Try It With . . .

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ripe tomatoes are an obvious match for creamy burrata. But even when summer is a distant memory, there are still ways to enjoy this cheese. The key is to keep the pairing simple and not overwhelm burrata's subtle tanginess. Serve burrata with:

- Toasted crostini brushed with olive oil, and spicy salami such as capicola.

- A dollop of bottarga, an inexpensive salty fish roe (good caviar also will do).

- Sauteed mushrooms tossed with balsamic vinegar or saba, a thick grape syrup.

- Roasted beets and a pinch of sea salt.

- Ripe pears and prosciutto.

If you don't finish a serving of burrata in one sitting, chop up what's left and toss it with the pasta of your choice.

Burrata is available at some Balducci's stores (, Cheesetique (2403 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, 703-706-5300, and the Italian Store (3123 Lee Hwy., Arlington, 703-528-6266, Call to confirm availability.

-- Jane Black

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