Monday, April 19, 2010

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Lately I find myself eating bowls of strawberries as a snack, even though they are not quite at their peak yet. To change things up, I made strawberries with balsamic vinegar. The result was intruguing, light, and tasty. The balsamic vinegar brings out the flavors of the strawberry, even if it is not the sweetest berry to start. And the liquid left at the bottom is so very wonderful. It feels silly to write a recipe for such a simple combination, but here is one to get you started.

Strawberries with balsamic vinegar
8 oz strawberries, washed, hulled, and quartered
1 tsp sugar, or to taste
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar, the best you can afford
two quick grinds of black pepper
optional fresh mint leaves for garnish

Gently toss strawberries with sugar and let sit for 10 minutes up to an hour in a non-metallic bowl. Do not refrigerate. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, toss gently to coat well. Adjust sugar and vinegar to taste. Sprinkle with a grind or two of black pepper, toss again. Serve in a glass garnished mint.

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