Sunday, October 12, 2008

La Fete du Fromage- Burrata

Loulou, over at Chez Loulou, is hosting a new event, La Fete du Fromage, celebrating your favorite food and mine, cheese!  This is a prime opportunity to discuss a subject that is recently near and dear to my heart: Burrata.  I have eaten and enjoyed this cheese on four separate occasions in the last two weeks.  On one of those occasions, I single handedly ate one for dinner.  It was fantastic.  And I have to stop.  So we will celebrate Burrata in this little corner of the blogosphere for a few minutes and then he and I will end our little affair. 

oooh burrata . . . 

Burrata is a fresh italian cheese made of mozzarella and cream.  Fresh mozzarella is stretched over a mixture of mozzarella curd and cream, so that when it is cut open, a luxurious, creamy, oozy center is revealed.  It tastes fresh and clean like mozzarella, but soo much , well, sexier. 
oozing creamy goodness

Traditionally, the cheese is wrapped in the leaves of the asphodel plant.  It should be eaten within 24 hours.  The leaves wrapping the cheese should still be green when you serve it.  If not, throw it away.  

I love to eat it on crusty bread or crostini, garnished simply with a little good olive oil and maybe a bit of salt and pepper.  


Carla said...

Hmm, I've never heard of burrata before, but I do like creamy cheeses! You should try chevre (goat's cheese). It's amazing paired with swiss chard and beets.

Loulou said...

I've never been able to find Burrata in France but the next time I go to Italy, I'm definitely going to have to try it. It looks amazing!!!
Thanks for joining in La Fête du Fromage.