Odd tidbit about me: when I was younger I really hated melted mozzarella cheese. You know, like the melted mozzarella cheese that is a key component of pizza? Didn’t like it. I would take the mozzarella cheese off of my pizza and eat saucy bread instead.
My chief complaint about melted mozzarella was that it was too much and, it was bland. I’ve (thank God) gotten over that now and have no qualms about mozzarella cheese on my pizza or elsewhere.
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One of the things that helped me turn the corner was tasting real, fresh mozzarella and realizing it’s not bland at all – it’s just subtle and sweet and creamy. Fresh mozzarella > melted mozzarella in my book.
And the only thing better than fresh mozzarella is fresh burrata. You guys know this about me by now. I freaking love burrata. I will put that stuff on everything. Burrata pasta, burrata salad, burrata salad again, burrata crostini – the list really goes on and on.
It’s just so creamy and sweet and versatile. Burrata is the perfect blank canvas for a whole lot of things. So burrata recipe #5 comes at you in the form of these super addictive honeyed burrata toasts.
These burrata toasts are super, super easy, but you have a secret ingredient that gives them a fancy dinner party feel. That secret ingredient is honeycomb.
One of my good friends in Nashville got me honeycomb from Savannah Bee Company for my birthday a few years ago (yes, the same Savannah Bee Company I talked about in my Food Guide to Savannah last week). It quickly made its way on all of our Monday night cheeseboards and became a fast favorite.
Honeycomb vs. Honey
So if you balked a little bit at me when I said honeycomb and wondered how you would eat honeycomb on burrata toasts, you’re probably not alone. It’s not widely known that honeycomb is edible, and at first glance it looks a little weird and like you probably shouldn’t eat it. But I’m here to tell you that you definitely should.
The honeycomb is a raw form of honey that still has the hexagonal, crystallized beeswax combined with the honey. The best thing about it is the texture – it’s pleasantly chewy with a little bit of crunch from the crystallization.
You get these little pockets of honey that burst in your mouth when you chew them, and it’s all in all just a pleasant experience.
You can buy Savannah Bee Company Honeycomb from Amazon here.
If you try it out, I’d love to hear what you think!
Making Honeyed Burrata Toasts
Okay, so we’ve got the burrata and we’ve got the honeycomb. Now let’s talk about the rest of the components of these burrata toasts. The first is obviously toast – I like a crunchy french baguette or ciabatta loaf here. The texture of the honeycomb and crispy bread go great with the soft, creamy burrata cheese.
Next up are the garnishes to give the burrata toasts just a little bit of extra oomph and complexity. I used mint for something bright and fresh (plus the green mint with the orange honeycomb is just so pretty). I also used orange zest for a subtle, sweet citrus flavor. I tried some with lemon zest as well, but I like the flavor of the orange zest much more.
The final garnish is just a little bit of flaky sea salt. The sea salt with the crystallized honeycomb is the perfect subtle combination of salty/sweet.
I’d be willing to bet you can whip up these honeyed burrata toasts in 5 minutes or less. The perfect thing to reach for when friends stop by for a glass of wine.
Honeyed Burrata Toasts
These addictive appetizers are made with toasted bread, creamy burrata and crystallized honeycomb – taken over the top with fresh mint, flaky sea salt, and orange zest!
- 1/2 large French baguette cut into thin slices
- 6 oz burrata cheese torn
- 1 tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 3 tbsp raw honeycomb
- 1 tbsp fresh orange zest
- 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
Slice the french baguette and lightly toast if desired – you can also serve untoasted. Place on a serving platter.
Tear the burrata over the slices of bread, distributing evenly
Sprinkle mint evenly on top of the burrata toasts, then cut off pieces of honeycomb and distribute evenly among the toasts
Grate fresh orange zest over top of the toasts and sprinkle flaky sea salt over the top as well. Serve immediately!
You can find good quality honeycomb at many artisan food stores, or you can buy honeycomb from the Savannah Bee Company online!