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Erik Valdez's Ricotta and Strawberries & Cristina's Lemon Thyme Shortbread
Erik Valdez's Ricotta and Strawberries & Cristina's Lemon Thyme Shortbread

Recipe Adapted From Jen's Favorite Cookies

Ingredients for Ricotta and Strawberries:
• 8oz of whole milk ricotta
• 1 pint of strawberries, washed stemmed and halved • 6 cracks of pink peppercorn • Chiffonade of 3 fresh basil leaves • 2 teaspoons of local honey
Recipe:

  1. Scoop ricotta into the center of a round serving platter.
  2. Arrange strawberries around ricotta.
  3. Top with basil, pink peppercorn, and drizzled honey.


Lemon Thyme Shortbread Ingredients:
• ¾ cup butter
• ½ cup powdered sugar • ½ teaspoon salt • 1 tablespoon lemon zest • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, (leaves removed from stems) • 1½ cups flour
Recipe:

  1. Cream butter and powdered sugar. Add salt, zest, lemon juice, and thyme. Mix well.
  2. Add flour and mix well.
  3. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1-2 hours, until firm.
  4. Roll dough on a floured surface to ¼-inch thickness.
  5. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut shapes approximately 2 inches in width.
  6. Place shapes on a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Let cool before eating.

Erik Valdez Cooks Ricotta and Strawberries

"Graceland" star Erik Valdez prepares his favorite summertime recipe for ricotta and strawberries.

Make sure you watch Erik on " Graceland," Wednesdays on USA 10/9c.

And be sure to follow Erik on twitter @erikvaldez.