This farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes and burrata recipe started with the most amazing heirloom tomatoes from the Backyard Farmer who used to be at the North Scottsdale Farmers Market, but now has a delivery stop near Scottsdale/Shea on Wednesday evenings. I placed an order online for a half gallon of Backyard Farmer’s local raw honey, and found a variety of their local fruits and vegetables generously placed in my box. Our family is so grateful to be in the company of such friendly and generous small farmers. I’ve missed the Backyard Farmer, and was reminded how incredibly fresh their produce is. Their Ambrosia apples are my son’s favorite.
Looking at these beautiful tomatoes on my counter, I knew I had to pair them with something special. Gina’s Homemade burrata was the answer. But I have a confession. I don’t think I’ve ever had burrata. At least, I’ve never had burrata like this before. After hearing rave reviews from friends of Gina’s Homemade burrata, I had to give it a try. Burrata is a artisanal cheese from Puglia, Italy, that is made up of a mozzarella shell and filled with a mozzarella curd and cream filling. Oh yeah, it’s that good. Gina makes traditional Italian cheeses (including marscapone, creme fraiche, mozzarella, and burrata) on a daily basis in her Scottsdale kitchen. You can find her products at her store in Scottsdale or at Whole Foods and AJ’s Fine Foods.
I feel a little silly posting this recipe, because it is so easy. All I did was cut up the heirloom tomatoes, placed the burrata in the middle of the plate, sprinkled with thai basil (from On the Vine Farms), sea salt, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. The thai basil is an interesting contrast because it has a more licorice flavor. You can serve with a crusty bread, or just dive in like my toddler did. Go on, give it a try. It is sinfully delicious!
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- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Yield : 4-6
- Dice tomatoes and arrange on plate.
- Place burrata on plate.
- Sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt, balsamic vinegar, and basil.
- Break open burrata, and serve!