Baked Burrata Recipe

PUBLISHED: Jun 04, 2021 | By:

This Baked Burrata Recipe is an easy, decadent appetizer that will appeal to the masses. Garnished with roasted tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and topped with fresh basil, it is fragrant and savory… perfect for creamy Burrata Bruschetta or as a summer salad topper.

Serve on crostini for an appetizer that you’ll eat so much of, it may become the main course.

This incredible burrata appetizer is a great way to start a get-together. Set it out and all of your guests will gather to enjoy creamy cheese and roasted tomatoes.

Baked burrata recipe surrounded by roasted cherry tomatoes in a white oval platter.

While it’s incredibly easy to throw this burrata appetizer together, it still feels elegant and special. The colorful cherry tomatoes and fresh basil speak of warm summer nights and garden fresh flavors.

You can actually use fresh mozzarella or burrata cheese for this recipe. I wanted to make this dish as flexible as possible – something you can throw together for entertaining on a whim!

It’s fresh, flavorful, beautiful and effortless.

If you love cheese in your appetizers as much as we do, try some of my other delicious appetizers made with cheeses. Goat Cheese Crostini with Fig Appetizer, Brie and Preserves Appetizer, and Easy Pear Appetizer with Blue Cheese and Walnuts are all appetizer favorites!

Burrata is often used in an array of appetizer displays with veggies and crostini. It spreads easily and adds a creamy depth, and it works beautifully in this recipe!

This burrata appetizer is a bruschetta, it’s a dip, it’s a salad topper, it’s great for sandwiches… this baked burrata is all the things. And I know you’re going to love it!

What’s the Difference Between Mozzarella and Burrata?

At first glance fresh mozzarella and burrata look the same – white balls of Italian soft cheese. They are both made from cow’s or water buffalo’s milk and both are delicious. However, they are different and so are used differently.

Fresh mozzarella is a soft, creamy cheese. It is molded into balls and placed in whey or brine for storing. Fresh mozzarella isn’t processed or aged so it should be eaten soon after it’s made. It is moist and can be stretched apart into chunks, yet it is also firm enough to slice.

The mild, delicate flavor of fresh mozzarella complements fresh salads and sandwiches. This cheese adds a creamy, salty, and slightly tangy flavor to dishes without being overpowering.

Fresh mozzarella will soften when heated, making it good on sandwiches and pizza. However, it won’t melt down into a creamy sauce like aged mozzarella.

Burrata Bruschetta in a white serving bowl, crostini and a gold spoon to the side.

Burrata is actually made with fresh mozzarella as an outside layer or casing. Then cream and curds are placed inside the mozzarella casing. When the mozzarella layer is cut open, the rich and creamy filling spills out.

It mingles with the other ingredients on your plate and is so delicious! Burrata actually means butter in Italian. That gives you an idea of how rich and indulgent burrata is!

Why You’ll Love this Burrata Recipe

  • Easy and Fast
  • Garden Fresh Summer Style
  • Authentic Italian Flavors
  • Great for Entertaining
  • Light but still Filling

Baked Burrata Ingredients

Ingredients for a baked burrata recipe, including cherry tomatoes, olive oil, burrata cheese and more.
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved – The acidity of the tomato mixes perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese. Can use other variety of tomatoes if desired.
  • Olive Oil – Brings out the robust Italian flavor.
  • Garlic Cloves, sliced – Can chop into small pieces if you desire.
  • Sea Salt – Sea salt highlights the flavor of the tomatoes. You can substitute with other varieties of salt.
  • Oregano, fresh – Fresh has the best flavor, but you can substitute with 1 teaspoon of dried oregano.
  • Fresh Mozzarella or Burrata – Use the freshest you can find. Mozzarella is available at most grocery stores and is delicious with the tomato confit.
  • Basil, fresh – Basil and tomato are a classic Italian combination.
  • Balsamic Glaze -Just a little of this sweet, tangy, and pungent glaze amplifies the dish.
  • Crostini – This is the vessel for the Mozzarella Burrata. Use any variety of thin-loaf bread you like. You can also use crackers or pitas.

Variations

  • Use any variety or combination of small tomatoes, cut in half or smaller for this burrata recipe. For example, use grape, pear, other cherry varieties, etc.
  • Drizzle pesto on top instead of balsamic glaze for this burrata appetizer.
Baked burrata recipe surrounded by roasted cherry tomatoes in a white oval platter.

