This Burrata with Balsamic Cherries and Basil the ultimate summer appetizer! Creamy, fresh burrata paired with juicy cherries and fragrant basil uses summer produce at its best, and no cooking required!
Am I the only one who wants to spend the entire summer sitting on a patio, drinking wine and eating appetizers? OK, I guess you could drag me out on a hike now and then, but afterwards we need to go have happy hour on a patio somewhere. This summer I have been obsessed with burrata – have you ever had it? It is sooo good! Burrata is fresh mozzarella stuffed with cream, and yes, it is as indulgent and delicious as it sounds.
This Burrata with Balsamic Cherries and Basil is inspired by a local restaurant, and I could almost eat this for every meal during the summer. Burrata is cold and creamy, so paired with the cherries and basil it is really great for a hot day. Serve with some thick slices of grilled bread and a glass of chilled rosé and you are set.
Another reason this is one of my favorite summer appetizers is that it requires no cooking! Just toss the cherries and basil in some balsamic vinegar and let them sit for a few minutes. I like to serve it with some slices of grilled bread. You don’t NEED to grill the bread, you can just toast it if you want.
This is a great way to take advantage of what is in season now. The cherries are ripe and juicy and the basil is fragrant, and I can’t think of a better way to use them! Now if you will excuse me, you will find me on the patio, eating this Burrata with Balsamic Cherries and Basil for the rest of the summer. The pumpkins can wait!
BURRATA WITH BALSAMIC CHERRIES AND BASIL
- 1 cup bing cherries pitted and sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup sliced basil
- 12 ounces burrata
- olive oil for drizzling
- coarse salt
- crusty bread for serving
- Toss the sliced cherries, basil and balsamic together in a bowl, allow to sit for 15 minutes.
- Arrange the burrata on a serving board, drizzle lightly with good olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. Spoon the cherries over the burrata. Garnish with more sliced basil. Serve with toasted or grilled crusty bread.
Sue D. says
I’m making this tonight as an appetizer for a dinner party we are attending. I have all of the ingredients except for the cherries… found out from the produce man that cherries are not quite in season until next month! I know it won’t be the same, but can frozen cherries be used as a substitute??? Need advice/suggestions, please!
Hi, I would use another in season fruit like strawberries!
Amy @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes says
Made this tonight and it was delicious! So simple, but looks so elegant. I will be making it again and again.
So glad you loved it!
This was super easy and such a hit!
So glad you loved it Amber!
Delicoso – had it tonight and loved your recipe. We used thyme and was fab. Thank you xx
Hi Claire – Yay, I’m so happy you loved it! Thyme sounds fab!
This looks SO good! Do you have a recipe for the burrata? If you do, I may be able to substitute a goat cheese?
The combination is just so vibrant! Would love to try this right now!😍
Your pictures are mesmerizing~💫🌟💫
I don’t make my own burrata. I think you could just use some chevre in place of the burrata here!