Burrata with Truffled Cherry Tomato-Basil Salad

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Does this really need an introduction?

Burrata with Truffled Cherry Tomato-Basil Salad:

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  • 1 fresh burrata cheese – good quality burrata is now available at Costco (Whole Foods sells the same brand)
  • 1 box fresh cherry tomatoes – can be any size box, no real measurements here
  • a hefty handful of fresh basil
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • 1 tsp red crushed pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp good extra virgin olive oil
  • about 1 tbsp good quality white truffle oil – I bought mine from Dean & Deluca
  • 1 Italian/French baguette
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • shaved dark chocolate (optional and it’s not pictured)

1. In a bowl, mix together the tomatoes, black pepper, salt, red crushed pepper, olive oil, truffle oil, and tear in the basil. Mix and let sit for a good 10-15 minutes so all the flavors can marinate together.

2. In the meantime, slice your baguette on a diagonal, rub the clove of garlic all over it, drizzle with olive oil and toast in an oven or in a pan until golden brown.

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3. In a large serving dish, place the burrata in the middle, and slightly score with a knife until it starts oozing. Toss together the tomato mixture and place around the burrata. Drizzle the entire dish with a bit more extra virgin olive oil and top the burrata with a sprinkle of black pepper and salt. Serve with the crusty bread.

4. If using shaved dark chocolate, when serving, top with about 1 tsp of shaved dark chocolate. The sweetness and bitterness of the chocolate combines nicely with the creaminess of the burrata and strong flavors of the truffle.

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