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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Strawberries~ Italiano

The fun part about our Sunday Slow Baking group is that it forces me to do something that I never would try.
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!

Y'all enjoy!


Justabeachkat said...

Yum! And beautiful too.


Tonja said...

I just gained 5 pounds reading about it! Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Looks good enough to eat!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

kat~ It would be a perfect treat for the pool!
Tonja~ 5 pounds you could afford!
Diane~ but of course we ate it... this is not a just for photo's blog.

Pearl Maple said...

What a decadent combination of sweet and spice. Bit of Italian influence slipping into your recipies after your recent trip.

Always a delight to vist and see what inspiration you are sharing with everyone.

PAT said...

It's beautiful and looks quite tasty too!


Anonymous said...

Sandi - isn't it amazing how some simple ingredients, when mixed together, yield such incredible flavours!

wheresmymind said...

I could totally see how black pepper and strawberries would be a power combo :)

Sandy McTier Designs said...

Sounds delish!
Have a fabulous week.
Sandy :)

Kathy said...

Thanks for the safe travel comment Sandi, I love your last two posts and left a longer comment on the poppy post, ciao for now, Kathy.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

It is yummy. I like it with pears and black pepper too.


Mari said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad you did, because I've enjoyed my visit here. I would never have thought to put peppercorns with strawberries but I bet it's good. I love the poppy pictures too!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pearl~ You are right... I've been on an Italy kick. It is time to get back to the real world.
Where's my mind~ Where you been??
Sandy~ I love the poppies you've been doing.
ciao Kathy!
Francie~ I will have to try that. I have some pears in the fridge right now. That will be tonights dessert.
Mari~ now I can find you again!

Jeanne said...

That looks amazing. We've got plenty of strawberries up here right now. I never would have thought to put pepper with them.

Anonymous said...

Those are gorgeous and it really does sound good.

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