How to Make this Baked Burrata in Just 3 Easy Steps

  1. Roast tomatoes, garlic, oregano, olive oil and salt. This softens the tomatoes and enhances the flavors. Diced cherry tomatoes in a white baking pan, gold spoon to the side.
  2. Pour tomato confit around mozzarella or burrata on a dish. Roasted cherry tomatoes and basil topped with burrata cheese in a white serving dish.
  3. Garnish with basil and balsamic glaze. Serve on crostini.
Roasted cherry tomatoes and basil topped with burrata cheese in a white serving dish, a hand drizzling balsamic over the top.

Serving Suggestions

  • Appetizer – Serve baked burrata cheese with a plate of crostini as a classic burrata bruschetta, or use crackers, pita chips, etc.
  • Salad – Serve this burrata recipe beside a bowl of greens so diners can add a serving to their salad. Have other salad options like croutons, olives, and onions.
  • Dessert – Skip the tomato confit and serve the baked burrata with berries and honey or raspberry sauce. Scoop small amounts onto a cookie – like lemon shortbread cookies – or cinnamon pitas, etc. This results in a dessert that is indulgent but not overly sweet.

Burrata Bruschetta Tips

  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. This allows the tomatoes to release their juice and mix with the salt and other flavors.
  • Pour some of the tomato mixture on top of the cheese. This begins to soften the cheese, making it melty and gooey.
  • This dish is naturally low carb. To meet the needs of guests with dietary restrictions, serve with crunchy dipping vegetables like celery sticks, sliced peppers, carrots and more.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Burrata Bruschetta in a white serving bowl, crostini and a gold spoon to the side.

Shortcuts

  • Bottled minced garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Canned diced or crushed tomatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Is fresh mozzarella healthy?

Fresh mozzarella has fewer calories and less sodium than some other cheeses. It also contains proteins and probiotics. It is a healthy cheese, however you still want to use moderation.

Can I use burrata instead of mozzarella?

Of course! While burrata is traditionally used in a recipe like this, you can use either. The creamy interior of burrata melts beautifully, but mozzarella can also mix well with the tomatoes and other ingredients around it.

This burrata appetizer recipe uses mozzarella interchangeably so you have an option that is lower in fat, calories, and price and will still satisfy a cheese, tomato, and basil craving.

Where can you buy fresh burrata cheese?

If your local grocer doesn’t carry it, see if you have an Italian deli or Italian grocery in your city! It’s worth the extra effort to find fresh burrata cheese.

Make Burrata Bruschetta Ahead

  1. Roast the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, and oregano up to 2 weeks before using. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Warm before serving.
  2. Make the crostini up to 1 week before using. Store at room temperature in bag or airtight container.
A chunk of baked burrata cheese in a white bowl with roasted cherry tomatoes, gold spoon to the side.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Leave at room temperature while serving. Place in fridge after 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate – Fresh mozzarella and burrata will last five days in the fridge after opening. Store in airtight container.
  • Freeze – Fresh mozzarella and burrata should not be frozen. It will freeze the moisture inside of them and change the consistency and texture.

What to Do with Leftovers

  • Cut up and mix into a salad – greens or pasta!
  • Slice and press between bread for a panini.
  • Cut into small cubes and top a homemade pizza.
Baked burrata recipe surrounded by roasted cherry tomatoes in a white oval platter.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free

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baked burrata bruschetta in a white oval bowl, gold spoon and crostini to the side.

Baked Burrata Recipe

Author: Julie Blanner
This Baked Burrata Recipe is an easy, decadent appetizer filled with roasted tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and topped with fresh basil. It is fragrant and savory… perfect for creamy Burrata Bruschetta or as a summer salad topper.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 148 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon oregano fresh
  • 8 ounces mozzarella or burrata
  • 2 tablespoons basil fresh, sliced
  • cup balsamic glaze
  • crostini or sliced veggies for dipping or serving

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small baking dish combine tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and oregano. Roast 25 minutes.
  • In a small serving dish or platter, place mozzarella in the middle. Surround with tomato confit and garnish with basil and balsamic glaze.
  • Serve with crostini.

Notes

Make it Ahead

  1. Roast the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, and oregano up to 2 weeks before using. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. Warm before serving.
  2. Make the crostini up to 1 week before using. Store at room temperature in bag or airtight container.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Leave at room temperature while serving. Place in fridge after 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate – Fresh mozzarella and burrata will last 5 days in the fridge after opening. Store in airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories:148kcalCarbohydrates:5gProtein:7gFat:12gSaturated Fat:4gPolyunsaturated Fat:1gMonounsaturated Fat:6gCholesterol:22mgSodium:255mgPotassium:117mgFiber:1gSugar:2gVitamin A:411IUVitamin C:9mgCalcium:160mgIron:1mg
5 from 2 votes
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