Stuffed Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries, photo by Jessica Leibowitz

I’m a big fan of the wonderful Italian pastry called cannoli – especially the filling of fresh ricotta, candied zest and chocolate. My dessert swaps the cannoli’s crunchy cylinder of deep-fried dough for a large succulent strawberry. I’ve also replaced the ricotta in the filling with low-fat cream cheese, because ricotta is too wet for this recipe. (You can use full-fat cream cheese if you want, but I think the low-fat is actually quite satisfying, and who needs the extra calories?) The creamy filling and chocolate chunks are a great counterpoint to the tart strawberries. This photo by Jessica Leibowitz is from my iPhone App. Do check out her website, mycameraeatsfood.com.

Makes 4 servings
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total preparation time: 20 minutes

8 large strawberries (about 1 pound)
2 ounces low-fat cream cheese (about 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 ounce bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped candied orange zest

Place each strawberry on one side and cut it in half lengthwise through the cap. Arrange the strawberry halves, cut side up, on a serving plate. Trim a thin slice from the bottom if necessary to make each half sit evenly. Using a small spoon or melon baller, scoop out a hollow in the center of the cut side of each strawberry. Reserve the strawberry scraps for another use (or eat them.)

Combine the cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl; stir in the chocolate and orange zest. Divide the cream cheese mixture into the hollows in the strawberries and serve or refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 hour.

4 Responses to Stuffed Strawberries

  1. Christine says:

    As soon as I saw this I went to my farm stand and got straberries and made them i did add some dark chocolate that I drizzled all over them GREAT!!

  2. Sue says:

    I love to watch Sara on PBS and learn so much about cooking, I do love to cook. This summer as I watch my granddaughters I am going to teach them how to cook. They are 8 & 10 years old. Thank you Sara. from Sue

  3. Ruby says:

    Watch your show every chance I get. Love your easy recipes. Will certainly try this one.

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