozzarella di Bufala, Pannerone, Quartirolo Lombardo
fresh firm cheeses:
fresh soft cheeses:
Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Ricotta, Galbani, Mascarpone