A few weeks ago, I was watching an episode of Extra Virgin (love that show!). Anyway, the couple were making a very decadent cheese for their Italian dinner guest. Once this guest realized what kind of cheese they were making, it brought him to tears. The cheese was burrata. It is a solid mass of fresh mozzarella cheese that is stuffed with "shreds" of mozzarella and cream. I was intrigued by this cheese. I have been wanting to make fresh mozzarella cheese for some time now, but all of a sudden I wanted to do the more complex burrata!
Literally a few days after viewing that episode, I was in my friendly Trader Joe's store. I saw the elusive burrata cheese there. I wanted it. I craved it. But since I put myself on a strict grocery budget, I decided to plan for it. The following week, it wasn't there. Yesterday, I couldn't take it anymore and I traveled to three different Trader Joe's to find it. I nearly trampled an old lady who got in my way of this cheese. I bought it and refrained myself from eating it in the car.
This morning, I sliced three slices of olive bread. I was going to spread it with hummus, but remembered the burrata. I pulled a soft mozzarella ball out of the tub and sliced a small slice. OMG. Cream oozed from it. I sprinkled it with a little salt and black pepper and spread the creamy cheese on my olive bread. Delicious!!!
It is definitely luxurious and something I should not get in the habit of eating (see my previous post of losing a couple of pounds), but it is so awesome!!!