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Burrata with heirloom tomatoes

Burrata with heirloom tomatoes

Every now and then, I like to treat myself to something nice to eat from Harrod’s Food Hall. I really like Selfridge’s and Harvey Nichol’s also, but Harrod’s is so vast and decadent and full of treats. On a recent visit I spied a buffalo cheese that I hadn’t seen before – burrata – of which there where two types, one normal and one with truffle. I was so intrigued but I didn’t actually buy any, I was on a mission that day and was looking for borlotti beans. I went back the following week, but, to my dismay, there was no burrata to be had. It’s delivered on a Tuesday and always sells out on the day.

So, the following Tuesday, I made sure I got down there to buy some of this intriguing cheese, but there was none there! I waited impatiently for the lady behind the counter, just to check, and happily they had a box of it stowed away in a fridge. They didn’t have the truffle one so I got the normal one.

Some background on burrata for anyone like me that hadn’t come across it before: it’s a fresh cheese made from buffalo milk and cream from water buffalos. Traditionally it was wrapped in vine leaves, but now is more commonly wraped in plastic. When making it, the hot cheese is formed into a pocket, which is then filled with leftover mozzarella. Fresh cream is added before closing and wrapping in the fresh or synthetic leaves. The fresh leaves would have been an indicator of the freshness of the cheese, if the leaves were green, then the cheese was fresh, if not, it wasn’t.

What does it taste like? A really fresh and milky mozarella. Really delicious. I ate it with with large slices of heirloom tomatoes and some fruity extra virgin olive oil. It was wonderful and shall be adapted for many lunches and starters in the future.

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9 Comments

  1. Ooooh, yummy! I’ve never tried burrata either, sounds delish though. As if I need an excuse to get myself down to Harrod’s food hall!

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  2. I just discovered burrata this Tuesday.
    The new Italian in the City, l’Anima, does a very tasty ‘wood roasted aubergine & burrata’ dish.

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  3. Argh! Just realised that my reply to the above comments disappeared :-( Sorry.

    Helen, it’s lovely, really milky and fresh. Get down there :-)

    George, I am such a big fan now, I shall be seeking out when I go to Italy in September!

    Food snob, I must check out l’aniam – that sounds good!

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  4. Yum – have heard of this but never had it. Sound like just the ticket with gloriously flavoursome tomatoes!

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  5. So funny! I saw burrata on a menu the other day and had never tried it before – I didn’t order it b/c I wasn’t sure what it was (and didn’t want to ask, I would have mispronounced it :o) but I know I’ll definitely have to try it sometime soon!

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