Strawberries and ricotta cheese with black pepper?
That has 'bleack' written all over it!
This weeks recipe from Gina DePalma's cookbook 'Dolce Italiano' is Strawberries in Chianti with Black Pepper Ricotta Cream. Strawberries are in season and fresh from Chilton County, I had some ricotta that I was planning to use in a lasagna latter in the week.
Here goes nothing...
Strawberries with Black Pepper Cream
2 pints strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Chianti wine
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cups ricotta
2 tsp black peppercorns
2 hours before serving, slice the strawberries and cover with 2 tbs sugar. Pour the wine on top of the berries and give them a stir. Place in the fridge to chill and marinate.
Mix the heavy cream and 6 Tbs of sugar on medium until soft peaks form. Add the ricotta and cracked black pepper, beat briefly until smooth.
To serve place a generous spoonful of the strawberries in a glass and cover with cream.
This was such a treat! The sweetness of the wine soaked strawberries and the creaminess of the ricotta with a twang of black pepper. It really is a delightful summertime dessert.
It went perfectly with our grilled chicken and veggies, and we didn't even have to heat up the kitchen!