Burrata with figs, honey and salted walnuts – a fabulous appetizer of sweet fresh figs, served atop luscious, creamy burrata cheese, drizzled with honey, and topped with salted, toasted walnuts for contrast.
A quick post today – not exactly a recipe, rather an idea for a fabulous appetizer, you can make these days, while figs are at their best.
I normally don’t fool around with fresh figs, because to me, they are so precious in their natural state, that the thought of ‘wasting’ them in a recipe, never crosses my mind. But when my friend let me pick some super ripe, absolutely to-die-for Mission figs from his overflowing fig tree, and after properly stuffing myself, I couldn’t resist playing with them a bit.
I was hoarding some fresh burrata cheese in the fridge, and waiting for a few tomatoes to ripen from my tomato patch, so I can make a Caprese salad with it. But those figs, just spoke to me, and whispered they needed some creamy, luscious burrata, to match their perfectly ripe, honey-sweet flesh.
If you haven’t tried burrata, it’s fresh Mozarella’s fancy cousin. It’s actually fresh cheese curds, mixed with cream, and wrapped in Mozarella skin, into a smooth jiggly ball. When you cut it, the creamy center just oozes out and creates a delicious, cheesy mess. It’s really indulgent, and because it’s so delicate in flavor, it’s perfect for sweet and savory combinations. In this case, it’s coupled with both sweet, and salty, and it’s both creamy and crunchy – yeah, I am all for contrast in flavor and texture in my food!
What more can I say – you really need to try this. Just make sure you get the ripest, sweetest figs you can possibly find, arrange on top of the burrata, with some crackers on the side, drizzle with honey, and add some salted, toasted walnuts, then dig in…simple and divine!
You may not even need the crackers – they’re just a distraction.
Burrata with figs, honey and salted walnuts - a fabulous appetizer of sweet fresh figs, served atop luscious, creamy burrata, drizzled with honey, and topped with salted, toasted walnuts for contrast.
- 1 ball of burrata cheese
- 1/2 cup toasted, salted walnuts
- 1/2 lbs fresh figs
- 2-3 Tbs honey
- sea salt
Lightly sprinkle the walnuts with water, and salt liberally. Place in a toaster oven, on medium high, for about 5 minutes, or until nicely toasted.
Arrange the fresh figs, cut in quarters, around the burrata cheese, drizzle all with honey, and top with the salted toasted walnuts. Optionally sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top.
Serve with crackers of choice.