Maplebrook Farm Burratini
- Vegetarian Rennet
- Age: Fresh
- Cow Milk
- United States
Maplebrook Farm’s Burratini solve the age-old problem—what if you don’t want to share your burrata? Burratini come in a petite 2-ounce size, maintaining burrata’s ratio of smooth exterior to creamy center (you’ll still get that signature burst of stracciatella). Trust us—there’s no better topping for individual bowls of mac and cheese. But it also adds a bit of luxury to your lunch salad or simple dinner of pasta tossed with Otamot Organic Essential Sauce and Seemore Chicken Kale Pesto Sausage.
- Stracciatella, which refers to small ripped pieces of mozzarella, was born out of cheesemakers’ desire to be less wasteful during the mozzarella making process.
- Burrata cheese is based on traditional mozzarella. It follows the same early steps as mozzarella, including heating curds, gently stretching them and wrapping them into a ball, but with one key addition: cream. When making burrata, the cheesemaker stretches the curd into a cup-like shape, then scoops cream and stracciatella into the center before tying off to enclose the pouch.
- Burrata is a traditional product of a region of southern Italy called the Murgie in Puglia—the "heel" of the Italian boot. Burrata is said to have been first made around 1920 on the Bianchini farm.
- In Italian tradition, burrata is wrapped in an asphodel leaf, a plant from southern Italy that is said to have the same life span as a ball of the cheese. Italians would watch the leaf to see when it wilted or browned as a way to track the freshness of the cheese.