Recipe by Chef Kate
A wonderful appetizer using a miracle cheese--burata is like a mozarella truffle--a 'skin' of mozzarella surrounding a mozzarella cream. It can be found at speciality stores and many Whole Foods Markets carry it. If you can't find it, you may use fresh mozzarella--not that vacuum-wrapped plastic ball from the supermarket.
- 1 lb radicchio
- 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 baguette
- 1⁄2 lb burata cheese
- fresh ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Trim ends, then cut each head of radicchio into lengthwise quarters and then into crosswise ribbons about 1/4 -inch wide. Combine the radicchio in a cold skillet with 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, salt and balsamic vinegar.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the radicchio has softened, about 10 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook until the radicchio is quite soft and the bitterness has cooked out, about 5 minutes more.
- Season to taste with salt and perhaps just a little more balsamic vinegar.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
- Remove the garlic cloves before serving.
- Slice the baguette into 1/2 -inch slices and toast until lightly browned on both sides.
- Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the radicchio marmalade onto each slice of bread and top with a similarly sized spoonful of burrata (try to get both the filling and the wrapping in each spoonful).
- Sprinkle each with a light grinding of black pepper and a drizzle of the remaining olive oil and serve.