Roasted Strawberries with Ricotta and Mint from Green Fire

Green Fire

Roasted Strawberries with Ricotta and Mint

Yesterday I talked about a wonderful new cookbook offering by Francis Mallmann. Today I'm sharing a recipe directly from the book for his Roasted Strawberries with Ricotta and Mint.

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, I caramelize sugar, butter, and strawberries and spoon the molten stew over a dollop of ricotta topped with fresh mint.

Serves 6

2 pints (450 g) ripe strawberries
½ cup (113 g) sugar 
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
1½ cups (300 g) chilled ricotta cheese
A handful of fresh mint leaves

Prepare a fire for medium-low heat and set a grate over it. 

Hull the berries and place in a bowl. 

If they are large, cut them in half lengthwise. 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 grate (or on the stove top over medium heat) and cook until the sugar melts and the berries begin to caramelize, 3 to 4 minutes. 

Stir occasionally as the butter melts into the caramelized sugar and berries and forms a sauce. 

Remove the pan from the heat and strain the sauce into a bowl, leaving the berries in the warm skillet.

Return the pan to the heat to brown the berries for a minute or so.

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.

Excerpted from Green Fire by Francis Mallmann (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2022.

Green Fire is available for pre-order (releasing May 10) in hardcover format from Indigo and in e-book format from Kobo. Check Penguin Random House Canada for additional retailers.