Burrata always wins. Sorry…every other cheese. It’s crowd pleasing, fresh, milky, gooey, creamy, ughhhh ok I really want a plate right now thankyouverymuch.
I love other cheese too, but when you’re putting together a platter for a party, you want to go with something you know everyone will love. If you haven’t had burrata before, it’s basically mozzarella stretched thin, and filled with mascarpone, ricotta, or mozzarella threads mixed with cream. It’s delicious combined with high acid and sugar fruit like peaches, nectarines, and tomatoes, but is also an interesting counterpoint to earthier flavors like artichokes or cardoons. For this platter I paired sweet burrata with grilled leeks and a touch of spice. This makes a lovely appetizer or even a stand alone platter to go with a glass of rosé.
1 4 ounce ball of burrata
2 small leeks, cleaned and halved
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon chili flake
Heat a grill to high. Brush the leeks with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 minutes, or until deeply marked, and flip, grilling for another 2 minutes. Plate with a ball of burrata, cut and drizzled with olive oil. Finish with a sprinkling of chili flakes. Enjoy!