Summer dining is just around the corner and this simple starter that showcases the colours of Italy is a lovely way to serve burrata at a barbecue or as an entrée for a dinner party. The pesto has a more subtle flavour than the standard one made with basil which won’t overwhelm the delicate milky-ness of the burrata.
1 large courgette
100 grams pine nuts
Small handful basil leaves
2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
50 grams Parmigiano, grated
Sea salt to taste
5 Angel cherry tomatoes, halved
Pizza bread or crusty loaf, sliced
Wash the courgette and chop off the ends. Grate coarsely and place in a sieve or colander. Place the colander with the grated zucchini over a bowl. Salt to remove the liquid and leave to stand for 10 minutes. Into the bowl of a blender place the pine nuts, basil, olive oil and Parmigiano. Pulse to blend and season to taste. Add the grated, drained zucchini to the blender with another lug of olive oil. Mix well. Adjust seasoning as required.
To serve: Place the burrata on top of some grilled zucchini (sliced lengthways) on a platter. Add a generous dollop of the pesto. Decorate with the halved tomatoes. Sprinkle with pine nuts, a pinch of fresh oregano (optional) and drizzle with some of the pesto oil. Serve pizza bread alongside.