Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Burrata Bizwich

Campanile's Burrata Sandwich from their Thursday Night Grilled Cheese menu is off its rocker insane. The sandwich varies from week to week, but no matter how they do it, it's always bonkers. So, because there are 6 days that are not Thursday and most of you may not live in LA, we're bringing you our version of this 'bats in the belfry' sandwich so you can try it at home.

But first, for those of you not familiar with Burrata, let us introduce you...

Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese that looks similar to fresh fact the outer shell is made of pure mozzarella. But it's what's on the inside that makes the difference: mozzarella and cream. This combo results in a richer, softer, more spreadable cheese. And it makes us very, very giddy.

For our version, we are using a recipe for parsley pesto from the cookbook of Campanile's owner and executive chef, Mark Peel...

2 garlic cloves, halved, green shoot removed, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, as needed
*2 cups tightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
*1 Tbsp. tightly packed mint leaves, coarsely chopped
*2 Tbsp. tightly packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
2 to 6 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese (we used 3)
Freshly ground black pepper (optional)

To make the pesto the way Mark suggests, with a mortar/pestle, click the link above for specific instructions. We were short of time and threw the above ingredients in a mini food processor.

*Mark recommends that you completely dry your herbs after washing.

The pesto can be made ahead and stored in the fridge. Use leftovers for pasta, on grilled fish, etc...

Now, let's get down to some Burrata bizwich...

Burrata Sandwich
adapted by Tarts
(Makes 4)

4 slices good quality bread, toasted
(We used LaBrea Bakery whole wheat)
*1 pkg Burrata
Parsley Pesto
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
1 avocado, sliced
sea salt flakes, to taste

*If you have trouble finding Burrata, fresh mozzarella or fresh ricotta could be a decent alternative.
**If you've never made crispy garlic, click the link above.

While the bread is toasting, toss the tomatoes with 1 Tbsp. of pesto. If the pesto is too thick, add a bit of olive oil to thin it out.

Next, toss the garbanzos with 1 Tbsp. of pesto.

Spread each slice of toasted bread with a thin layer of pesto. Smash the Burrata with a fork to soften, then spread evenly on top of the pesto. Layer with tomatoes and garbanzos, dividing evenly among the slices. Top with avocado and a sprinkle of garlic chips. Drizzle with more pesto if desired and sprinkle with sea salt.

And take one last look at your beautiful creation, because you're about to destroy it:)


  1. Oooh I love burrata, but I've never had a burrata sandwich. Sounds right up my alley!! And so pretty too :)


  2. This sandwich is out of this world delish! Everybody make it!

  3. Holy cheese, Batman. I have a bib on right now to catch the drool.

  4. Hands down the greatest thing you guys have created, ridiculous! It's gorgeous but not super fussy, love that. Nice work girls!!

  5. since i can't find a rice bread that does justice to a grilled cheese i'm skipping the bread part and lapping up all the fillings. extra burrata please. and maybe I'll even breathe while I eat it!

  6. this looks absolutely mouthwatering... i must try it!

  7. Hmmmmm YEP! I would devour this!
    So good and great pictures. Did you enter my give away?
    Don't want you to miss it 2 more days.
    Gros Bisous

  8. Yumm!!

    Stop by my blog to win a giveaway that I am doing


  9. Oh man, this has all my favorite things! Would it be wrong to eat it at 9am?

  10. That looks so good, great recipe.

  11. Oh, YUM! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Michelle PirontiMay 8, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    I came onto the blog to make pizza and ended up finding this recipe...absolutley RIDICULOUS!!! Hands down one of the best things I have made from the blog!!!! So good and easy to make...doesn't get any better than that :)

  13. yup i definitely need to make that! i've mad e a burrata bruschetta, it was sooo good!

  14. Just a quick message to say thank you for your lovely comment on bakerella's blog (alice in the uk!).

    I LOVE your blog - what brilliant pictures! Man, now I'm hungry!!!! x

  15. I would have loved to have destroyed THAT for dinner tonight..instead of blech chicken breast etc.

  16. That pesto with all the different herbs is a definite winner in my book!

  17. Oooh, this one looks deadly delicious!

  18. yum... and that mark peel book is definitely a good one. i'm not just saying that because i worked with mark on it, i swear. but thanks for the promotion for it :)

  19. Justin - We love Mark and love this book...and I'm not just saying that because I used to work for him:) Have you ever had Camp's greek salad? It's crazy. We did a post about it in October of last year if you want to give it a whack. Thanks for stopping by and congrats on the book!

  20. wow. i can't wait to try this. it looks amazing!

  21. ha, i checked back to see if you wrote a reply... i don't think i've had that greek salad, but i live on the opposite coast, so i don't have a lot of chances to eat there. how funny that you used to work for him. mark is great.