Sunday, July 5, 2009

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Well...We went strawberry picking yesterday. As a result we have a TON of strawberries and wanted to try a different kind of dessert. With that said, I also (as you know) have a ton of herbs growing, one of them being mint. I found this recipe. They use basil, but we decided to go with mint. It was fantastic. I added a picture to show you. Hope you enjoy.

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 (16-ounce) container strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, cut into ribbons

Put the ricotta cheese, honey and vanilla extract into the small bowl of a food processor and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. In a small saucepan combine the vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely. In a medium bowl, toss the berries with the mint and the balsamic syrup. Layer the cream, then the strawberry mixture. As a variation, for Dave’s, I first put in a layer of crumbled graham crackers.

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