In my last post, I talked a little bit about food that (for lack of better words) has blown my mind (normally things that involve real truffles, silky eggs, or excessive amounts of bacon). The first time I ever had burrata, I was a little upset that I hadn’t discovered cream-cheese-stuffed mounds of mozzarella balls sooner. Since then, I always get a little excited to see them on a menu, because it’s very rare to find them at a grocery store. However, after doing a bit of research – I discovered that one of my favorite Italian markets (best known for their hot subs and pizza) in Arlington makes them fresh – The Italian Store.
Another rare find is a fruit that you’ll only see at the market during the fall season – figs. When Summer comes to an end, I normally keep an eye out at the farmer’s market to see which local growers have them first. This year, I noticed them at The Local Market in Falls Church (a great organic market that’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those who don’t like waking up on Saturday mornings for the farmer’s market) while I was shopping for heirloom tomatoes (which also go well with burrata). Figs are very juicy, soft, and have a subtle sweetness that goes great with cheese. They go bad very quickly, so if you find them – eat them within the next few days.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy figs is with Michael Chiarello‘s torn fig & burrata recipe from his Napa Valley restaurant’s cookbook, Bottega. It’s a very simple recipe, and takes only a few minutes to make.
- Fresh figs
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Optional: Rosemary
- Tear a few figs in half, and place them on a plate.
- Cut a mound of burrata into a few bite size pieces.
- Drizzle the burrata and figs in a few tablespoons of olive oil.
- Sprinkle the fig halves with cracked sea salt.
- Optional: Sprinkle over a few teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves.
P.S. When choosing figs, make sure they’re soft, plump, and don’t have bruises. They’re very delicate, so even a tiny poke can tear their skin, leaking juice everywhere, so be careful handling them.