Burrata with Spicy Honey Drizzle and Herb-Infused Breadsticks

Description

Elevate your appetizer game with this delightful twist on a classic Italian favorite: Burrata with Spicy Honey Drizzle and Herb-Infused Breadsticks. The creamy, luscious burrata pairs beautifully with the sweet and spicy honey, while the homemade herb-infused breadsticks add a fragrant crunch to every bite. This recipe is perfect for entertaining or a special night in, offering a sophisticated yet approachable dish that will impress your guests and tantalize your taste buds.

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Ingredients

Fresh burrata balls
2
Cup honey
1/4
Red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon
Lemon zest
1 teaspoon
Sea salt
A pinch
Fresh basil leaves for garnish
All-purpose flour
2 cups
1 packet active dry yeast
(2 1/4 teaspoons)
Sugar
1 teaspoon
Salt
1 teaspoon
Warm water (110°F)
3/4 cup
Olive oil
2 tablespoons
Fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon
Fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon
Fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 tablespoon
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
2 tablespoons

Instructions

1. Making the Spicy Honey Drizzle:

  • Combine Honey Ingredients: In a small saucepan, combine the honey, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and sea salt.
  • Heat and Infuse: Warm the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  • Cool: Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Preparing the Herb-Infused Breadsticks:

  • Activate the Yeast: In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.
  • Mix Dough Ingredients: Add the flour, salt, olive oil, and chopped herbs to the yeast mixture. Stir until a dough forms.
  • Knead the Dough: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  • First Rise: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

3. Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4. Shape the Breadsticks:

  • Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long, thin stick, about 10-12 inches in length.
  • Second Rise: Place the breadsticks on the prepared baking sheet, cover lightly with a cloth, and let them rise for an additional 15-20 minutes.

5. Bake:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Add Parmesan (Optional): If using, sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the hot breadsticks as soon as they come out of the oven.

6. Assembling the Dish:

  • Prepare Burrata: Gently place the burrata balls on a serving platter.
  • Drizzle: Generously drizzle the cooled spicy honey over the burrata.
  • Garnish: Add fresh basil leaves for a pop of color and an extra layer of flavor.
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erving Options

  1. With Breadsticks: Serve the burrata with the warm herb-infused breadsticks on the side. Encourage your guests to tear off pieces of the breadsticks and dip them into the creamy burrata and spicy honey.
  2. Accompaniments: This dish pairs wonderfully with a crisp white wine or a light, fruity red. A simple arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette would complement the richness of the burrata.
  3. Alternative Dips: For an added twist, serve with a side of balsamic reduction or a fig jam for guests who prefer a sweeter option.

Additional Tips

  • Make Ahead: The breadstick dough can be prepared up to a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before shaping and baking.
  • Customization: Feel free to experiment with different herbs for the breadsticks, such as basil, dill, or chives, to suit your personal taste.
  • Extra Crunch: For added texture, sprinkle some toasted pine nuts or crushed pistachios over the burrata before serving.

This Burrata with Spicy Honey Drizzle and Herb-Infused Breadsticks offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures that is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Enjoy the creamy, spicy, and fragrant experience with every bite!