Cannoli Strawberries #SundaySupper

Cannoli Strawberries - the cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven.

If there are just a few things I’ll remember about my first trip to Boston, I hope the cannolis will be on that list forever. While exploring the city on foot, we discovered Mike’s Pastry in the North End. I’m still unsure if Bostonians actually think this place is a tradition, or consider it a tourist trap. Either way, I was entranced by the sights and smells.

Mike’s version shaped my guidelines for all future cannoli – 1.) It must have a crisp shell, 2.) It has to be filled with lightly sweetened ricotta, and 3.) Not a requirement, but if there are pistachios or mini chocolate chips dotting the ends, it’ll get bonus points in my Cannoli Hall of Fame Scrapbook (not a real thing / should be). Even though I went rogue and used strawberries instead of shells today (it’s too hot to turn on the oven and bake shells), I still met 2 out of my 3 requirements. Not too shabby.

Mike's Pastry in Boston, MA

Today’s #SundaySupper is all about recipes inspired by Sara Moulton, and the event is being hosted by Isabel at Family Foodie, the founder of the #SS movement. I was excited for this theme for several reasons. Sara, the author of Everyday Family Dinners, is a fellow alumna of the University of Michigan! Watching her on some of the earliest broadcasts of the Food Network is still a memory seared into my culinary brain. She made cooking seem accessible to the home cook, but she didn’t dumb it down, and I appreciated it. She taught people how to make simple yet special meals using basic kitchen skills.

Cannoli Strawberries - the cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven.

I found a recipe on Sara’s website for Stuffed Strawberries inspired by cannoli, and I was sold. I recommend that you serve these immediately (or refrigerate them for just an hour if you need to), because to be honest, they get a little watery after that. Despite that drawback, I love the flavors – the tangy vanilla- and lemon-flecked ricotta plays well with the sweet strawberry, and the bit of crunch sprinkled on at the end adds a texture contrast. Its a fruity Boston-inspired sweet treat for when it’s too damn hot to turn on the oven.

Cannoli Strawberries - the cannoli for people who love fruit and don't want to turn on the oven.

Cannoli Strawberries

Yield: 14 to 18 strawberries

Cannoli Strawberries

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Chopped pistachios or mini chocolate chips, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place ricotta in a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Place in refrigerator for one hour.
  2. Meanwhile, using a small melon baller or spoon, hollow out insides of strawberries.
  3. Stir together strained ricotta, sugar, vanilla and lemon zest. Using a pastry bag or small spoon, fill strawberries with ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with pistachios or chocolate chips, if desired. Serve immediately, if possible, or refrigerate up to 1 hour.

Adapted from Sara Moulton’s Stuffed Strawberries

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  • Cindys Recipes

    Not a problem with keeping them. Lori. They would be gone 1, 2, 3!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Haha, thanks Cindy! I had a hard time NOT eating them while I was making them. Ok, I ate like 4.

  • Cindys Recipes

    Not a problem with keeping them. Lori. They would be gone 1, 2, 3!

  • http://www.girlichef.com Heather @girlichef.com

    I don’t think I’d have any problem making these disappear quickly. Just sayin’. ;P

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Heather!

  • http://www.girlichef.com/ Heather @girlichef.com

    I don’t think I’d have any problem making these disappear quickly. Just sayin’. ;P

  • Jen @Juanitascocina

    I’ll take any leftovers you have. :D

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Jen. But yeah…..it’d be pretty hard to have leftovers of these :)

  • Jen @Juanitascocina

    I’ll take any leftovers you have. :D

  • Nancy

    I’ve never had a cannoli. Insane, right?! Although I’ve never tried one, i can tell just from your post and recipe how delicious this must taste. This is a great idea, Lori, to use strawberries instead of blasting a hot oven in the summer.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      No, just wait on the cannoli until you’re in a city that does them right. Because they are so NOT worth it if they’re just so-so. I guess you have to head to Boston…or Italy. Sigh. I know it must be tough to have to do that.

  • Nancy

    I’ve never had a cannoli. Insane, right?! Although I’ve never tried one, i can tell just from your post and recipe how delicious this must taste. This is a great idea, Lori, to use strawberries instead of blasting a hot oven in the summer.

  • http://rufflesandtruffles.com/ Katie

    How perfect do these sound for a bite of dessert? I LOVE cannolis…something about the filling is oh so fab. I don’t think these would stick around in my house for long – they’d be gobbled up instantly

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Katie! And they’re strawberries, so they’re healthy, right? Right.

