This Strawberry Panna Cotta Recipe is an easy recipe bursting with fresh roasted Florida strawberries that take it to a whole other level. It will be the star of your dessert table! Panna cotta is such an easy dessert to love. Not only is it deliciously smooth and creamy, it’s easy to make and actually needs to be made ahead. As a result, it’s one of my go to make ahead dinner party recipes.
Often when we go out for dinner, I’ll choose something that I don’t tend to cook myself at home, either because it’s a bit complicated, or it’s something new. Then I make an exception for a couple things that are just too good to pass over. Panna cotta is one of those for me. In it’s simplest form, it’s just a mixture of sweetened cream and milk set with gelatin. I have made a couple variations myself which I love, including peach panna cotta and apple panna cotta. This strawberry panna cotta recipe was new to me but I instantly loved it.
This recipe is courtesy of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, inspired by a dish from Absinthe Brassiere and Bar. I can completely understand why they decided to make a version of it at home, it’s that good. It’s the kind of dessert that is bound to wow guests for it’s fabulous flavors and little details.
Strawberry Panna Cotta Recipe Tips
Yes, this dessert has a few more steps than some, but nothing is complicated and it can all be done ahead. Here’s a breakdown of how I’d suggest making it.
The day before –
- make the buttermilk panna cotta and refrigerate to set. You can do this only a few hours ahead but overnight is better.
A few hours before –
- Roast the strawberries and leave to cool. This can also be done the day before, though the strawberries do lose a little color if chilled overnight.
- Roast the pistachios and chop them. This can also be done the day before.
- Infuse the cream, chill it then whip. Don’t leave whipped more than a couple hours.
Just before serving –
- Layer the panna cotta with the strawberries, cream and pistachios on top.
Florida Strawberries are in season all winter long, so the timing is perfect this strawberry panna cotta recipe for all of your Holiday entertaining. If you don’t find Florida Strawberries in your produce section, ask your grocer to stock them. Now that you have scrumptious Florida Strawberries from December through April why not make a rustic strawberry tart or easy strawberry crepes?
This strawberry panna cotta recipe is a truly amazing combination that’s sure to wow. Wonderfully creamy buttermilk panna cotta, intensely flavorful roasted strawberries, all topped off with smooth whipped cream and crunchy pistachios. It knocks other make ahead dinner party recipes out of the park. The only question is when are you going to serve it first.
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- 2 tbsp water
- 1/4 oz gelatin unflavored
- 1 cup half-and-half not fat-free or reduced fat
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 cups buttermilk at room temperature
- 2 pints Strawberries washed, hulled and chopped - See note #1
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 Vanilla bean split and seeds removed
- 12 leaves basil
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup pistachios shelled
In a small bowl, add the water and sprinkle with unflavored gelatin. Let stand for 5 minutes.
While gelatin is dissolving, heat half-and-half, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves, about five minutes.
Reduce heat to low and stir in gelatin and buttermilk. Carefully pour mixture through a fine sieve into eight 6-ounce ramekins. Cover and chill for at least four hours or overnight (can be made to this point up to one day in advance). Top with roasted strawberries, basil-infused whipped cream, cinnamon (optional) and toasted pistachios (recipes follow).
Preheat the oven to 450F. In a small mixing bowl, stir sugar and vanilla seeds to combine. Place the strawberries on a baking pan and toss with the sugar. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Wrap basil leaves in a paper towel and gently bruise by rolling over them with a rolling pin. In a medium saucepan, over low heat, heat whipping cream. Stir in basil leaves. Remove from heat, cover and steep for 30 minutes then place in refrigerator to chill completely. Place a medium mixing bowl and beaters in freezer. Pour whipping cream mixture through a fine sieve into chilled mixing bowl and beat just until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. Cover and store in refrigerator for up to two hours.
Preheat oven to 325F. Spread pistachios in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 5 to 10 minutes until light brown and fragrant, stirring occasionally to ensure even toasting. Cool then chop.
To serve, top panna cotta with a layer of roasted strawberries, a dollop whipped cream, cinnamon (optional) and toasted pistachios.
- For best results use fresh Florida Strawberries