I recently picked up some blood oranges at the farmers market. They were getting almost to the point of sad looking because I haven't had much time to cook lately, but I knew I wanted to do something delicious with them. I recently tried my hand at making my own cheese in the form of mascarpone. It's my new favorite thing and I am slightly obsessed with it. Although I had a bit of ricotta in my fridge, I decided to pair the oranges with the rich mascarpone and a some pistachios for color and crunch. The result was a sweet, but not too rich dessert that I could not get enough of. Seriously. I love that blood oranges are tart and sweet, but not too much of either and the sweet, creamy mascarpone paired well with the tartness. The pistachios added great crunch and the honey tied everything together. I dare you to stop at one bite with this simple, yet stunning dessert.
Blood Oranges with Mascarpone, Honey, and Pistachios
(Inspired by Fig and Cherry)
Makes 2 servings
1-2 small blood oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds
2-3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
Honey to taste, plus extra for drizzling
1 tablepoon unsalted, roasted pistachios, roughly chopped
In a small bowl, mix together the mascarpone with enough honey to reach the desired sweetness. Arrange the blood orange rounds on a plate. Top with the mascarpone and sprinkle with pistachios. Drizzle the entire plate with honey and serve immediately.