• Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Spiced Grape Compote

    Ingredients

    Panna cotta

    Twelve ½-cup portions

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Cream
      16 oz.
    • Sugar
      5 oz.
    • Meyer lemon, zest and juice of
      1 each
    • Gelatin powder, unflavored, (.25 oz. each)
      3 packages
    • Water, cold
      6 oz.
    • Buttermilk
      21 oz.

    Spiced black grape compote

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Water
      4 oz.
    • Balsamic vinegar
      2 oz.
    • Honey
      2 oz.
    • Salt
      ½ tsp.
    • Orange, zest of
      1 tsp.
    • Black grapes
      10 oz.
    • Ground cinnamon
      ¼ tsp.
    • Allspice
      1/8 tsp.
    • Ground cloves
      1/8 tsp.
    • Ground cardamom
      1/8 tsp.
    • Ground black pepper
      1/8 tsp.
    • Gelatin sheets, soaked in cold water
      2 each

    Roasted red grapes

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Red grapes
      10 oz.

    Garnish

    • Ingredients
      Amount
    • Mint sprigs
      8 each

    Method

    For the panna cotta:

    1. Combine 8 ounces of the cream, sugar, and lemon zest and juice in a pot and warm the sugar to dissolve.
    2. In a separate bowl, add gelatin powder and water, stirring constantly until completely dissolved. When gelatin is dissolved, stir into the cream mixture in the pot. Stir in the buttermilk, Meyer lemon juice, and remaining 8 ounces of cream.
    3. Once the gelatin is dissolved, pour the mixture into molds, tap to remove bubbles, and chill for several hours or overnight.

    For the spiced black grape compote:

    1. Combine water, vinegar, honey, salt, orange zest, black grapes, and all spices in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Strain out the orange zest.
    2. Pour the black grape compote into a blender and purée until smooth. Slightly cool the mixture.
    3. Add 3 sheets of gelatin. Stir until dissolved.

    For the roasted red grapes:

    1. Roast grapes in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes until blistered and softened. Cool.
    2. Add roasted red grapes to compote. Chill thoroughly.
    3. To unmold the panna cotta, place in a sauté pan with about an inch of water. Leave for just 30 seconds, then unmold on edges. Turn upside down and shake lightly to unmold.
    4. Spoon some of the compote over the panna cotta and garnish with a mint sprig.