It’s hard to believe but this combination of balsamic vinegar and black pepper pair beautifully with sweet fresh strawberries.
Balsamic Strawberries Three Ways
- 4 cups sliced or quartered fresh strawberries
- 2 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar (don’t buy cheap supermarket type as it is too astringent)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 4-5 good grinds of black pepper
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Cover and let macerate/marinate for 1-2 hours. Stirring occasionally. Serve as suggested below.
As a sauce for cake: Spoon some strawberries over vanilla, almond or chocolate cake. Top with a dollop of lightly whipped cream, toasted sliced almonds and a mint leaf.
As a sauce for ice cream (my favourite!): Spoon some strawberries over vanilla ice cream. Scatter over some chopped chocolate, toasted almonds and garnish with a mint leaf.
As a topping for baguette: Just before serving, spread slices of fresh or toasted baguette with fresh ricotta cheese. If desired, add some grated lemon zest to the ricotta. Top with balsamic strawberries.