Burrata with Trout Caviar, Passion Fruit, Vanilla, and Dates

This image courtesy of Daniel Krieger

I am a huge Nintendo fan. I've played countless hours of Mario, Pokémon, and the like. Of all the games I've played, the series I've played the most is Smash Bros. In this game, four classic characters duke it out in an arena, often resulting in hilarity and chaos. This dish is Smash Bros. for your mouth. Ingredients of differing tastes, textures, and intensities do battle in a field of vanilla olive oil, which evokes sweetness, but is savory, complex, and deep. They go at each other with all their might. The sour passion fruit attacks the caviar's salt and the sweet dates with acid. The sticky date is protected by the fatty creaminess of the burrata. The burrata gets chomped as we crunch the passion fruit and search out the murky salinity of the caviar. It's impossible to decide a victor until you see what bite is left last on your plate, but I'd wager the last bite will be a perfect portion of all of the ingredients. This is a dish for people who can see the art in a good fight, not for people who use Pikachu's down and B move over and over.

Makes4 servings

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 minutes

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking Time - Text0.5

Cooking Methodmicrowaving



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFormal Dinner Party

Recipe Courseappetizer

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes


Taste and Texturecreamy, savory, sweet


  • Small microwave-safe bowl
  • 1?4 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1 passion fruit
  • One 8-ounce ball burrata
  • 1 3?4 ounces salmon roe


  1. Scrape the seeds out of the piece of vanilla bean, and discard the pod. Combine the seeds with the oil in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Lightly spray a knife with nonstick cooking spray, then use it to dice the dates into small cubes. Cut the passion fruit in half and scrape out the seeds; discard the skin. Set the seeds aside.

  2. HOLD IT? The dates and oil can be left at room temperature, covered, for up to a day. The passion fruit seeds can be held in the fridge, covered, for up to 2 hours.

  3. PLATE IT! This can be such a pretty dish, I try to have each serving look identical. Line up four plates. Quarter the burrata, being careful not to lose the creamy interior. Cut each of the quarters of burrata into 2 or 3 pieces. Place the burrata sections on the plates. Next, divide the passion fruit among the four plates, placing it on top of some of the burrata and away from other pieces.

  4. Next, add the dates to the plate, in little piles, here and there. Add the roe in clumps, adjacent to or on top of the burrata. Finally, drizzle on the oil in a circular motion, like playing connect the dots.

  5. BREAK IT: Adding more components to this dish will only make it more over the top. Use some cracked coffee beans for a bitter, toasty component, and cook some thyme with the vanilla bean to give it an herbal oomph.

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