My go-to appetizer when entertaining is charcuterie. Who doesn’t love cheese? Let alone 10 different kinds of cheeses?! Bonus, it pairs well with wine. My mom was always known for her cheese boards, even buying special lettuces to decorate the board with… but alas, I’m not quite on her level. Someday.
This post isn’t about charcuterie though. Nope. Charcuterie just isn’t always feasible. Whether you’re having a large gathering or you’re on a budget, a hearty cheeseboard is expensive! Fruit, olives, nuts, cheese, crackers, bread. There’s a lot involved and I totally get it. That’s why I wanted to share my crowd pleasing, budget friendly option! It’s charcuterie’s cousin, or step brother? Either way, meet Burrata.
Burrata is pretty easy to find but I know a ton of people that have never even heard of it so I thought I’d share how you can wow you’re guests with little to no effort and keep on budget! Depending on your local grocery Burrata ranges from $6-$9 for 8oz. This normally includes 2 separated balls of burrata. Still not cheap, but a little goes a long way, and the rest of the components you probably have on hand.
So what is it? Burrata is a cow’s milk cheese that has a mozzarella consistency on the outside, but inside is a mixture of soft curds and cream. Basically, spreadable deliciousness. It’s such a mild flavor that I love having arugula, roasted tomatoes and prosciutto to serve with it. If you end up having trouble finding it just want to show off your cooking skills there’s a great homemade recipe here.
Serves 4-6 people
Prep time- 10-15 minutes
- 8oz burrata cheese
- 8oz cherry tomatoes
- 5-7 slices of bread, depending on size.
- fresh ground black pepper and salt
- oil of choice (I used olive oil)
- Optional toppings including prosciutto, arugula, olives and balsamic drizzle.
- Set oven to Broil. Prepare by arranging cherry tomatoes on baking sheet. Evenly coat with oil of choice and salt/pepper. Place in oven. Broil goes fast so don’t walk away.
- Next, slice and arrange bread on baking sheet. Spray an even coat on one side with oil of choice. rub bread with a garlic clove to release oils. Place in oven. When tomatoes begin to wrinkle (about 6 minutes depending on how fast your oven heats) remove baking sheet and add bread, to the pan, oiled side up. Replace baking sheet into oven for 4-5 minutes or until bread begins to brown.
- In the meantime, arrange your board. Place arugula down, adding burrata and any other toppings next to it. I like to add fresh ground pepper, Himalayan pink salt and balsamic glaze on top.
- Check on tomatoes and bread. Flip bread once browned and add a coat of oil to the other side. If tomatoes are to your liking you can remove now. If not, replace sheet into oven until tomatoes and bread are toasted. Remove and add to your beautiful board! Congrats you amazing hostess, you 😉
I love pairing burrata with a great Pinot Noir. Try Lynmar Estate, Quail Hill Vineyard 2017
I hope you and your guests enjoy this easy app! I you try it or tweak it, let me know in the comments!