Burrata is a pulled cheese like mozzarella, known in Italian as pasta filata (Photo: Dreamstime)

Burrata was born in Apulia, more precisely in Andria, almost by chance: and thanks for that! 

Burrata is usually served fresh at room temperature and its taste goes very well with salads, crusty bread, prosciutto and salami, fresh tomatoes with olive oil
Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese that’s very similar to fresh mozzarella, only creamier (Photo: Dreamstime)

We were in the mid-1950s when, because of a heavy snowfall, Lorenzo Bianchino couldnt go and sell his milk so, in an attempt not to waste it, he decided to use it to make something new, using the same methods traditionally employed to produce manteca, that delicious scamorza filled with creamy butter. 

Burrata originally hails from the city of Andria in Murgia, in the Puglia region (Photo: Dreamstime)

Burrata, which is still made by hand, consists in a casing of kneaded curd cheese and a filling of cream mixed with little pieces of mozzarella called straccetti 

This soft delicacy, sweet yet lightly tangy at the same time, must be consumed fresh. In Latium, burrata di latte di bufala is produced, but in limited quantitiesis known for burrini, small pockets of kneaded curd cheese filled with fresh butter.   

The common denominator of all these dairy products, which are truly amazing, is their kneaded curd cheese casing, which was originally created to preserve fresh butter. Because of their high caloric content and their easiness of transport, they were considered an excellent source of energy while traveling

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