Presenter: Becky

Introduction:

I obviously enjoy cooking and baking so I will often volunteer to bring dessert to parties/cookouts we attend.  This particular easy recipe has become a fast favorite! These strawberries are awesome on their own or with a simple shortcake or even over decadent brownies. They sound a bit odd, but the flavors just pop in your mouth!

Resources:

  • Measuring cups (wet)
  • saucepan
  • whisk
  • cutting board
  • serving bowl

Procurements:

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar (more or less depending on your tastes)

Operating Procedures:

Wash and dry strawberries.  Remove the stem and core of the strawberries, slice them in half, and set aside. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Once the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar dissolves into the water, reduce heat to a simmer and allow to reduce for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and reduced by about half. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Then stir in balsamic vinegar, taste and adjust vinegar.  Remember you can always add more, but you can’t remove it! Pour the room temperature balsamic vinegar simple syrup over the strawberries and allow the mixture to marinate for 1 hour and up to 4 hours.  

 Proposals:

This is fabulous over ice cream or as the topper for old fashioned strawberry shortcake.  I bet this would even be great poured over brie cheese–note to self, try this ASAP!

Closing Remarks:

I usually double this mixture because I know it will be devoured by my guests, so my personal favorite ratio is usually 1/2 c. of each of the 3 main ingredients (sugar, water, balsamic vinegar).  Be sure to make these strawberries the day you are going to serve them because they will be too soggy the second day.  But have no fear, there will not be any left on day 2!

Balsamic Marinated Strawberries
A sweet and tart strawberry topping.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. fresh strawberries
  2. 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 c. water
  4. 1/4 to 1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Clean and dry strawberries.
  2. Remove core of strawberries, cut them in half and set aside.
  3. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
  4. Once the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar dissolves into the water, reduce heat to a simmer and allow to reduce for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened and reduced by about half.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  6. Then stir in balsamic vinegar, taste, and adjust vinegar.
  7. Poor the room temperature vinegar simple syrup over the cut up strawberries and stir to combine.
  8. Allow mixture to marinate for at least 1 hour, and up to four.
Notes
  1. Remember, you can always add more vinegar, but you can't remove it! It is a good idea to double this recipe, because it will all be gone before you know it! Do this the day you want to serve the strawberries, because they will be too soggy the next day.
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