Della Fattoria’s Heirloom Tomato and Burrata 

Della Fattoria chef Stephane Saint Louis estimated the proportions for this recipe; it has not been tested.

  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh basil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • Pesto
  • 4 thick slices of Della Fattoria rosemary bread or pain au levain
  • 4-ounce ball of burrata, halved
  • Microgreens for garnish
  • Basil oil

Core the tomatoes. With a serrated knife, slice about ¾ inch off the tops. With a paring knife, carefully hollow out the tomatoes and chop the interior flesh roughly.  Place the hollowed-out tomatoes upside down on paper towels to blot excess moisture.

In a saucepan, gently simmer the balsamic vinegar until reduced to ¼ cup. Chill in an ice bath. It will thicken as it cools.

In a small bowl, toss the chopped tomato with a little olive oil and a splash of wine vinegar. Add a few torn basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 425°F. In a small bowl, toss the cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil and a small spoonful of pesto. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 7 minutes.

Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a skillet and sear the bread slices on both sides.

To assemble:

Season the inside of the tomatoes with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Spoon a little balsamic reduction inside each tomato, then tuck in a burrata half. Spoon the chopped tomato on top. Replace the tomato cap. Fill the hole left by the core with microgreens or a small basil leaf to resemble the stem.

Put a burrata-stuffed tomato on each of 2 salad plates. Surround with more of the balsamic reduction, basil oil and dots of pesto. Scatter the warm cherry tomatoes around. Serve with toast on the side.

Serves 2