This is a classic and easy burrata pizza recipe that shines in its simplicity. When using a premade crust and sauce, you only need a few ingredients to create this amazing pizza favorite.
What is Burrata?
Burrata is the more luxurious (and more expensive) cousin of fresh mozzarella. It is an Italian cow milk cheese that is made from a fresh mozzarella shell and filled with a mixture of stracciatella cheese and cream. When used on a pizza, burrata is commonly left to shine on its own without too many other toppings, keeping the flavor focus on the lush, soft pillows of cheesy fantasies.
When To Add Burrata To Pizza
There's two schools of thought about when to add the burrata to your pizza. If you prefer warm burrata that's all melty - like shown in these photos - then you'll want to pull the pizza out of the oven a few minutes before the crust is done baking.
You can also bake the pizza fully in the oven, pull it out, and add room temperature burrata to the top immediately before serving. This method retains the original texture of the burrata and some people prefer eating it that way.
Do what you like!
What Kind of Pizza Dough Should I Use?
You can use any kind of dough you prefer for this pizza. If you have a great homemade pizza dough that is your go-to when making homemade pizzas, use it!
When I'm wanting to keep things fast and easy (I work at home and homeschool two kids, so...) I pretty much exclusively buy premade balls of dough from my grocery store's bakery section. The dough is refrigerated and will keep in your refrigerator for several days. When ready to use a premade dough, let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes to take the chill off, and then press it out to a 14-inch pizza. Don't worry if your pizza is not perfectly round - I think it looks more rustic and pretty when it's irregular, don't you?
I do not recommend using canned pizza dough for this burrata pizza recipe. This is mainly a personal preference thing, but I've never been keen on the texture or flavor (or lack thereof...) from canned pizza dough. And you guys know I'm no food snob and I'm not above reaching for a shortcut item when it doesn't affect the end product negatively, but in this case - especially since burrata ain't cheap - use a fresh premade dough or make it yourself for the best result.
What other toppings should I use?
In its simplest form, a delicious burrata pizza recipe needs little more than a crust, a flavorful sauce, fresh burrata, and a small handful of fresh herbs on top. Maybe a sprinkle of black pepper as well. However, you will see other toppings being added to the pizza and I think that's A-okay! Do what tastes amazing to you and don't worry so much about what is "correct". Food should be fun! Here are some ideas:
- Fresh Herbs: fresh basil or fresh arugula is most often seen in burrata pizzas. Add it after the pizza is baked and has been removed from the oven.
- Cooked Onion: Softened or fully caramelized onions are always welcome on my pizzas, regardless of the other toppings present. I added onions to my burrata pizza and I do not regret it.
- Prosciutto: This paper-thin sliced cured Italian ham is a great way to add some flavor and protein to burrata pizza.
- Pesto: Replace the red sauce with pesto for a completely different flavor profile! Round it out by adding some artichoke hearts and toasted pine nuts as well.
- Red Pepper Flakes: My husband adds red pepper flakes to any and all pizzas that he eats, so if you like a little heat, go ahead and sprinkle them on!
Do I Have To Use A Pizza Stone?
Using a preheated pizza stone is the best way to get a perfectly crispy bottom crust on the pizza. Make sure you always place your cold pizza stone into the cold oven so that it can preheat at the same time. Stones are prone to sudden cracking and breaking when exposed to extreme temperature changes, so treat it with care. When the pizza is baked, turn the oven off and let the stone cool completely inside of the oven before removing it.
If you don't have a pizza stone, the next best thing is a perforated pizza pan (one with holes) that'll allow air to get to the bottom crust.
But if you don't have either of those things, go ahead and reach for a big baking sheet lined with parchment.
How To Reheat Burrata Pizza
It goes without saying that burrata pizza is most delicious when enjoyed fresh due to the delicate texture of the burrata itself. However, I'm a little neurotic about never wasting perfectly good food, so if I'm left with some pieces of uneaten pizza, you bet your booty that I'm going to use it!
Reheating Instructions: Preheat oven to 375F and crisp leftover pizza slices in the oven for a few minutes or as desired. If you didn't melt your burrata during the initial bake, the cheese will get melty when reheating, but that's okay.
You can also use an air fryer to reheat pizza slices. Place a slice or two in the fryer basket - however many will fit without being too crowded - and air fry at 350F for 3-5 minutes or until as heated/crispy as you want.Print
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