This is a recipe I've heard about a lot but never got to do it for some reason until last weekend. Surprisingly, it didn't turn out sweet, but quite spicy due to a fairly large amount of freshly ground black pepper.
For a simple, but sophisticated tasting dish like this, it is, again, crucial that you're using good ingredients only. This starts from using whole black peppercorns (preferrably ground in a mortar), to good cheese, sweet strawberries and so on.
I think this dish is wonderful and could be served as both an appetizer or as a main course. Please let me know what you think of this unique flavor.
for 2 people:
150 g (about 5.5 oz) fresh and sweet strawberries
1 shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
ingredients for basic risotto, as described here
2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2-3 tablespoons ground parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper (use a mortar if you have one)
optional: freshly ground salt
basil leaves for decoration
Wash the strawberries. Thinly slice half of them, cut the other half into larger chunks. Slice one extra strawberry for decoration. Put aside.
Start preparing a basic risotto as I've described it here, but use butter and shallot instead of olive oil and yellow onion. Before pouring the white wine to the rice, add the thinly sliced strawberries and sauté until the fruits soften a bit. Then pour the wine.
Continue until the risotto is almost done. With the last batch of chicken stock, also add the remaining, larger chunks of strawberries. Add cheese, cream and pepper at this point. Stir for another few minutes. Try the risotto and add some salt if necessary.
Serve the risotto with a basil leaf and the sliced strawberry for decoration. Enjoy!