By Vanessa Greaves

Meet burrata cheese — mozzarella's rich, sexy cousin who will sweep you off your feet. I mean, you might show up to the party with mozzarella, but you'll slip out the back with burrata. Here's burrata's personal profile, plus ideas for how to use this most seductive cheese in extra-special appetizers and salads.

What is burrata cheese?

First of all, burrata means buttered in Italian, which tells you a lot.

Just imagine a skin of mozzarella wrapped around a lush core of cheese curds and fresh cream to form a soft, pliable ball. Slice into it and all the rich and creamy goods spill out, ready to make everything it touches that much more fabulous. And just like the butter it's named for, burrata pairs well with sweet and savory dishes alike. Just look at all the delicious mischief you can get up to with burrata cheese.

7 Ways to Use Burrata Cheese in Recipes.

1. Peaches with Burrata, Basil, and Raspberry Balsamic Syrup

Buckwheat Queen raves, "It's official! Peaches and burrata are a perfect couple."

Photo by Vanessa Greaves

2. Peach Brulee Burrata Bruschetta

Momma Loves to Cook says, "Incredible! While looking for a new appetizer recipe, I found this one and was thinking that those herbs don't sound like they would be good with of course I had to try it. Wow!"

3. Stacked Tomato and Burrata Salad

Chef John takes caprese salad and makes it swoon-worthy by using burrata instead of ordinary mozzarella. AdvenChef says, "Burrata is our newest addiction; it's decadent and delicious."

Photo by Kim's Cooking Now!

4. Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches with Burrata and Basil

This delectable combination of sweet/salty/creamy/juicy doesn't give other appetizers a fighting chance.

Photo by Chef John

5. Fig Brulee with Burrata Cheese

"This turned out great," says Brittany. "Though I used honey, I drizzled on top. delish!"

Photo by Oksana Seaman

6. Gazpacho Verde with Burrata Cheese

You'll keep your cool in elegant style with this chilled cucumber soup made all rich and decadent with burrata cheese. SuzyQ says, "First time having and making gazpacho. Who knew something so simple could be so good?"

Photo by Chef John

7. Chef John's Tomato and "Dirt" Salad

Chef John says, "This is my version of a salad I had at a restaurant. Tomatoes at the peak of their season work best and the 'dirt' is actually a mixture of mushrooms, rye bread crumbs, and ground almonds." And of course this is nestled on a bed of burrata cheese.

Related: Get more recipes for cheese appetizers.