This is a recipe for a fresh and creamy Burrata served with a warm and wonderful Balsamic Cherry Compote. This recipes is both quick and easy to make, only including a few key ingredients and ready to serve in just 15 minutes. Serve this dish as an appetizer, starter, side dish or include it in a small dish dinner. This Burrata with Balsamic Cherry Compote is both vegetarian, gluten and grain free.
Nothing better than an easy dish made with just a few key ingredients! Most people think they need to use a lot of ingredients to make an interesting and flavorful dish. I would like to state the opposite! Using good quality ingredients that are flavorful, combines well together and also complete each other is key. To add a few more thing that I think are important is to use ingredients of different colors, which makes a dish look more appealing and fun. Use ingredients with different tastes and texture. I think that might be one of the most important parts. What really makes a dish interesting? No one want to eat something that is just crunchy, just creamy, just soft, just crunchy.. or something that is just salty, just bland, just sweet or just tart. It’s when you combine different tastes and textures that a dish really grows and turns into something wonderful. Take this Burrata with Balsamic Cherry Compote as an example. You have sweet and slightly sour cherries that have a succulent texture that are cooked in tangy, tart and fruity balsamic vinegar. This makes the cherry flavor more intense and rich, but also turns them more tender yet still keeping a chewing resistance. The balsamic cooked cherries are served with a fresh, creamy and slightly sweet burrata. The combination of warm, rich and flavorful balsamic cooked cherries together with the creamy, cold(ish) and absolutely mouth melting burrata is divine. To also add some crunchy and a bit of a nutty flavor this dish is sprinkled with roughly chopped dry roasted almonds and fresh flavorful basil. This dish is really made with just five ingredients, but still includes so many different tastes, textures and also combining warm and cold. If you like easy, simple yet delicious and fresh dishes you have to make this Burrata with Balsamic Cherry Compote.
A few tips:
- I used fresh cherries, but frozen ones works just as well.
- If you prefer a sweeter compote you can add some granulated or liquid sweetener. I prefer this compote less sweet.
- You can also add some additional seasoning to this dish if you want to vary it or have a specific taste in mind. A few suggestions are: cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, lemon juice, orange juice, chili, fresh ginger just to mention a few.
- Do not cook the cherries for too long. They should get warm, absorb the taste from the balsamic vinegar and the liquid should reduce a bit. The cherries should still have some chewing resistance.
- You a good quality burrata that is both fresh and creamy. Don’t go for the cheaper once that are less flavorful and creamy.
- I really recommend you to serve this dish with the cherry compote warm since it makes a lovely contrast to the fresh and creamy burrata.
- The balsamic cherry compote can be prepared in advance and then reheated on low heat just before serving.
Ingredients for this Burrata with Balsamic Cherry Compote:
- Balsamic vinegar
- Sugar free granulated or liquid sweetener (optional)
- Dry roasted almonds
- Fresh basil
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Burrata with Balsamic Cherry Compote (Vegetarian, Gluten & Grain Free)
- 1 Burrata
- 2 dl Cherries pitted
- 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp Sugar free granulated sweetener or liquid sweetener (optional, I did not use it)
- 4-5 Dry roasted almonds roughly chopped
- 2-3 Fresh basil
Additional seasoning ideas
- Fresh ginger grated
- Lemon juice
- Orange juice
- Black petter
- Pit the cherries.
- Add balsamic vinegar (and sugar + additional seasoning if using) and bring to a gentle boil.
- Add the cherries and let them simmer in the balsamic vinegar for 10-15 minutes, until they start to turn slightly soft. Do not over cook the cherries. They should be soft and tender but still hold together.
- Place the balsamic cooked cherries in a deep dish. Top with burrata, chopped almonds, thinly sliced basil + 1-2 whole basil leaves.