There’s something to be said for a good stretch, especially when making cheese. Let us introduce you to the pasta filata (meaning “spun paste” in Italian) family. They’re stretched- or pulled-curd cheeses typically mild, often sweet and delicate, milky and buttery, and include fresh mozzarella
, provolone, string cheese and Oaxaca
, to name a few. To make these cheeses, the cheesemaking technique involves heating the curds with very hot water and then working or stretching them into a smooth, molten mass before forming them into balls, braids, logs and other shapes. While known for their characteristic elastic, springy consistency and hallmark stretch, these cheeses can range in texture from soft to firm. Some cheeses can be served immediately (fresh mozzarella) or go on to be brined and then aged to develop flavor (provolone
Add these faves to your summer meals, or simply tear them into pieces for snacking.
Here in The State of Cheese, warm weather inspires occasions for alfresco dining. Celebrate and host these good times with a meal centered around to-die-for burrata cheese. It’s a delicate pasta filata cheese with silky soft fresh mozzarella on the outside and a surprise inside—fresh mozzarella shreds soaked in heavy cream lovingly called stracciatella. Only one cheesemaker in Wisconsin makes this craveable cousin to fresh mozzarella. BelGioioso® Cheese has been crafting exceptional Italian cheeses in the U.S. for over 40 years, using traditional methods passed down through generations. Their burrata is made from fresh milk gathered daily from local farmers; each ball is hand-formed and packed in water to ensure its luxurious qualities. While burrata’s sweet, milky flavor shines on its own, this cheese pairs well with sweet and savory accompaniments. Display this beauty with a bevy of toasted baguettes, fruits, charcuterie, pickled veggies and more for guests to nosh on. Summer is served!