  • http://rufflesandtruffles.com/ Katie

    How perfect do these sound for a bite of dessert? I LOVE cannolis…something about the filling is oh so fab. I don’t think these would stick around in my house for long – they’d be gobbled up instantly

  • Suzanne

    Love those berries. What a wonderful idea, no bake, or fry less carbs. Great idea. I just love Sara she is my earliest memory of food network (back when I watched it religiously) and you are so right she was amazing, I loved watching her and still do.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Yep, me too – I think Sara is the first person I remember seeing on the Food Network. It was such a different channel back then. I also seem to remember a show with her hosting where she took calls/questions from viewers? I loved it.

  • Suzanne

    Love those berries. What a wonderful idea, no bake, or fry less carbs. Great idea. I just love Sara she is my earliest memory of food network (back when I watched it religiously) and you are so right she was amazing, I loved watching her and still do.

  • kimchi_mom

    LOVE IT. I am not a big dessert fan, but I love a good cannoli. Maybe you could sprinkle some cannoli crumbs onto some of those and get some crunch!

    And I love the egg crate dish! Where did you get it?

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I totally thought about cannoli crumbs for crunch! Or maybe some waffle cone bits? Next time, for sure.

      I got the dish at Anthropologie a few years back. It makes me smile just about every time I open the fridge (usually full of eggs, not strawberries :))

      Looks like now they only sell a six-egg version, but I bet you could find the dozen one on Ebay or something!

      http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-kitchen/25442534.jsp

  • kimchi_mom

    LOVE IT. I am not a big dessert fan, but I love a good cannoli. Maybe you could sprinkle some cannoli crumbs onto some of those and get some crunch!

    And I love the egg crate dish! Where did you get it?

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Haha, thanks Cindy! I had a hard time NOT eating them while I was making them. Ok, I ate like 4.

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Heather!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Jen. But yeah…..it’d be pretty hard to have leftovers of these :)

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    No, just wait on the cannoli until you’re in a city that does them right. Because they are so NOT worth it if they’re just so-so. I guess you have to head to Boston…or Italy. Sigh. I know it must be tough to have to do that.

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Katie! And they’re strawberries, so they’re healthy, right? Right.

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Yep, me too – I think Sara is the first person I remember seeing on the Food Network. It was such a different channel back then. I also seem to remember a show with her hosting where she took calls/questions from viewers? I loved it.

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    I totally thought about cannoli crumbs for crunch! Or maybe some waffle cone bits? Next time, for sure.

    I got the dish at Anthropologie a few years back. It makes me smile just about every time I open the fridge (usually full of eggs, not strawberries :))

    Looks like now they only sell a six-egg version, but I bet you could find the dozen one on Ebay or something!

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-kitchen/25442534.jsp

  • Renee Dobbs

    Years ago my husband and I would frequent this one Italian restaurant for one reason, their cannoli. This brings back such memories of our dinners there. What an awesome way to stuff strawberries and I can see what a great treat these would be.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Yummmm…wish I had an Italian restaurant in my area that served great cannoli. Around here, you’re more likely to get a soggy shell filled with (gasp) buttercream :( hahah.

  • Renee Dobbs

    Years ago my husband and I would frequent this one Italian restaurant for one reason, their cannoli. This brings back such memories of our dinners there. What an awesome way to stuff strawberries and I can see what a great treat these would be.

  • kimchi_mom

    Oh yes, waffle cone bits would be good also!

    The six-egg version is nice, but I love the one you have. BUT there are so many other pretty shiny things on the site….

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Right? I love Anthropologie – wish I could afford to outfit my whole house in their adorable things. I found out that when it was available, it was called the “Farmer’s Egg Crate”:

    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopsale-dining/973774.jsp

    I would totally stalk Ebay for it if you really want one. I did find a bunch of white versions for sale:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/anthropologie-Farmers-Egg-Crate-white-ceramic-carton-tray-jewelry-holder-New-/190864203783?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c7064a007

    Turquoise is cuter, but maybe if you keep searching that on Ebay, a turquoise one will come up eventually! I’ve probably had mine about 3 years, and it’s very sturdy. I take it in and out of the fridge all the time, wash it, etc., and no chips or anything like that.

  • Liz

    Yup, I could make these disappear, too! Truly scrumptious!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Liz!

  • Liz

    Yup, I could make these disappear, too! Truly scrumptious!

