Paired with a Porter
Yay! Hooray for it being Friday! This week FLEW by. Did it fly by for you guys too? One thing I know to be certain is that I am super excited the weekend is almost here. I’m half tempted to just say “screw it” and take the rest of the day off and lay by the pool. Actually I may do this. This idea doesn’t sound half bad now that I’m typing it out. ;) Maybe I should type out my ideas more often! Although, I probably wouldn’t get any work done.
Do you guys have a hard time finding burrata? It’s so funny. When we lived in Colorado, I had the hardest time finding it. I could only ever find it at a local cheese market or OCCASIONALLY at Whole Foods, and THEY wouldn’t even always have it. Years ago, I remember TJ’s always having it. Lately it has been a total miss. When we moved to Wyoming, I walked in the local Safeway…and there it was…containers and containers of fresh burrata. The Safeway I lived near in Colorado NEVER had burrata. Funny how things happen that way.
So anyway, this burrata with fresh figs and crispy bread is one of my favorite snacks of all time. I like it because it consists of all of my favorite ingredients: cheese, figs, bread and balsamic. Hand me a platter of this stuff (and maybe some Marcona almonds), and I’d be good to go. It’s also the perfect dish to serve at a small gathering. It’s an inexpensive and delicious way to treat your guests to a snack before dinner without having to put a whole lot of work into it. I don’t know about you guys, but when I have people over, most of the cooking has to be done ahead of time. I hate being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is mingling.
Recipe for this burrata with fresh figs and crispy bread is below, but it’s so easy you almost don’t even need a recipe! Pair it with a porter and have a wonderful weekend everyone! xo
- 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar
- 4 slices artisan bread of choice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and black pepper
- 5- ounces fresh burrata cut in half
- 4-5 fresh figs quartered
- In a small saucepan, add the balsamic vinegar. Heat over low, stirring occasionally, until thick and reduced by at at least 2/3. The vinegar should easily coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Brush the bread with olive oil on both sides and season with salt and black pepper. Place the bread in the oven to toast, about 8-10 minutes (flip after 5 minutes).
- Divide the burrata between two bowls. Distribute the figs evenly and drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar. Serve with crispy bread and enjoy immediately!
I LOVE burrata and can’t get enough figs right now! This is the perfect summer appetizer!
Right?! I totally agree! Thanks Marcie!
Awesome flavor combo, pinning! Love how fresh and high quality your ingredients are :)
These pictures are absolutely gorgeous and I am a huggggge fig lover! However, I would rather take an IPA over a Porter! Unless you could recommend the best Porter out there!!
Haha! Thanks, Elizabeth! I really like porters with soft cheeses (weird I know), but I think if you find the right IPA it would work well also!
This is absolutely gorgeous Justine! I seriously cant stop staring! All of my favorite ingredients.. just give me a glass of wine and I’m be transported to bliss in a matter of minutes!
Ahhhhh, this would make a fab wine pairing! Thanks girly!
I love how such simple ingredients can make such an impressive dish!
Right?! Thanks Annie! <3
I’ve never had burrata before (or, um, even heard of it – should I admit that?!) I’ll have to try it soon! This looks so fancy!
Haha, it’s totally fine! Sometimes it can be a pain to find, so that doesn’t surprise me. Thanks girl!
It was a slow week for us because I had sick kids! But this looks amazing. Such an impressive presentation!
Thanks so much, Julie! I hope everyone is feeling better now! xo
Oh yum! This is my kind of snack! I just had a burrata at a restaurant in the Philly area. It was amazing, and now I totally need more!
Once you try it you can’t stop! Thanks, Rachel!
This would be my perfect snack too!
Right?! Thanks, Pam!
This looks like such an elegant dish! Perfect for when friends are over.
It’s so great for entertaining! Thanks, Amy!
I would never turn down burrata, and pairing it with fresh figs is pure genius :)
Aw, thanks Sara! ;)
LOVE the prospect of this recipe — especially the crispy bread! Genius, Justine! :) – Levan
Thanks so much, Levan!
Love figs, I will definitely try this recipe…
I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you Justine!
I have never even HEARD of burrata, but I am intrigued. This looks so good!
You need to get yourself to the store and try it! Thanks!
I love everything about this post!!!! It just looks amazing!!!
We have a fig tree in our garden so I am pinning this to my Fig board…..always good to have new ideas for using up the fruit.
Sadly this year, the tree was still recovering from our fire, so we had limited fruit and most of that was eaten by the roos, but I am hoping that by the time it bares fruits again, we will be back in the rebuilt house and I can get back to eating fish figs daily :-)
Love love love burrata. My story is exactly the same as yours!!!! It is pretty hard to find here in Western Australia, which upsets me, as you can by it in the supermarkets over east!!! Still it is occasionally at our farmers market and I make a mean homemade mozzarella that although not burrata, is pretty darn good.
Yum. Pinning happily because YUM!!!
Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about the fire! :( I would love to have a fig tree! I will take homemade mozzarella over anything any day of the week! It can’t be beat! Thank you so much for the pin, Claire! xo
I really do love burrata and your combination with balsamic vinegar and figs looks spectacular!
Thanks so much, Amanda!
Everything in this looks absolutely stunning! Be right back….running to the store to get ingredients!
Haha! Thank you, Sarah!
Oh my, this looks, and sounds, absolutely stunning! I have never actually tried burrata, but I have seen it at the local TJ’s recently, so I will have to give it a go!
Try it, Donna!
OM gosh – this looks amazing. I’ve been wanting to try fresh figs! Great recipe!
Thank you so much, Deb!
This looks soooo tasty! I have a fig tree in my backyard, so will need to find what the birds left me and put this dish together! Beautiful photos :)
I am so jealous of all of your with your fig trees! Thanks, Patricia!
Simple and perfect summer snack combination, for us – the figs lover :)
I’d love to be sitting around with friends, enjoying a big platter of this appetizer right now!! I love everything about this!
I’m with you! Thanks, Renee!
Everything about this bowl is perfection. I’m in love with the creamy meets crispy meets salty meets sweet. Flavors on flavors on flavors!!! Pinned!
Aw, thanks for the pin!
I am so jealous you can find burrata! I can’t find it anywhere (or to the few markets I have been ;) ) but I I thinking this would make the perfect Friday night appetizer!