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This burrata appetizer is a flavor bomb made with juicy cherry tomatoes, sweet dried figs, and a tangy balsamic kick. Topped with creamy burrata cheese, it’s pure indulgence. Perfect for parties or whenever you want to treat yourself to something special!

Looking for more great appetizers you can easily make in a skillet? Try this shakshuka or provoleta next! They’re both so delicious and flavorful.

Top-down view of an appetizer made with cherry tomatoes, figs, and burrata cheese. There are 2 pieces of toasted baguette in the skillet.

Burrata and Tomato Appetizer

You’ve got to try this burrata appetizer – it’s seriously delicious! Just imagine juicy cherry tomatoes, sweet dried figs, and creamy burrata cheese all coming together in one pan. This dish is similar to caprese salad, but made with cherry tomatoes and burrata. It’s also served warm and is perfect for serving with toasted bread or crackers. It’s seriously one of the best flavor combinations I’ve had in a minute. And the best part? It’s so easy to make! Just toss everything in a skillet, let the flavors meld together, and you’re good to go. No fuss, no hassle, just pure yumminess.

Trust me, once you try this tomato and burrata appetizer, you’ll be hooked! It’s perfect for any gathering or a quick treat for yourself. Serve it up with some toasted baguette slices or crostini, and you’ve got an appetizer that’ll impress your friends and family without breaking a sweat. You won’t be able to get enough of this one-pan wonder! It’s cheesy, filled with soft, flavorful veggies, and so irresistible.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This burrata appetizer uses a lot of different seasonings and herbs to really bring out the best in the dish. They complement the creamy cheese, tomatoes, and figs perfectly! Exact measurements can all be found below.

  • Olive Oil: This is where the magic starts! It’s what we use to sauté the shallot, garlic, and thyme, giving the whole dish that awesome richness.
  • Shallot: These little guys are sweet, mild onions that add a ton of flavor to the mix.
  • Garlic: Say hello to that amazing aroma! Minced garlic brings that mouthwatering savory kick we all love.
  • Fresh Thyme: This is the secret herb that makes everything taste oh-so-good! It adds that earthy, herby touch to the tomatoes and figs.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Bursting with juicy sweetness, these colorful gems create the perfect base for our appetizer. Grape tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, and heirloom tomatoes also work, but they’ll change the texture and taste of the appetizer slightly.
  • Dried Figs: Sweet and slightly chewy, figs add a nice contrast to the tomatoes.
  • Kosher Salt and Pepper: Basic but essential! These two make sure all the flavors pop just right.
  • Balsamic Vinegar: Tangy and a little sweet, this glazes the tomatoes and figs and takes the dish to a whole new level!
  • Burrata Cheese: The superstar of the show! Creamy, dreamy, and totally indulgent, this cheese is what makes everything so darn delicious. If you’re having trouble finding burrata cheese, you can also use fresh mozzarella. You just won’t get that creamy effect.
  • Fresh Basil: Finely chopped basil adds a burst of fresh and peppery goodness that amps up the flavors.
  • Baguette: I like to toast up some baguette slices to serve the burrata appetizer with. It gives you the perfect vehicle to scoop up all this yumminess!

How to Make the BEST Burrata Appetizer

Grab your skillet, because it’s time to make a dish that will blow everyone away! The flavors and textures in this burrata appetizer are so impressive, no one will know that it only took 25 minutes to make.

  1. Heat Oil: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Sauté Shallot, Garlic, and Thyme: Add the shallot and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and sauté for an additional minute.
  3. Add in Tomatoes and Figs, Season: Add the tomatoes, figs, salt, and pepper. Then cover and sauté for about 10-12 minutes undisturbed.
  4. Remove the lid, add the balsamic vinegar, then stir. Reduce heat to medium and continue to sauté until any excess liquid has cooked off, stirring occasionally.
  5. Rest: Remove the skillet from heat and let the tomatoes and figs rest for about 8-10 minutes to cool the skillet slightly.
  6. Add Burrata: Place the burrata on top of the tomatoes and figs. Then garnish with fresh basil and kosher salt.
  7. Serve: Serve with toasted baguette slices, sourdough, or your favorite dipping bread!
3-photo collage of the vegetables being sauteed.

Cooking Tips and Variations

Get ready to dive into the deliciousness of this burrata appetizer! I’ve got some awesome tips and fun variations here for you to make it even more mouthwatering. Whether you want to add a little kick or try out new ingredients, get ready to rock your taste buds with this crowd-pleasing dish!

  • Adjust Seasoning: Taste as you go and adjust the salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar to your preference for the perfect flavor.
  • Don’t Overcook: Make sure you don’t overcook the tomatoes and figs. They should be tender but still retain their shape and juiciness.
  • Let it Rest: After cooking, allow the mixture to cool slightly before adding the burrata. This prevents the cheese from melting too quickly and losing its creamy texture.
  • Sweet and Spicy: Kick up the flavor by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of spiciness that complements the sweetness of the figs and tomatoes.
  • More Mix-Ins: Feel free to add extra ingredients like capers, olives, or sun-dried tomatoes for added layers of deliciousness.
  • Make it Sweet: If you prefer a sweeter appetizer, add a touch of honey or maple syrup to the balsamic glaze for a tasty caramelized finish. You can also use hot honey for some kick!

Closeup of a tomato and burrata appetizer.

How Long Will This Burrata Appetizer Last?

This burrata appetizer tastes best when it’s fresh and just made. The juicy tomatoes, sweet figs, and creamy burrata are at their yummiest right after cooking. If you have leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for 2-3 days, but keep in mind the texture might change a bit. When you reheat it, do it gently on low heat. For the ultimate experience, though, enjoy it right away!

Scooping up tomatoes and cheese with a piece of toasted, sliced baguette.


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.

  • Add the shallot and saute for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme, and saute for an additional minute.

  • Add the tomatoes, figs, salt, and pepper. Cover and saute for about 10-12 minutes undisturbed.

  • Remove the lid, add the balsamic vinegar, then stir. Reduce heat to medium and continue to saute until any excess liquid has cooked off, stirring occasionally.

  • Remove the skillet from heat and let the tomatoes and figs rest for about 8-10 minutes to cool the skillet slightly.

  • Place the burrata on top of the tomatoes and figs. Garnish with fresh basil and kosher salt.

  • Serve with toasted baguette, sourdough, or your favorite dipping bread!


I suggest using fresh figs, however they aren’t always available which is why this recipe calls for dried.
If you are wanting to store leftovers, keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for just 2-3 days. This dish is best served fresh. 

Serves: 8

Calories282kcal (14%)Carbohydrates22g (7%)Protein13g (26%)Fat19g (29%)Saturated Fat9g (45%)Polyunsaturated Fat1gMonounsaturated Fat3gCholesterol40mg (13%)Sodium345mg (14%)Potassium181mg (5%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar6g (7%)Vitamin A625IU (13%)Vitamin C10mg (12%)Calcium350mg (35%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish

Cuisine Italian, Italian American

Keyword burrata appetizer, tomato and burrata appetizer



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