I am still on a ricotta kick over here. So when I spied beautiful little early season strawberries at the local farm market, dessert was born. The beautiful little berries bathe in an oddly yummy marinade of balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper (trust me on this one – it is delicious!)….mixed with the creaminess of the ricotta – heavenly. You, of course, can eat the berries alone or substitute marscapone cheese or vanilla ice cream for the ricotta. Easy, elegant dessert that comes together in a snap. Enjoy!
Balsamic Peppered Strawberries with Vanilla Scented Ricotta
For the strawberries:
4 cups of strawberries, sliced
8 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2-4 tablespoons sugar
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
For the Ricotta:
1 cup ricotta
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons sugar
Dark chocolate for grating on top
Fresh mint leaves for garnish
1. For the strawberries: In a medium bowl, mix the balsamic vinegar with the sugar and freshly ground black pepper. I prefer my berries less sweet so typically use 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add more if you like things sweeter. Stir in the sliced strawberries and let marinate for 30 minutes.
2. For the ricotta: In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta with the vanilla and sugar. Ditto on the sugar – more if you like things sweeter.
3. To serve: Place a large scoop of ricotta in a glass dish or large wine glass. Scoop on the berries. Grate some dark chocolate over top. Garnish with a mint leaf. Serve and mpress those guests! Buon appetito!