Cooking: 8 Recipes to Say So Long, It’s Sure Been Fun!

Monday, August 24, 2015

8 Recipes to Say So Long, It’s Sure Been Fun!

Well, folks, Sam Sifton is returning from vacation, so I am signing off for now. It’s been fun sharing my cooking musings with you.

I’d like to leave you all with one last thought: burrata, that milky, soft ball of cream-filled mozzarella. I’m obsessed with the stuff, and have been craving it lately, eating it by the spoonful drizzled with good olive oil and flecked with flaky salt.

It’s all my friend Elizabeth Minchilli’s fault. Her Instagram account is full of gorgeous burrata and mozzarella photos, among other tasty things (negronis!). Luckily burrata is getting easier to find in my neighborhood, and I hope in yours, too.

Because a girl can’t live by cheese alone, to make burrata (or a nice fresh mozzarella) into dinner, I’ve been pairing it with all kinds of summery side dishes. (Note for people who don’t do cheese: These same strategies work with all manner of cured meats and fish as well.)

Cool, marinated meats and vegetables, like this make-ahead escabeche salad from Mark Bittman, add a contrasting bite to the rich, malleable cheese. Simple grilled vegetables with a lemon-caper dressing accomplish the same goal.

Another idea is to serve burrata on a platter with Martha Rose Shulman’s Balkan eggplant chile spread, some grilled flatbread and maybe Tara Parker-Pope’s pan-roasted green beans with almonds. A cold bottle of rosé wouldn’t hurt, either.

Or make the cheese the centerpiece of a light meal with Julia Moskin’s burrata with snap peas and shiitakes.

Do you really need dessert after eating burrata for dinner? Oh, good – me, too! If you have fresh fruit on hand, try my buckle recipe (above). It’s fast and fruity and tastes just like a summer dessert should. Which is, yummy.

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Melina Hammer for The New York Times
20 minutes, plus time to infuse the oil, 2 servings as an appetizer
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Escabeche salad.

Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
From 30 minutes to 1 day, largely unattended, 4 servings
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Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
1 hour 30 minutes, Makes about 1 1/2 cups
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Pan Roasted Green Beans with Golden Almonds
About 30 minutes, 4 servings
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Mark Bittman grills Lebanese flatbread, which makes a great snack with hummus or baba ghanouj while you're cooking the rest of your meal.

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
1 1/2 hours, 8 breads
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Melissa Clark makes a buckle with copious amounts of fruit and just enough batter to bind it together.
1 hour, 8 servings
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