Italian Strawberries and Cream

Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream.
Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert.

1 c ricotta cheese (drained of liquid)
1 T honey 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
3 T Balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 T brown sugar 16 oz strawberries, (leaves and stems removed) and quartered
1 T fresh basil, cut into fine ribbons

Open container of ricotta cheese, empty ricotta into colander (sat onto a plate for liquid to collect) by turning container upside down and and allow ricotta to gently slide onto colander so that drains of all liquid (about 15 minutes then discard liquid).
Spoon 1 cup of cheese into a mixing bowl of a food processor. Add honey and vanilla. Process for 1 minute until mixture is smooth. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolved. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, heat for 3 minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

In a mixing bowl combine the strawberries and basil with vinegar mixture. Divide equally among 4 glasses. Top with ricotta cream. Serve chilled.

Number of Servings: 4