This easy baked burrata recipe combines gooey burrata cheese with mouthwatering roasted tomatoes. Warm burrata is an effortless, elegant appetizer and takes only 20 minutes to make.
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Easy burrata appetizer recipe
Baked burrata is a delicious and elegant appetizer for any occasion. You can never have too many easy appetizer recipes, and roasted tomato burrata is one of my all-time favorites. Delicious flavor and simple prep make for one truly scrumptious starter.
Ready for the best thing? When you burst the burrata ball, creamy cheese oozes out and mingles with warm, garlicky tomato juices that just wait to be scooped up with crackers or crostini. It’s the perfect mix of textures and savory aromas.
For more cheese appetizer ideas, try honey-baked camembert, cheese balls, garlic cheese dip, and this tasty cottage cheese dip.
Why you’ll love roasted tomato burrata
- Impressive appetizer. I love having effortless appetizer recipes in my back pocket, and baked burrata is no exception. It looks enticing, tastes incredible, and is super simple to make.
- Bold aromas. This is the best burrata because who could resist garlicky, roasted tomatoes and creamy warm cheese. It’s so good!
- Straightforward recipe. You can never have too many easy appetizer recipes. Warm burrata takes all of 20 minutes to prepare, making it equally convenient for last-minute get-togethers or a crazy busy holiday.
Ingredients for warm burrata
The shopping list for this appetizer is short. You’ll only need 5 ingredients, and I bet you have some of them in your kitchen already. All quantities can be found in the printable recipe card below.
- Burrata: Creamy burrata cheese is a soft Italian cheese that consists of a mozzarella shell stuffed with cream. It’s a wonderful combination of contrasting textures, and when you slice the cheese open, the delicious, creamy inside spills out.
- Tomatoes: I like to cut my tomatoes into chunky slices, so they retain some structure when you roast them.
- Garlic adds a ton of flavor and aroma. I used freshly minced garlic cloves, but garlic powder will work in a pinch, too.
- Olive oil is needed to roast the tomatoes. Use a good-quality, mild-tasting oil.
- Basil enhances the flavor and adds a sunny note. Fresh or frozen basil is best.
How to make baked burrata
Baked burrata is crazy easy to make. It takes only a few minutes to slice tomatoes and mince the garlic, and then you just have to oven-roast them. Serve it fresh from the oven, and you will be enchanted by the taste and texture of this tasty creamy cheese.
Step 1: Preheat oven
- Position a baking rack in the center of the oven and preheat your oven to 400°F / 200°C / gas mark 6.
Step 2: Roast tomatoes and garlic
- Add the sliced tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil onto a rimmed baking sheet. Stir to combine and until everything is evenly coated in olive oil. Spread into an even layer.
- Roast in the preheated oven until the tomatoes are softened, and the garlic is fragrant, for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 3: Add burrata
- When the tomatoes are cooked, remove the sheet pan from the oven and transfer the tomatoes into a shallow serving dish. Add the burrata on top.
Step 4: Serve
- Serve the warm burrata immediately and enjoy with crusty bread, crostini, crackers, breadsticks, or vegetable sticks for a low-carb option.
Tips for the best burrata recipe
Follow these easy tips, and you’ll be making the best baked burrata. It’s so flavorful, you’re going to love every perfect bite.
- Use good-quality ingredients. With a simple recipe like this burrata appetizer idea, each component shines. So be sure to make the dish with juicy, flavorful tomatoes and good olive oil.
- Watch the baking time. Garlic roasts quickly. You want it a little browned and toasted, not burnt and bitter.
- Season it with flaky salt and a few cracks of pepper if desired. Roasted tomato burrata is plenty aromatic as is, but you can never go wrong with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper.
- Cherry tomatoes: Feel free to swap out regular tomatoes for cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. Whatever kind you choose, ripe, sweet tomatoes are best.
- Balsamic reduction: Serve the burrata with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. You can learn how to make your own balsamic reduction in our spinach caprese salad recipe.
- Herbs: Try different herbs such as thyme, oregano, or parsley. You can also use a mix of various herbs to amplify the aroma.
- Pesto: Instead of fresh herbs, serve your baked burrata with a few spoons of pesto. Basil pesto, tomato pesto, and pesto Calabrese would be all good options.
- Burrata bruschetta: For scrumptious burrata bruschetta, smear some burrata on toasted bread and garnish with a few pieces roasted tomatoes.
How to serve burrata cheese as an appetizer
Serve baked burrata as a starter for an elegant dinner or any time you need an impressive and easy appetizer. It makes a great party app served with crostini, crusty bread, breadsticks, crackers, or vegetable sticks. I recommend serving the dish warm or at room temperature.
I simply placed my burrata in a shallow baking dish so everyone can dig in easily. Scoop the cheese up with a cracker or spoon it onto bread. Of course, you can also enjoy it as is and munch it by the spoonful.
Roasted tomato burrata would also be delicious as a light lunch and tasty addition to a large bowl of fresh green salad or a warm soup.
To serve the roasted tomato appetizer as individual servings, divide the roasted tomatoes between ramekins and place a half or quarter burrata on top.
How many does this burrata appetizer recipe serve?
This burrata appetizer recipe yields 4 to 6 servings. If intended as a light entrée, calculate 1/2 burrata ball per serving. If you need a more substantive appetizer, serve one cheese ball for each person.
Can you make baked burrata ahead of time?
Warm burrata tastes best freshly made, and since it’s such a quick recipe, I recommend making it right before serving. If you want to make the dish ahead of time, slice the tomatoes and pack in an airtight container together with minced garlic, basil, and olive. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The tomatoes marinate and soak up flavor from the garlic and basil. When it’s time to serve the burrata appetizer, roast in the oven according to recipe instructions.
How to store baked burrata
Store leftover burrata cheese recipe in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You can reheat the tomatoes without the cheese in the microwave in 20 -second bursts or in a 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4 oven until heated through. You can also turn leftovers into a simple salad. Use forks to tear the burrata into small chunks and mix with the roasted tomatoes. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar if desired.
Can you freeze burrata?
No, burrata doesn’t freeze well because the soft cheese center will turn into a watery mess when frozen and thawed.
What is burrata?
Burrata is soft Italian cow milk cheese made of mozzarella and cream. It consists of a mozzarella shell that holds a lush mixture of heavy cream and cheese curds formed into one sumptuous, malleable ball.
What does burrata taste like?
Burrata has a delicate, milky flavor and rich, creamy texture that isn’t overindulgent.
Where can you buy burrata?
You can find burrata at large supermarkets and some grocery stores in the dairy aisle. Burrata is very delicate and usually sold in a small plastic container filled with salted water, so the soft cheese doesn’t dry out.
What is the difference between burrata and mozzarella?
Mozzarella is a semi-soft Italian cheese made from cow’s milk or water buffalo milk. It has an elastic texture and mild milk aroma. Although looking similar to mozzarella, burrata is made from mozzarella, but it isn’t mozzarella. It’s created by forming fresh mozzarella into a hollow pouch and filling it with a mixture of stringy cheese curd and cream. The pouch is tied close to hold the creamy inside.
Can you make roasted tomatoes with mozzarella?
Absolutely! Mozzarella is an excellent subsite for burrata. The flavor is almost identical. The only difference is in the texture. You can use a ball of fresh mozzarella, mozzarella di buffalo, mini mozzarella, or even mozzarella pearls.