In case you missed it: this week on Kinsey Cooks is all about no-cook, no-bake recipes for meals that don’t heat up the house. Yesterday, I shared an Avocado Salad with Nectarines and Walnuts. Keep checking in this week for more heat-free recipes!
Someone asked me when I served this dish at our weekly Friday night pizza dinners if this is considered a dessert or savory food. It’s a really good question, because on top of a pile of sweet strawberries, there’s some salty, creamy cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. While I don’t know if this is dessert or dinner, I do know that this is a delicious dish. It’s not a dish to be pigeon-holed. It’s what you eat alongside a piece of pizza and a selection of the many salads that are brought to Friday pizza night (this is California, after all). Maybe you’ll enjoy it as an afternoon snack when it’s 4pm and the idea of waiting until seven for dinner sounds unbearable. You could serve it at the end of a meal of grilled vegetables and fresh bread.
If you haven’t had a chance to try burrata cheese yet, there’s no better time to try it than this summer. Store everywhere, from Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods have started selling these balls of mozzarella filled with shreds of mozzarella mixed with cream. Fresh mozzarella is to burrata as Kraft singles are to sharp English Cheddar. It’s just that much better. With a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic reduction and a pinch of cayenne to add some spice, you can have something truly delicious in fewer than ten minutes that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Strawberries with Burrata and Balsamic
Serves 8 as an appetizer
4 cups strawberries, trimmed and halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon balsamic reduction or glaze, divided
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 oz. burrata cheese, torn into bite-sized shreds
- Place the strawberries, olive oil, 1 tablespoon balsamic, cayenne, and salt in a large bowl and toss to combine. Pour the strawberries out onto a serving platter, then top with the shreds of burrata. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of balsamic across the top and serve.