Green beans and burrata is a simple side dish or starter that is easy to make but so impressive. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese that is made from mozzarella and filled with fresh cream to make it really luxurious. This cheese has a really soft an creamy texture, and a delicate flavour. The word burrata literally translates as ‘butter’, which reflects how this heavenly cheese melts in your mouth. It is from the region of Puglia in southern Italy, and is traditionally made by hand from only three ingredients. Green beans and burrata is a simple but stunning combination, and the slight crunch of hazelnuts really complements the soft texture of the cheese. We’ve finished off this green beans and burrata dish with a simple drizzle of olive oil, but make sure it’s good quality olive oil for the best results. We love the Belazu Verdemanda Extra Virgin Olive Oil (available from Ocado) as it has a deep and fruity flavour with lingering olive notes. You could serve this dish as a dinner party starter, or scale it up to serve as a truly memorable buffet dish.
- 250g green beans, trimmed
- 150g cherry tomatoes
- 4tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
- juice of 1 large lemon
- 50g toasted hazelnuts, chopped
- 2 balls of burrata
Blanch the green beans in boiling water then refresh under cold water and drain. Halve or quarter the cherry tomatoes. Whisk the oil with the lemon juice, and season well. Toss the beans and tomatoes in the dressing, and transfer to a serving plate.
Scatter the toasted hazelnuts over the beans. Split each burrata in half and place on top of the beans. Grind over some black pepper and drizzle over a little extra oil before serving.