Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese  
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon sliced fresh basil leaves

Directions:

  1. Combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly blended.
  3. Divide the cheese mixture among four 10-ounce glasses or goblets.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
  5. Combine the vinegar and granulated sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  6. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 or 3 minutes or until the mixture become lightly syrupy and easily coats the back of a spoon.
  7. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
  8. Toss strawberries with the balsamic syrup until coated.
  9. Divide the strawberries evenly among the glasses over the chilled cheese mixture.
  10. Top with the ribbons of basil and serve immediately.

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