Are you looking for the richest and creamiest cheese in the world? The search is over. Burrata is right here.
Burrata is an Italian term that means buttered. Yep, this cheese is that rich.
So aside from its richness, what does burrata cheese taste like?
Summary: Burrata cheese tastes slightly sweet, definitely rich and creamy, and extra milky.
The truth? You can’t understand what it tastes like until you try it! But how do you eat burrata? Read this article to know-how!
When you do, you’ll also learn about the following:
- What is burrata? (and how it’s made)
- What does burrata cheese taste like?
- What are the best burrata substitutes?
- How to use and serve burrata?
If you want to know the cheesy deal, let’s dig in!
- What is Burrata?
- What Does Burrata Cheese Taste Like?
- The Burrata Substitutes You Need to Know
- How to Use and Serve Burrata
- The Bottom Line
What is Burrata?
Buratta is cow or buffalo milk cheese native to a plateau in the Southern part of Italy called Altopiano delle Murge. It was first invented in 1956 by the Bianchini brothers but soon became available all over Italy. (*)
Today, it’s a famous artisanal cheese in the US and is a big hit to Italian Americans living on the East Coast.
How Burrata is Made
Buratta was originally invented to find a way to use up the leftover curds from making mozzarella.
To make this, the leftover curds are dropped in hot whey then left to blend to form a paste. This results in a consistency that’s similar to stretched curd cheeses.
Once this texture is achieved, it’s formed into a soft pouch then filled with fresh cream and torn mozzarella strings.
It’s then sealed by twisting the top portion into a knot like a dumpling.
This results in a chewy ball with a creamy and rich filling that oozes out once the stracciatella (hand-blown mozzarella) is cut.
The filling has a texture similar to that of runny ricotta and is one of the reasons why it has become popular worldwide.
Burrata Vs. Mozzarella
However, don’t be fooled. Burrata and Mozzarella are not the same.
While burrata is made from the same stringy cheese like mozzarella, burrata isn’t formed into a ball the same way mozzarella is done. Instead, the stringy cheese is formed into a pouch filled with cream and curds.
As a result, mozzarella has a more elastic texture and mild and delicate flavor, while burrata is softer and more flavorful.
Burrata also contains more calories than mozzarella because of its creamy and cheesy filling. (*)
Fun Fact: Is burrata better than mozzarella?
There is no definitive answer to this question since it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Some people might prefer the richer, creamier taste of burrata while others might prefer the more classic flavor of mozzarella. Ultimately, it all comes down to what you personally enjoy!
What Does Burrata Cheese Taste Like?
Burrata cheese tastes like an explosive blend of sweet cream, stringy mozzarella, and rich milk for a better description.
Imagine this: Biting into burrata cheese is like biting into an elastic yet soft mozzarella coating, then finally reaching to a rich cream with ricotta-like texture and a hint of sweetness.
To sum it up, it’s a combination of different yet complementing textures paired with a decadent and heavenly butter-like filling.
The Burrata Substitutes You Need to Know
With the complexities in its texture and flavor, you won’t be able to find a comparable substitute for burrata. But if you need one, here are two alternatives that you can use:
Since the ingredients used in making mozzarella are also found in burrata, it makes sense to use the mild, creamy, and fresh mozzarella as a substitute.
However, please keep in mind that it’s a lot springier and less creamy than burrata. Despite this, it works best when paired with basil and tomatoes or used on pasta, pizza, and risotto.
If you’re not familiar with this cheese, it’s a young mozzarella made using cow or buffalo milk.
It has almost the same texture and taste as mozzarella and is best served as an appetizer or paired with cold cuts on a charcuterie board.
How to Use and Serve Burrata
If you want to make the most out of this delicious cheese, here are some tips on how to serve and use it:
1. First, serve it at room temperature.
To fully enjoy and appreciate its flavors, burrata is best served at room temperature—not hold or cold.
Pro Tip: We recommend taking the cheese out from the fridge 30 minutes before serving it.
2. Eat or serve it right away.
Burrata is best served fresh (after all, it’s called fresh cheese).
You should consume burrata the same day you slice it, then consume the leftovers right away as it can go bad and turn sour within just a few days.
Fun Fact: Is burrata supposed to taste sour?
No, burrata is not supposed to taste sour. Some people may detect a slight acidity in the cheese, but it should not be overpowering or unpleasant. If your burrata tastes sour, it may be past its prime and no longer suitable for eating.
3. Use your burrata cheese in a variety of ways.
Here are some of the best ways to use burrata cheese:
- Puree it with milk and olive oil to make a salsa.
- Serve it with cured meats on a charcuterie board.
- Use it as a dip for vegetable sticks.
- Add it to your pasta dishes.
- Use it as your grilled cheese sandwich filling.
- Incorporate it in your breakfast omelet.
- Whip up a Caprese salad.
- Use it as pizza toppings.
- Serve it with fruits and then drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
- Prepare bruschetta with burrata as toppings.
- Serve burrata with nut toppings, dates, jam, or honey.
- Make truffle burrata.
- Place burrata in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and top with flavored salt flakes.
- Pair burrata with vegetables and meats on top of crostini.
- Use it as toppings on grilled vegetables.
The Bottom Line
We feel that no matter how hard we explain what does burrata cheese taste like, our description will never be enough to make you fully understand just how heavenly this cheese can be.
That’s why we highly recommend that you give burrata cheese a try.
You can use it in your pasta recipes, a topping for your appetizers, and more!
Let us know how you feel about burrata cheese when you finally give it a try. Drop a comment below!