Tomato, basil, and mozzarella is a classic combination that’s perfect for summer, when tomatoes and basil are at their peak. This quick and easy appetizer is extra special when you use fresh burrata*, a fresh Italian cheese made by stuffing mozzarella with a mixture of more mozzarella and cream. On the outside, the burrata looks like mozzarella, but on the inside it is oozing with soft creamy goodness. It has a clean, milky taste that goes well with sweet roasted vine-ripened tomatoes and the slight saltiness of the basil pesto.
There is really no recipe. All you do is lightly coat the tomatoes with extra-virgin olive oil, season with a salt, and roast in a 400-degree oven for approximately 5-8 minutes, until the skin is just blistered. While the tomatoes are roasting, take a couple of tablespoons of your favorite pesto and spread on a serving plate. Place the burrata on the plate, add the roasted tomatoes, garnish with some fresh basil, and serve with some crusty bread. It’s that easy! Your guests will surely enjoy this beautiful appetizer and the extra time you spend with them and not in the kitchen.
*Note: Aside from specialty cheese shops, I often find burrata at Whole Foods. Since burrata is a fresh cheese, it has a fairly short shelf life. Enjoy it within a few days of purchase.