Marinated Burrata and Tomato: The Rite of Summer



This is the simplest yet finest dish you can put on the table in the summer. It is such a simple and minimal dish that I have to think twice about posting it because it seems — somewhat trivial and insubstantial. But finding the ripe summery tomato and savoring the sweetly intense, juicy tomato, unlike any other throughout the year, gets the full force of my attention. The trick is to find tomato that has never seen the inside of a fridge or a chilled truck, only soil and sun.

Beyond the trick, I think I’ve also uncovered the perfect kind of mozzarella to partner with tomatoes — burrata.

If you’ve never tried it, or have never heard of it, please let me to explain briefly and embellish slightly. Burrata is a ball of mozzarella, stuffed with mozzarella curd scraps and fresh cream inside. Twisting the ball of cheese together in a little knot — and a kiss, seals the whole package. The name “burrata” means “buttered” in Italian. It is mozzarella on the outside with filled cream inside. There is nothing creamier or silkier than burrata. Paired it with the best and juiciest tomato the season has to offer, it’s heavenly. I’ve adapted Ottolenghi’s marinated buffalo mozzarella and tomato recipe and used burrata instead. This simple dish, unabashedly, is the rite of summer in my kitchen.


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    kitchen flavours
    June 28, 2015 at 8:15 am

    You are making me wish to have some of your marinated burrata and tomatoes! I have never tried burrata before, and have no idea if I can find it over here, and even if I do, it will be very, very, expensive, as most cheeses are! Especially one as special as these!
    Beautiful tomato dish!

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    June 29, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Wow! Another stunning dish:) You are so right, this is indeed one glorious summer dish to enjoy again and again. I find burrata to be a very seductive cheese. Hard to stop eating it!

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    July 6, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Looks very refreshing. Lots of tomatoes in the garden to try this with.

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    Deb in Hawaii
    July 6, 2015 at 4:31 am

    A good Caprese is truly a summer pleasure. This looks amazing. I need to find some good burrata. I love the addition of fennel seeds to the marinade too. Gorgeous! 😉

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    Couscous & Consciousness
    July 6, 2015 at 8:04 am

    This is nothing short of sensational, and you should have no hesitation about posting it. Any dish with celebrates using only the very best of ingredients in the simplest of ways is worth shouting from the rooftops in my opinion. Great choice.

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    July 6, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Very good point. Thanks for the encouragement and kind comment.

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