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Burrata season begins

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I had my first sighting of one of my favorite seasonal treats at the Wedge the other day: little pouches of burrata, wrapped in green paper like holiday gifts. Burrata is a fresh mozzarella and cream cheese made from the milk of water buffalo--if you like regular fresh mozzarella, this stuff is altogether richer, creamier, and has a stronger, pleasantly sour flavor. It's also a lot more perishable (best eaten within a couple of days of when it's made, so I'd eat it the same day you buy it) and expensive (I think the stuff at the Wedge was about $25 a pound.)

I like to eat burrata on a slice of good bread, drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of pepper or chili flakes, but it's also good paired with fresh tomatoes or anything else that's good with fresh mozzarella. The Wedge was selling whole balls of burrata as well as smaller portions if you just want a little sample. I know burrata is also sold at Surdyk's, but when I called a couple says ago they said they didn't have it in stock yet, so stay tuned.