Burrata Snowman

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This fun recipe is inspired by my talented friend Sine @foodbites, whose tutorial had me running 🏃‍♀️ to the store to buy ingredients to recreate these delicious burrata snowmen. Although I used fresh mozzarella instead of burrata, the outcome was still the same – a festive and adorable twist on a traditional Caprese salad 🥗 that will impress your guests and add some cheer to your holiday table.

Why You’ll Love This Burrata Snowman

This appetizer is not only quick and easy to prepare, but it’s also highly adaptable. You can experiment with different types of cheese 🧀, toppings, and vegetables to customize the salad. This is an opportunity to unleash your inner child and have some fun!

How to Prepare This Burrata Snowman

🧀 Place the fresh mozzarella balls in pairs on a large plate or platter, stacking them one on top of the other like a snowman.

🥕 Slice a carrot and trim it into two triangle-shaped noses. Place a carrot nose on each snowman.

☃️ Use peppercorns to create the eyes, mouth and buttons on each snowman.

🌿 Use the basil to make a scarf by sticking it between the two mozzarella balls (between the head and body).

🍅 Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and then arrange the tomatoes around the snowmen on the platter. Scatter in some bocconcini and basil leaves.

🧂 Lastly, top the tomatoes and bocconcini mix with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic glaze and a generous sprinkle of salt. Enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip ☃️

If you don’t have balsamic glaze handy, you can make your own by reducing balsamic vinegar with a bit of sugar until it thickens.

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Burrata Snowman Variations and Substitutions

Make this recipe your own by implementing some of these suggestions:

  • Instead of mozzarella, you can use actual burrata for a creamier texture. You can also experiment with different cheeses 🧀, such as goat cheese or feta cheese. Alternatively, you can cut circles out of any firmer cheese you like to create the snowmen.
  • Try creating the nose by using other vegetables, such as a small piece of radish or red bell pepper, instead of the carrot.
  • If you don’t like peppercorns or don’t have them handy, you could use small pieces of black olives for the eyes, mouth and buttons.
  • Instead of the basil leaves 🌿, the scarf can be made out of spinach or lettuce leaves.
  • Instead of the cheery tomatoes, feel free to use sliced heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell peppers or roasted red peppers for a different flavour profile.
  • Swap the olive oil for chilly oil, truffle-infused oil or garlic oil for a unique taste.

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Serve these Burrata Snowmen with some fresh crusty bread like my No-Knead Bread or No-Knead Focaccia.

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Common Questions

Can I use a different type of cheese?

You most certainly can! Instead of mozzarella, you can use actual burrata for a creamier texture. You can also experiment with different cheeses, such as goat cheese or feta cheese. Alternatively, you can cut circles out of any firmer cheese you like to create the snowmen.

I can’t find peppercorns. What else can I use?

If you don’t like peppercorns or don’t have them handy, you could use small pieces of black olives for the eyes, mouth and buttons.

Can I use other vegetables for decorating instead of cheery tomatoes?

Instead of the cheery tomatoes, feel free to use sliced heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, red bell peppers or roasted red peppers for a different flavour profile.

How long can the assembled snowmen stay fresh?

Assembled snowmen are best served immediately to maintain freshness and texture. If prepared components are stored separately in airtight containers in the fridge, they can last for a day before assembling.

can I make this recipe vegan?

Yes! For a vegan version, consider using vegan mozzarella or cashew-based cheese.

Burrata Snowmen

Burrata Snowman

This fun recipe is inspired by the talented @foodbites, whose tutorial had me running 🏃‍♀️ to the store to buy ingredients to recreate these delicious burrata snowmen. Although I used fresh mozzarella instead of burrata, the outcome was still the same – a festive and adorable twist on a traditional Caprese salad 🥗 that will impress your guests and add some cheer to your holiday table.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 500 grams Fior Di Latte Mozzarella, or Burrata (4 balls)
  • peppercorns, 11-12 peppercorns per snowman
  • carrot
  • basil
  • 255 grams cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 10 bocconcini cheese balls , mini
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • balsamic glaze

Instructions 

  • Place the fresh mozzarella balls in pairs on a large plate or platter, stacking them one on top of the other like a snowman.
  • Slice a carrot and trim it into two triangle-shaped noses. Place a carrot nose on each snowman.
  • Use peppercorns to create the eyes, mouth and buttons on each snowman.
  • Use the basil to make a scarf by sticking it between the two mozzarella balls (between the head and body).
  • Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and arrange the tomatoes around the snowmen on the platter. Scatter in some bocconcini and basil leaves.
  • Top the tomatoes and bocconcini mix with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic glaze and a generous sprinkle of salt. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 561kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 41g, Fat: 43g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 124mg, Sodium: 840mg, Potassium: 234mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 1157IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 888mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
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