We have this awesome little restaurant in town called, Wild Zucchini and it’s one of our favorites for quick and easy meals instead of fast food. It’s basically street Italian food and we always get the pizza or piadina. The piadina is my personal favorite. One day they asked if I wanted any dessert and then quickly mentioned the seasonal strawberry shortcake. In case you haven’t noticed (Deep fried strawberry shortcake, Lemon strawberry shortcakes, Perfect angel food strawberry shortcakes, Strawberry shortcake donuts, and Strawberry shortcake gluten free pancakes)
I’m a bit of a strawberry shortcake aholic. I need help. But before I seek any out I thought this Italian Strawberry Shortcake or copycat Wild Zucchini Strawberry shortcakes would be the perfect announcement for our partnership with Pacific Foods!
I bet you’ll be shocked by what I’m using here but I promise it’s so good, polenta! Pacific has premade polenta packages so I just slice it up, pan fry it with a little butter and then coat it all in cinnamon sugar. It’s so yummy and you’d never guess it was polenta. There is one rule though. You must serve this quickly (not hot off the pan, just not hours later) as it is best fresh.
And the next best thing that has become my new obsession? That would be mascarpone whipped cream. I’m not exactly sure how Wild Zucchini does their recipe, but I’m certain it’s mascarpone whipped cream and I could shovel it into my face. No joke. Don’t be afraid of Mascarpone either, it’s just Italian cream cheese and it’s so light and creamy. My gosh this is good. I am totally trying it with raspberries next. Boom.
- 1 Package Strawberries, sliced
- 1-2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 Packages Pacific Foods Polenta, sliced in half then sliced in half again lengthwise creating 8 squares.
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- ⅓ Cup Cinnamon Sugar
- 8 Ounces Mascarpone
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- Smash ⅓ the strawberry slices in a bowl and then stir in the remaining berries. Add sugar as needed. Allow to macerate (get juicy) in the fridge until you're ready to use them.
- Place the cinnamon sugar in a pie dish.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat with a little butter smeared all over the bottom.
- Pat the polenta squares dry and add to the pan, cooking for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden and adding more butter as needed. I like to only fry up 2-3 squares at a time. Remove immediately to the cinnamon sugar, flip and make sure all sides are coated. Set aside on plates to cool slightly.
- In a large glass bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer with whisk attachment, whisk the mascarpone until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mascarpone into a small dish and wipe the bowl clean. Add the cream to bowl and whip until soft peaks begin to form. Add the powdered sugar and whip until peaks form. Fold in ⅓ of the mascarpone then fold in the remaining.
- Place one polenta on a plate, top with berries, another polenta, more berries and whipped cream on top. Serve immediately.