  • Debra Elliott

    I just love yummy strawberries… Thanks for stopping by.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      You’re welcome Debra, and thank YOU for stopping by :)

      • Debra Elliott

        My pleasure

  • Debra Elliott

    I just love yummy strawberries… Thanks for stopping by.

  • Kathia Rodriguez

    Love the healthy version of the cannoli just perfect.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Haha yep – the strawberries make me believe it’s a health food :)

  • Kathia Rodriguez

    Love the healthy version of the cannoli just perfect.

  • Alice Choi

    Love these cannoli strawberries, what a great idea!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Alice!

  • Alice Choi

    Love these cannoli strawberries, what a great idea!

  • Shannon R

    They look so perfect! Wow! Great job! I’d totally make these for my friends but I’m not sure I could keep enough not in my mouth :/

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Ummmm yeah, I will admit to eating quite a few while making them. They were impossible to resist!

  • Shannon R

    They look so perfect! Wow! Great job! I’d totally make these for my friends but I’m not sure I could keep enough not in my mouth :/

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Yummmm…wish I had an Italian restaurant in my area that served great cannoli. Around here, you’re more likely to get a soggy shell filled with (gasp) buttercream :( hahah.

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Liz!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    You’re welcome Debra, and thank YOU for stopping by :)

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Haha yep – the strawberries make me believe it’s a health food :)

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Alice!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Ummmm yeah, I will admit to eating quite a few while making them. They were impossible to resist!

  • supperforasteal

    Ok, now you really have me wanting a cannoli, like really, really bad. These strawberries sound fantastic. Off to go find some dessert in this house.

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Hahaha,the perils of reading food blogs in the evening, right? Happens to me every night :)

  • supperforasteal

    Ok, now you really have me wanting a cannoli, like really, really bad. These strawberries sound fantastic. Off to go find some dessert in this house.

  • Family Foodie

    These are so cute! My kids love cannolis and would devour these in a second. They look amazing!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Isabel! They certainly don’t last for long, that’s for sure!

  • Family Foodie

    These are so cute! My kids love cannolis and would devour these in a second. They look amazing!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Hahaha,the perils of reading food blogs in the evening, right? Happens to me every night :)

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Isabel! They certainly don’t last for long, that’s for sure!

  • Brooke Schweers

    Oh this is such a great idea! Strawberries are coming into season here soon so cannot wait to try this!!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Brooke, I hope you enjoy them!

  • Brooke Schweers

    Oh this is such a great idea! Strawberries are coming into season here soon so cannot wait to try this!!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Brooke, I hope you enjoy them!

  • The Ninja Baker

    Love, love, love Boston! So full of history and good food =) Very much appreciate your sharing the cannoli guidelines. And grateful for the best way to present these luscious strawberries =)

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      I think you summed Boston up perfectly – full of history and good food! And, you can walk around the city and take it all in at the same time! Definitely one of my favorite places to visit!

  • The Ninja Baker

    Love, love, love Boston! So full of history and good food =) Very much appreciate your sharing the cannoli guidelines. And grateful for the best way to present these luscious strawberries =)

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    I think you summed Boston up perfectly – full of history and good food! And, you can walk around the city and take it all in at the same time! Definitely one of my favorite places to visit!

  • eurochic

    I live in Boston…and Mike’s Pastry is a treat even for us Bostonians!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oh GOOD! I figured it was, because I knew it wasn’t ALL tourists in there :) I can’t wait to visit Boston again – I just loved everything about the city! My first stop will be directly back to Mike’s Pastry!

  • eurochic

    I live in Boston…and Mike’s Pastry is a treat even for us Bostonians!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Oh GOOD! I figured it was, because I knew it wasn’t ALL tourists in there :) I can’t wait to visit Boston again – I just loved everything about the city! My first stop will be directly back to Mike’s Pastry!

  • Debra Elliott

    My pleasure

  • http://www.tasteasyougo.com/ Michelle @ Taste As You Go

    What a fantastic idea!

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Thanks Michelle!

  • http://www.tasteasyougo.com/ Michelle @ Taste As You Go

    What a fantastic idea!

  • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Thanks Michelle!

  • Marilena

    Have only just found your website. Baked cannoli shells??? Our family has only fried them (forever!) – is there a recipe for the baked ones on your site?? Thanks – Marilena

    • http://www.foxeslovelemons.com/ Lori | Foxes Love Lemons

      Oops, shows how little I know about making real cannolis! I thought the shells were baked, but now I realize they’re definitely fried! I do not have a recipe for baked shells, but it might be something I try out in the future!

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