Sunday Dinner

Burrata & Burnt Oranges With Pistachios, Mint & Pomegranate

March 14, 2018
3 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

This recipe comes from my cookbook, Feasts (Octopus Publishing Group). —Sabrina Ghayour

Test Kitchen Notes

While Sabrina's recipe calls for segmenting the oranges, we sliced them (and they were still excellent). To read more about this dish, see the full article. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1 orange or blood orange
  • 1 splash extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ball of burrata
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 2 pinches nigella seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 or 2 pinches sea salt fakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 handful mint leaves, torn
  1. To segment the orange, use a small, sharp knife to cut away the top and bottom of the fruit. Rest the orange on the cut surface, then slice away strips of peel and pith to expose the flesh all around the orange. When peeled, slice out segments of orange and discard the leftover skin.
  2. You can use one of two methods to burn the orange segments: either use a kitchen torch to blacken the slices on both sides or, alternatively, heat a frying pan on the highest heat available until hot, brush a little oil onto both sides of the segments, and place them in the pan. Leave them to cook until starting to blacken, about 1 minute on each side.
  3. Place the ball of burrata in the center of a serving plate and either leave it whole or (if you’re like me) pull it apart into rough quarters (roughly scoring the top makes this easier to do). Arrange the burnt orange segments on the plate and scatter over the pomegranate seeds, pistachios, nigella seeds, and sumac. Drizzle generously with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, scatter over the torn mint leaves and serve.

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4 Reviews

SHainesPA May 13, 2018
This was a great idea and performed really well. I made a number of substitutions bc I was using up what I had: 1 blood orange and 2 navels, lemon zest in place of the sumac, cumin seed instead of nigella seeds, pecan instead of pistachios. The combo of flavors was really different and everyone loved it's taste as well as presentation (so colorful!) Nice recipe!
NCdana January 5, 2020
Did you serve on small plates or cut up the orange slices to put on a carrier? for easy eating? How about carriers? Bread? Crackers? Would love to know how all that worked out. Thanks!
SHainesPA January 6, 2020
I followed the recipe for slicing the fruit. For the cheese, anything neutral works; I think we had baguette slices. I displayed it all on a platter. People took individual bread slices and, using a large, shallow spoon, took the fruit/cheese for their individual plates. I might also have had arugula on the side for those who wanted it make it more substantial.
NCdana January 7, 2020
Sounds lovely! Thanks.