Looking for a quick, delicious side dish that features the amazingness that is a good ball of burrata surrounded by garlic and tomato? Of course you are. Because look at this. This is amazing.  It would probably be even better if I had some homemade tomato sauce on me, but hey, this works just as well. 

And if you can get access to a local cheesemonger who does their own burrata, even better. (Seriously, there was a dish done at a local chef’s festival this summer that featured homemade burrata, heirloom tomatoes, and balsamic that I still dream of.) Hell, you could probably add a bit of balsamic drizzle to this and make it even better.

Burrata, Garlic, and Tomato Appetizer (there has to be a better name for this, help me come up with one)
Lasts 2 lunches as a side


  • 1 burrata ball (I bought BelGioso burrata, it came with 2 so I used both)
  • 1 c tomato sauce (I used a local marinara I really like, homemade is probably best here)
  • 6 to 12 garlic cloves, peeled (I used about 9 large ones)
  • .25 c olive oil
  • sea salt, pepper, basil (fresh if you can find it but dried if it’s the middle of winter like now) for garnish
  • optional: bread to serve with (I went with a roasted garlic loaf because of course)

Heat your olive oil in a small skillet over medium low while you peel the garlic, and then add the cloves to the oil, cooking until they become a nice golden brown. (See final pic for what this should look like.)  Pour off onto whatever you’re serving/storing it in, and separate off the garlic cloves.  Then, add your tomato sauce and warm over medium low. 

Once warmed, pour the tomato sauce over the olive oil, put the burrata on top of it, and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and dried basil, and put the cloves into the tomato sauce. Maybe a bit of balsamic, if you’re so inclined. And then enjoy the amazingness that is this side.

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