For this easy dessert of caramelized strawberries with ricotta, ripe berries are cooked in butter and sugar until golden, then spooned over ricotta cheese and showered with fresh mint. It’s an incredibly elegant dessert that comes together in just 15 minutes.
Adapted from Francis Mallmann | Green Fire | Artisan, 2022
Strawberries have a strong affinity for dairy. The English adore their strawberries and cream while watching tennis players compete at Wimbledon. Strawberry shortcake with whipped cream is an American dessert classic. Eastern Europeans prepare blintzes with strawberries and farmer cheese.
In this sumptuous dessert of caramelized strawberries, I cook sugar, butter, and strawberries and spoon the molten stew over a dollop of ricotta topped with fresh mint.–Francis Mallmann
Caramelized Strawberry FAQs
How do I choose the best strawberries?
Always look for berries that are bright red, shiny, and with fresh-looking, little green hats (stems). Avoid pink-hued berries (unless you happen across some of those fancy Pink-A-Boo berries or pineberries, but save those for another recipe). Strawberries ripen on the vine – once picked they don’t continue to ripen. The best berries are allowed to ripen completely and are picked at their peak, and are completely red, juicy, and full of flavor.
Once you get them home, refrigerate your berries unwashed, and keep them dry until you’re ready to use them. Rinse them under cool water while they still have their tops on, then gently blot dry.
What other ways can I use caramelized strawberries?
Our testers got creative, as usual. We think you’ll love the berries with ricotta and mint as written, but imagine them spooned over cottage cheese, yogurt, or even oatmeal at breakfast time – or over goat cheese or a wheel of brie as an appetizer or light lunch – or drizzled over shortcakes, sponge or angel food cakes along with a scoop of ice cream for dessert. The plain ricotta base could also be swapped for this sweet whipped ricotta cream.
A sprinkle of fresh mint leaves is all this stunning combination of skillet caramelized strawberries and creamy ricotta cheese needs. This easy dessert can be made on the grill or stovetop.
Prepare a fire or grill for medium-low heat and set a grate over it. Alternatively, you can prepare this on the stovetop.
Place the berries in a large bowl. Add the sugar and gently toss the berries to thoroughly coat.
Pour the berries into a 9- or 10-inch (23 or 25 cm) cast-iron skillet and dot with the butter. Set the pan on the grill grate or on the stovetop over medium heat and cook until the sugar melts and the berries begin to caramelize, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir occasionally as the butter melts into the caramelized sugar and berries and forms a sauce.
Remove the skillet from the heat and strain the sauce into a bowl, leaving the berries in the warm skillet. Return the pan to the heat and let the berries cook until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
If using lemon zest, stir it into the ricotta cheese.
Spoon the ricotta onto a serving dish and top with the roasted berries. Shower with the mint and serve the warm sauce on the side.
Serving: 1portionCalories: 289kcal (14%)Carbohydrates: 31g (10%)Protein: 8g (16%)Fat: 16g (25%)Saturated Fat: 10g (63%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mg (17%)Sodium: 54mg (2%)Potassium: 308mg (9%)Fiber: 3g (13%)Sugar: 25g (28%)Vitamin A: 526IU (11%)Vitamin C: 93mg (113%)Calcium: 155mg (16%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
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Originally published June 16, 2022
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