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Monday, August 1, 2011

9 Easy Things To Do With Strawberries

10 Easy Things to Do with Strawberries
Photos by: Steve Giralt
Strawberries have been one of my favorite fruits since I was a little girl - I still dream of once again having my very own strawberry patch to grow 100's of berries in each Summer to then create fabulous recipes like the ones we found over at DASH.
1. Fruit Butter: Beat 2 sticks softened butter, ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar, and ¼ tsp salt about 1 minute, until light. Fold in ½ cup chopped berries. Serve chilled.

Citrusy Mesclun Salad
2. Sweet Citrusy Mesclun Salad
2. Sweet Citrusy Mesclun Salad (pictured right): Whisk 1 Tbsp white-wine vinegar with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss 2 cups sliced berries with 1 chopped pink grapefruit, 4 cups mesclun greens, and ½ cup feta; drizzle with dressing. 

3. Chocolate Bites: Dip 1 lb berries into 8 oz melted semisweet chocolate. Roll in chopped nuts. Place on parchment. Chill.

4. Vinaigrette: Combine 1 cup berries, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar. Chill 1 hour. Liquefy. Add salt, pepper, and 2 Tbsp olive oil; blend.

  5. Lemonade: Mix 1 can each lemonade concentrate and water. Add berries to taste; mash with a spoon. Add seltzer.

6. No-Cook Ice Cream (pictured above): Add 3 cups berries and juice of ½ lemon to food processor; blend. With a mixer, whip 1½ cups heavy cream and 2 tsp vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Slowly add 14 oz sweetened condensed milk; whip until very thick. Fold in berry mixture. Seal and freeze until firm.

7. D.I.Y. Preserves: Put 2 lb hulled berries and 1 Tbsp lemon juice in saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, on low for 20 minutes or until juices release. Stir in 1 cup sugar. Boil over medium; cook until 210°F. Skim foam. Refrigerate in an airtight container.

8. Topping: Drizzle 3 cups berries with 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with ¼ cup sugar. Let rest 1 hour. Spoon over pound cake. Add cracked pepper to taste.

9. Breakfast Tarts (pictured below): Click here for the quick recipe and our step-by-step how to.

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