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I love cheese. It’s no secret. I will actually run an extra mile at the gym, just so I can eat cheese that night. I didn’t think my cheese-love could increase, until about nine months ago when I met the Brad Pitt of cheeses. Mozarella’s much sexier cousin – Burrata. Where had it been all my life?!

Now it could just be me, but it seems like Burrata cheese is everywhere I go these days. It’s taken over my mind and now whenever I see it on the menu, I have to order it. I thought it was about time to submit further to my love, Burrata and honor it with a {cheesy} write up.

For the uninformed or those new to Burrata, it is a fresh Italian cheese, made from mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is basically solid mozzarella while the inside is made up of both mozzarella and cream. What makes it so swoon-worthy is that the outside has the same chewy elasticity of mozzarella but the creamy inside is so soft you can spread it like butter. Burrata literally means “buttered” in Italian. Gee, I wonder why? ;)

So you can see what all the fuss is about, we’re giving you a few of our favorites places to get Burrata in Los Angeles. Plus a recipe to make your own Summer Burrata creation at home!

Eastside:

LA Mill’s Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Crostini is divine and their charming Silver Lake location will make you feel right at home. Their coffee drinks and salads are also really something special.

If you live near Los Feliz, then you know about The Oaks Gourmet. (Probably one of my favorite places to eat in the area.) Their Burrata Salad with tomatoes, red onion and spinach is lovely and the perfect lunch to go! While you’re there, pick up some craft brewed beer and artisan cheeses.

Westside:

The Tasting Kitchen in Venice makes a Burrata and Leeks appetizer that is to die for. Their wine list is also very impressive and their entrée menu changes seasonally depending on what’s fresh and in season.

Just down the street on Abbott Kinney is Gjelina, a very popular Italian Ristorante. If you can get a table, don’t miss their Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrata. Molto bene!

Downtown: 

We love the fact that DTLA is becoming increasingly more popular, safe and foodie-centric. For an outstanding Burrata Pizza with Grana parmesan, rapini, garlic, extra virgin olive oil & prosciutto di Parma, visit Bottega Louie

Out of Town? If you don’t live in Los Angeles, but want to have the Burrata-experience, go ahead and try this recipe for a perfect Summer twist on Burrata.

Grilled Peach with Burrata and Prosciutto Salad

What You’ll Need:

Salad:

  • 1 peach, sliced and grilled
  • 4 small scoops of fresh Burrata cheese
  • 4 slices Prosciutto
  • Fresh Arugula, to top

Dressing:

  • 2-3 tbsp Oliovera Ascolano or Meyer Lemon olive oil
  •  2-3 tbsp Oliovera 18-yr Aged balsamic or Ripe Peach balsamic

 Ready, Set, Grill:

  1. Cut peach into 4 pieces and grill on a clean grill pan or BBQ. Just a few seconds on each side until they wilt slightly and have slight grill marks.
  2. On a long plate arrange the grilled peach slices. Layer each slice with fresh Burrata cheese, Prosciutto and arugula.
  3. Finish by drizzling dressing which is composed by whisking the oil and vinegar together

*Photo credits, Yelp and Flickr

Video link: Paul Peglar – “Cheesy Love Song”

Recipe inspired by: Gjelina Restaurant

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