What Are Heirloom Tomatoes?Heirloom tomatoes definitely look a little different than your traditional tomatoes. First off, heirloom tomatoes come in different colours, including red, yellow, and even purple (my favourite, obviously). They are also very in shape and size, so don’t be thrown off if your tomato looks a little funny. Heirlooms are “open-pollinated,” which means they get pollinated the old-fashioned way by insects or wind. I’ve also noticed that heirloom tomatoes don’t seem to have as much water in them (is that just me?), which makes them ideal to add to sandwiches and tomatoes because they don’t soak the bread.
Let’s Talk BreadWe all know you can’t go wrong with a piece of bread. Ever. With that being said, there are definitely some breads that are superior to this recipe than others. I recommend grabbing some sort of crusty bread to pair with your heirloom tomatoes and burrata. The best bets will be a baguette or Italian loaf. I find these loaves of bread ideal when toasting since the crust gets extra crusty and provides a nice contrast to the softer ingredients. Now, what about white vs brown vs multigrain bread? At the end of the day, I don’t think it really matters. If you’re looking for a healthier option, obviously go with the multigrain, but a little white bread will be fine!
How to Make Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Toast
Tips for the Perfect Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Toast
What to Serve with Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata Toast
To complement the exquisite flavours of Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Toast, consider serving a side that balances the dish’s freshness and richness. A few great options include:
Mixed Greens Salad: A simple salad with fresh greens, perhaps arugula or baby spinach, tossed in a light vinaigrette can provide a refreshing contrast to the creamy burrata and sweet heirloom tomatoes.
Grilled Asparagus: The smokiness of grilled asparagus pairs wonderfully with the creamy cheese and adds a satisfying crunch to the meal.
Balsamic-Drizzled Roasted Vegetables: Roasted bell peppers, zucchini, or eggplant, drizzled with a balsamic reduction, will harmonize with the sweetness of heirloom tomatoes and the creaminess of burrata.
Garlic-Herb Fries: For a heartier side, consider garlic and herb-seasoned fries or potato wedges. Their crispy texture and savoury flavours complement the toast’s richness.
Quinoa Salad: A cold quinoa salad with diced cucumbers, red onions, and fresh herbs, dressed with lemon vinaigrette, offers a healthy and textural counterpoint.
Crostini with Olive Tapenade: Offer some extra crostini with a flavorful olive tapenade for a Mediterranean twist that complements the toast’s Mediterranean-inspired flavours.
Why You'll Love It
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Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Toast
- 4 Slice Crusty Bread
- 1 burrata ball
- 2 heirloom tomatoes or one large
- 8 garlic cloves
- handful fresh basil
- pinch salt & pepper
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Optional: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and cook your garlic in olive oil for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender. If not rub a raw garlic clove on your toast after it's been toasted.
- Slice your bread and toast in your toaster.
- Once toasted, spread your roasted garlic, burrata and top with your slices of tomatoes.
- Sprinkle salt & pepper and finish with lightly chopped basil.
Storage & Leftovers
Storing your leftover Heirloom Tomato and burrata Toast is a breeze! Just pop it in an airtight container and refrigerate. Make sure to consume it within a day or so to savour those fresh flavours. For the best taste, a quick toast-up in the oven can revive the magic of your heirloom tomato & burrata toast! With butternut squash ravioli, even reheating is a culinary delight!