Hot Damn that looks good. If my love of winter seasonal fruit and veggies wasn’t made wildly apparent with my post a few weeks ago, you’ll probably get overwhelmed with my joy here. But how can you not with a gorgeous burrata appetizer with seasonal fruit, local honey, and nuts?
While this winter fruit appetizer platter has more of a holiday vibe (though it totally doesn’t have to), this citrus plate really has the bright vibrancy the new year calls for!
But just like my last minute appetizer with fresh fruit and that winter fruit platter, this burrata appetizer can be created year round, swapping out seasonal produce as available! Heck you can even make it savory like in this grilled veggie antipasto.
If you haven’t fallen in love with burrata yet, stop what you’re doing (reading this post obviously) and go get your hands on some. It’s inexpensive at Trader Joe’s and worth every penny!
Burrata is a deliciously creamy cheese that really can be the center of any dish! It pairs beautifully with fruit, with veggies (like on this mushroom toast), and even on a charcuterie board with traditional cured meat offerings.
I even put it on a breakfast salad a time or two!
For this burrata appetizer, we opted to drizzle it with local honey. Honey comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors! While they’re all sweet on their own, honey that comes in, say, the classic bear container is going to be far more sugary and refined – not my jam. Or is it, not my honey?
Local honey will tend to be sweet but not as sugary tasting. If you really get into honey taste tasting, you can start to taste the flavors (i.e. what the bees were nibbling on). It also won’t be such a seamlessly smooth consistency but with a bit more grit! It’s good!
Anyway, it’s hard to explain, but just know that a local honey with all those characters really compliments the seasonal citrus in this recipe.
How to Serve Oranges
I’m really big on serving things anyway you darn well please. But there are certainly a variety of ways to serve citrus, namely oranges and grapefruit.
Were it a typical entertaining affair, I don’t know if I’d have much time to supreme my citrus like you see here (more below).
Honestly, cutting the citrus in half and then slices or even just doing oranges would be fine with me – nobody would care.
But sometimes I’m feeling really fancy and I supreme them. And more often, I’m feeling kinda fancy, so I do a mix of supreming some and peeling others or just segmenting. I think I stop just short of throwing the whole orange on the plate at times!
How do you Supreme Citrus?
So basically the process of supreming means removing all skin and pith (the white stuff). You’ll want to first remove the skin. I like to cut the top and bottom bits off, so it sits flat on the cutting board, and then use my paring knife to cut around the fruit, cutting off all pith.
From there, take your paring knife and cut between the “skin” between the segments. What you get is the absolutely juiciest, sweetest parts of the orange or grapefruit.
But as I said before, do what feels best and it will be perfect…because it’s fresh, seasonal fruit!
What to Serve with burrata?
What not to serve with burrata?? Ok. That seems excessive (if you haven’t tried burrata yet), but it really is a fabulous cheese to serve. It’s like goat cheese in our household. It makes everything better and we never regret adding it to a dish or appetizer!
In this burrata appetizer, the citrus has a sweet tang, the burrata has that wonderful creaminess, and the local honey adds a sweet earthiness. The only thing missing was something crunchy and something salty.
Just like I always say when it comes to salad toppings, having a combination of consistencies is really what makes a dish a dish rather than just a collection of ingredients.
The citrus is juicy; the cheese is creamy; and the honey is thick. The only thing missing is crunch (and salt). What better way to fix both of those needs than roasted nuts, or in this case: smoked almonds? Any kind of roasted, salt nut or nut mix, however, would be fabulous!
Other Appetizer Recipes
I’m always on board for a good seasonal appetizer recipe. Here are some of my FAVORITES for any time of year!
If you have kiddos around, this kids appetizer board is a healthy and yummy setup (that all the adults will love too)!
WINTER APPETIZER PLATE
- 1 paring knife
- 1 plate or board
- 8 ounces burrata
- 1 to 2 pink grapefruits supremed
- 1 to 2 navel oranges supremed
- 2 mandarins peeled and segmented
- ½ cup smoked almonds
- ¼ cup honey
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- Place the burrata in the center of a serving bowl or platter. Arrange the grapefruit, orange, and mandarin segments, along with the almonds, around the cheese.
- Warm the honey. You can put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds or put the honey in a bowl and set the bottom of the bowl in a dish of hot water. Stir the honey vigorously for about 30 seconds until it is smooth, easy to drizzle, and looks a bit frothy.
- Cut the burrata and drizzle with some of the honey. To serve, allow everyone to build their bowl of citrus and top it with burrata, almonds, honey, and mint leaves.