Burrata Bruschetta are our favourite homemade Italian finger food, snack or appetizer to serve to a crowd.
Our healthy vegetarian Burrata Crostini recipe is quick and easy to make, ready to serve in under 1 hour!
Crunch through these creamy and juicy crostini featuring flavourful olive oil, tomatoes, oregano, garlic, lemon, honey, balsamic vinegar, mustard seeds, chili flakes, burrata cheese, pine nuts and basil.
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What Is Crostini?
Crostini are an Italian appetizer consisting of small slices of grilled or toasted bread and toppings.
The toppings may include a variety of different cheeses, meats, and vegetables, or may be presented more simply with a brush of olive oil and herbs or a sauce.
Along with bruschetta, crostini are thought to originate in medieval times when it was typical for peasants to eat their meals on slices of bread instead of using ceramics.
What Is Burrata?
Burrata is an Italian cow milk cheese made from mozzarella and cream. The outer casing is solid cheese, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture.
Burrata is a typical product of Murgia in the south of Italy. Burrata may have origins dating back to about 1900 on the Bianchini brothers (Lorenzo and Vincenzo) farm in the city of Andria within Murgia, an area in the Apulian region. More recent records have shown that Lorenzo Bianchini of the Piana Padura farm first developed the product in 1956.
In the 1950s, it became more widely available after some local cheese factories began producing it and it can be a useful way of using up the ritagli (“scraps” or “rags”) of mozzarella.
In November 2016 “Burrata di Andria” became a protected geographical indication (PGI) product.
Burrata is also produced in the United States, particularly in artisanal cheese shops in cities on the East Coast with historically large populations of Italian Americans.
When burrata is sliced open, the thickened stracciatella flows out with glee. The cheese has a rich, buttery flavor and retains its fresh milkiness. It is best when eaten within 24 hours and is considered past its prime after 48 hours. Thanks to its flavour and differing textures inside and outside, it goes well with salad, prosciutto crudo, crusty bread, fresh tomatoes with olive oil, cracked black pepper, or pasta.
Travel to Italy by Eating Burrata Bruschetta at Home
I love traveling to Europe!
During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland,Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey and Italy.
What I love most about traveling to Italy is the opportunity to sample unique dishes in each region and city. The dishes in Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Saturnia, Pitigliano, Sorano, Montalcino, Siena) are unique from what you’d find in Venice, Modena, Milan, Rome, and Amalfi Coast.
Since burrata is traditionally produced in southern Italy you’re more likely to find it on menus south of Rome. Since the cream filled mozzarella has become so popular in recent years you’ll find burrata sold from Lake Como to Sicily.
Once back home from an Italian holiday you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the flavours of Italy and can impress friends and family by making our homemade Burrata Bruschetta recipe!
Where To Eat Burrata Bruschetta
Haven’t traveled to Italy before? It may be helpful to first sample Burrata Bruschetta at a local Italian restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You can also assess the ideal size of the crostini and the best ingredients used for the topping of the toast before trying to make it at home from scratch.
In Toronto, popular Italian restaurants in Yorkville, King West and Ossington that may serve fresh Burrata Bruschetta include Bar Vendetta, Buca, Superpoint, Amano, Fabbrica, Oretta, FIGO, Nodo, Locale Mercatto, The Good Son, Taverna Mercatto, Ascari Enoteca, Il Fornello or Gusto 101.
My Family Loves Burrata Crostini
I love serving Burrata Bruschetta at large family gatherings or potluck dinner parties.
I first made this traditional southern Italian appetizer on Easter weekend at our family cottage in Muskoka.
It’s a fun recipe to make with family, especially kids, who can help with assembly by placing topping each grilled bread slice with tomato chutney, sliced cheese, basil and roasted pine nuts.
I made the tomato chutney a day ahead of time and stored it in the fridge so serving these crunchy crostini took no longer than 10 minutes.
Burrata Bruschetta Health Benefits
Our Burrata Bruschetta recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Olive Oil is ranked as one of the healthiest fats and is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. It contains vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.
