We got to talking about cannoli: pastry cream versus ricotta cream, add-ins like chocolate chips, citron, and nuts, and the shells and what a pain they are to make. I mean, what else do you talk about at a funeral? My Ma, cousins, and I were talking about cannoli at the big Italian Buffet after my Uncle Cliff’s funeral when my cousin Linda said she has filled sugar cones with the filling for a quick cannoli fix. I took her idea and simplified it even more by turning it into a fast dip: no pastry bag required. Now with some major Holidays coming our way, I am looking for some easy entertaining/potluck ideas that not only look and taste delicious but are simple enough to throw together in a matter of minutes. I think you will find this dip to be very decadent on your buffet table.
1 pound whole milk ricotta
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T. mascarpone cheese, opt. but nice
2 T. mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling
1 package ice cream waffle bowls broken into 3-4 pieces each
strawberries, washed and dried
In a small bowl mix the first five ingredients. Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with more mini chocolate chips. Serve with broken waffle bowl chips and strawberrries.
Try my Cannoli Bites too.