Strawberries with Balsamic and Mascarpone
From ‘5 Ingredients 10 Minutes’ Print Book page 293
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Strawberries picked fresh from the garden are thing of beauty. Unfortunately, I find that commercially grown strawberries hardly ever come close. This is where a little balsamic vinegar can make all the difference. It may sound a little weird, but it’s amazing how the balsamic intensifies the flavor of less-than-perfect strawbs. It’s critical that you use an aged balsamic (15+ years) as younger vinegar won’t have enough sweetness and will taste weird. See the variations below if you only have supermarket balsamic available.
takes: 10 minutes
1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
250g (9oz) strawberries
mascarpone or thick cream, to serve
1. Remove the tops from the strawberries and slice lengthwise.
2. Toss with the vinegar. Serve with mascarpone or cream.
sweeter – add a little stevia or sugar to the balsamic.
dairy-free/vegan – serve with whipped coconut cream instead of the mascarpone.
different berries – raspberries would be my second choice.
more wintery – replace strawberries with prunes or other dried fruit that have been covered in boiling water and allowed to stand for 10 minutes before draining.
no aged balsamic? – if you only have access to inexpensive supermarket balsamic, halve the amount and replace with extra sugar or stevia. You really need a 15+ year aged balsamic to contribute enough sweetness on its own.
carb lovers / more substantial – serve with shortbread or other plain sweet biscuits (cookies).
paleo (grain, legume & gairy-free) – replace mascarpone with coconut yoghurt.
Shelf Life / Storage
Marinated strawberries will keep for a few days in the fridge. They can be frozen but will be all mushy when defrosted.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
sugar, vinegar – pantry.
strawberries – use for another meal or freeze.
mascarpone or thick cream – generally has a shelf life of a few weeks if unopened. Can be frozen.