September 18, 2013

Creamy, raggy burrata's the bee's knees in world of cheese

Here are 10 ways to serve it, and results of a taste test of four brands. Go ahead; have a ball.

By RUSS PARSONS/McClatchy Newspapers

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Bruschetta topped with burrata and tapenade

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Shaved zucchini, radishes and mint topped with burrata

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2. Trader Giotto (traderjoes.com) -- Yeah, I know; I was surprised too. But the house brand for the Trader Joe's chain is actually quite ... acceptable. It comes in a pair of 4-ounce balls. The skin is slightly rubbery, the filling is fairly raggy, but not quite as voluptuous as the Gioia. The flavor is sweet and milky, almost like cottage cheese. 62 cents per ounce, available at Trader Joe's.

3. Angelo & Franco (angeloandfranco.com) -- Very soft texture with a lot of weeping liquid as it sits on the plate. The flavor is fairly bland with a slight lactic bitterness and a touch of sweetness in the finish. 93 cents per ounce, available at Whole Foods.

4. Di Stefano Burrata alla Panna (distefanocheese.com) -- This was a bit of a shocker, since it is Nancy Silverton's favorite American burrata and had scored very well in a tasting last year (which didn't include Gioia).

But this time around, the cheese is a bit of a mess. It comes in a tightly wrapped plastic bag rather than a container, and it falls apart when removed from that. There's lots of liquid in the center and not much rag. The flavor is bland and slightly bitter. $1.12 per ounce, available at Whole Foods.

 

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Burrata surrounded by heirloom tomatoes

  


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