It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.
Rich in a group of phytochemicals called carotenoids, tomatoes may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and provide protection against cancer. Tomatoes are also a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C.
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
A rich source of phytochemicals and vitamin C, lemons help boost your immune system and neutralize free radicals that cause disease and skin aging. Lemons also protect against heart disease and help improve blood flow to the brain.
The eugenol in basil can block calcium channels, which may help to lower blood pressure. The essential oils in the herb can help to lower your cholesterol and triglycerides. Basil also contains magnesium, which can help to improve blood flow by allowing muscles and blood vessels to relax.
Oregano is rich in antioxidants, may help fight bacteria, could have anti-cancer properties and can decrease inflammation.
Whole wheat flour is rich in vitamins B-1, B-3, and B-5, along with riboflavin and folate. It also has more iron, calcium, protein, and other nutrients than white flour.
Pine Nuts are rich in magnesium, iron, antioxidants, zinc, and protein, which can help with diabetes management, heart health, and brain health.
Burrata Bruschetta Cooking Tips
Our healthy Burrata Bruschetta Crostini is quick and easy to make at home. We’ve included a few tips to ensure your first batch are beautiful!
- Use a large cast iron dutch oven with a high rim when preparing the chutney to avoid splatter.
- You can prepare the tomato chutney in advance and leave it to cool in the fridge so assembly on the day of your dinner party takes less than 10 minutes.
- We’ve used cherry tomatoes in our chutney but you can substitute for grape tomatoes, capri tomatoes, plum roma tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes. Just ensure they are sliced into small pieces so they don’t fall off the tiny toasts.
- We’ve garnished the crostini with roasted pine nuts but you could substitute for toasted hazelnuts or pecans.
- We’ve used fresh basil leaves as the final flourish but you could also use chopped chives or tarragon.
What To Serve with Crostini
There’s nothing more comforting than cozying up to a plate of creamy and crunchy Burrata Crostini.
If you’re hosting an Italian-themed dinner party feel free to serve this appetizer in a buffet alongside Instant Pot Short Rib Ragu, Cheesy Polenta, Ricotta Gnocchi, Creamy Warm Orzo Lemon Salad, Homemade Pici Cacio e Pepe Pasta, Involtini di Pollo, Parmesan Ditalini Soup, Aperol Gin Cocktails and Amaretto Disaronno Sour.
For a light lunch or dinner, pair Burrata Bruschetta with fresh salads like Vegetarian Roasted Pumpkin Feta Salad, Roasted Beetroot Salad, Garlic Lemon Chickpea Avocado Salad and Fennel, Apple, Celery and Roasted Hazelnut Salad.
After dinner why not dazzle your guests with one of our popular desserts such as Kardemummabullar Swedish Cardamom Buns , Gevulde Speculaas, Turmeric Pumpkin Spice Indian Cake, Chewy Easter Toffee Cadbury Mini Egg Cookie Bars, Oat Flour Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Lindt Lindor Cookies, Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes Recipe or Cinnamon Babka For Chocolate Lovers.
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How To Make Traditional Burrata Bruschetta
Burrata Bruschetta Crostini
- Dutch Oven or Pot
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups
- Spatula or Wooden Spoon
- French knife
- 4 cups Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 2 Garlic Cloves thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp Lemon Zest
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/4 tsp Chili Flakes
- 1 Garlic Clove peeled
- 4 slices Sourdough Baguette
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 8 oz Burrata
- 1/4 cup Toasted Pine Nuts
- 1/8 cup Basil torn
- Salt & Pepper
- In a large saucepan, combine all of the chutney ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Cover and marinate in the fridge.
- To serve the crostini, gently crush the garlic clove and rub over the side of each of the bread slices. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Toast the bread in a skillet over medium-high heat until golden brown and crispy on both sides. Transfer to a platter.
- Break the burrata roughly with your hands and divide it among the toast slices. Spoon some of the chutney over the cheese and garnish with pine nuts and basil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
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