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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 157.0
  • Total Fat: 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.1 mg
  • Sodium: 84.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 23.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Introduction

Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert. Strawberries are combined with tangy and sweet balsamic vinegar and creamy ricotta in this quick and simple dessert.
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    1 pound strawberries, hulled* and quartered
    1 tablespoon fresh basil, cut into fine ribbons

    *To hull a strawberry, remove the stem and leaves.

Tips

Use Chef Meg's homemade ricotta recipe (it's easy!) and local honey for even more flavor.
Since there are so few ingredients in this recipe, be sure to choose the highest quality possible. When choosing a ricotta, look for one that does not contain any stabilizers or gums, which will give the cheese a grainy texture.


Directions

Place the ricotta in a medium bowl or the bowl of a food processor. Add the honey and vanilla. Process for 1 minute (or mix using a hand mixer) until the ricotta is smooth.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, combine the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, then cook for three minutes.
Transfer to a medium bowl and allow to cool completely.
Once cool, gently stir in the strawberries and basil.
Layer the strawberries and ricotta into four glasses and serve immediately.
Garnish with additional basil, if desired.







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  • Incredible!
    80 of 84 people found this review helpful
    Skip the ricotta mix -it's grainy and altogether odd. Top the strawberry/basil/vinegar with Yoplait honey vanilla Greek yogurt. It will blow your mind, and that yogurt has twice the protein of most yogurts plus has no High Fructose Corn Syrup. Don't skip the basil - it really adds something special. - 6/1/10

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  • Very Good
    51 of 51 people found this review helpful
    This was great, loved the basalmic vinegar and basil with the strawberries. I found the ricotta to be somewhat grainy though and might try it with mascarpone. - 9/16/09

    Reply from CHEF_MEG (9/16/09)
    Commercial ricotta is somewhat grainy because of the stabilizers used in the product. I make my own sometimes and would be happy to share the recipe!


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  • 28 of 30 people found this review helpful
    Low fat Greek yogurt is good too! - 12/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    I wasn't sure about the basil as I was chopping it but it really adds something! I added in blueberries as well! - 12/5/09

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
    YUMMY!! Tried the recipe with low fat greek yogurt instead of the ricotta. Wow! - 1/30/10

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  • O.K.
    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This recipe sounded good so I doubled the recipe and divided into 11 glass serving dishes for a dinner party. Unfortunately, my guests found the ricotta too grainy and the flavour combinations too strange for their tastes. I ate mine but wouldn't make it again. - 12/15/09

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  • 13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    I liked the ricotta cream very much, but the balsamic sauce was a little strong. I've had balsamic vinegar on strawberries before and wasn't a big fan. Most importantly, as for the GRAINY TEXTURE, I used my stick blender and the texture was very SMOOTH! - 3/3/10

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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I thought it was very good and low in calories. The kids didn't care for the texture of the ricotta cheese. They said it was like eating dirt lol. I personally thought it was very good. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. - 12/6/09

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  • 11 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Is your homemade ricotta recipe on the site (couldn't find it?)
    If not, could you share it, please? - 1/26/10

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  • Very Good
    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Delicious. It's good to have the next day for lunch too. Just enough sweet to satisfy cravings :) - 9/4/09

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  • 8 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Here is the link to Chef Meg's Ricotta Cheese Recipe

    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
    tail.asp?recipe=1111690 You can also click on her name to go to her page of recipes to find it on that page. - 3/25/10

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  • 8 of 16 people found this review helpful
    My daugher would love this recipe. Cant wait to try it but I think I would also try mascarpone or even a half and half mixture with cottage cheese. - 12/3/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! I wish the recipe for the homemade ricotta was included here though. I used store bought and there was a hint of graininess. But all in all it was very good. - 1/28/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Had strawberries with Balsamic vinegar in an expensive San Francisco restaurant, long time ago. Loved it ever since, and will make it again while the strawberries are in season. - 12/3/09

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  • 6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This sounds amazing! Found a homemade ricotta recipe: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/00028
    2.html
    Does anyone have a great recipe for homemade ricotta/ - 12/3/09

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  • O.K.
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Yes, the ricotta is very grainy and frankly, pretty bland. I added a tsp or so of splenda to my son's serving and he still wouldn't eat it. I ate it but won't make it this way again. I will try it next time with greek yogurt as suggested, maybe try fat free cream cheese too. - 4/5/10

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  • 5 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Please share your recipie for making Ricotta. I would love it - 1/19/10

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  • 5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    hi where can I find your recipe for the homemade ricotta? I've seen several people ask for it. Help! Thanks. Kathy - 12/3/09

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  • 4 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I think this would be good wrapped in a crepe. - 1/18/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Great for a romantic dinner.
    The more strawberries...the more lovin'. - 12/16/09

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  • 4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    If you don't have a food processor, you can use a hand mixer, or even a plain old spoon and bowl to mix the ingredients. Really, sometimes necessity is the moter of invention, or just think of the things we used before all the electric inventions...they still work, only they take a little longer - 12/3/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    There is a big difference between brands of ricotta. I did a little research on what the others liked as well and Polly-O seems to be the winner hands down. - 12/29/10

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Hi Chef Meg, thanks for sharing all your recipes with us. My husband could care less about dieting, but since I have now been following your recipes he has been complementing me on my cooking abilities. Please, share with us how to make home-made ricotta, as store bought is too grainy. - 12/3/09

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yes, Chef Meg, please share your recipe for Ricotta Cheese! - 3/22/10

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  • 2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    has Chef Meg ever shared her how to make ricotta cheese recipe? would love to try it.. - 2/22/10

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