Mozzarella, Buffala Mozzarella, Burrata… Can you tell them apart?
Mozzarella and Burrata are two cheeses that look strong, that are hard to distinguish visually, but are so different!
What are their differences and specificities? We will explain everything to you !
Before comparing mozzarella and burrata, we must first distinguish between the two types of mozzarella: Cow's milk mozzarella and "di Buffala" mozzarella:
Mozzarella is certainly the most consumed cheese in the world. Originally from Italy, mozzarella is a spun cheese made with cow's milk. It is frequently used to make antipasti or to garnish salads or pizzas. It is generally presented in a round shape with a smooth texture, and is consumed hot or cold.
MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA
Bufala mozzarella, unlike cow's milk mozzarella, is made with buffalo milk. Since 1996, Bufala Campana mozzarella has been awarded the AOP (Protected Designation of Origin) label, which means that it is made in a specific geographical area, with recognized and proven know-how. Mozzarella di Bufala is made in Campania, south of Rome, hence its common name “Mozzarella di Bufala Campana”. Like cow’s milk mozzarella, Bufala mozzarella is a spun cheese. It is characterized by a more pronounced taste and its creamier texture. It is best to avoid cooking to retain all its flavor and texture.
It can be presented in the form of balls or braided.
But then quoi what is Burrata?
Burrata is not a mozzarella as we know it. It's a cheese made from the mozzarella itself! Originally from Puglia, the Burrata was invented by an Italian farmer who did not want to spoil his unsold products from the day before. He had the idea of stuffing the leftover pieces of mozzarella with cream and wrapping it all in woven rush leaves. It's a smooth cheese, with a much creamier heart, which can be enjoyed with a simple drizzle of olive oil! Its smoothness allows it to pair with many foods, whether pasta, grilled vegetables or cold meats.
WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE ?
It's according to the recipes!
Burrata is often eaten fresh with a drizzle of olive oil and salt, or on a salad. It is excellent with Genovese Pesto or even an arugula sauce!
We did a test, here is our recipe:
It is a cheese that is best enjoyed in spring and summer.
Mozzarella is also tasted in salads, you can try our recipe with a Burrata or a Mozzarella di Bufala.
Cow's milk mozzarella can be eaten fresh in salads, but it can also be served hot on pizzas or in various hot dishes. For example, it is delicious in an aubergine gratin!