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I've recently come across some strawberries especially planted for winter harvesting so they're ripe & sweet. I'd like to use them in recipe applications that are out of the norm so while I love shortcake, tarts and spinach salad with strawberries, I'm looking for something different. Any ideas? And thanks ~

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  1. I like strawberries, hulled & quartered and macerated with some sugar and balsamic vinegar and a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Let them sit awhile and then serve over ice cream. Mmmm....

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    1. re: lynnlato

      my favorite also.

      1. re: FattyDumplin

        My favourite, too. Other favourites of mine include semifreddo, granita and fool.

      2. re: lynnlato

        My favorite, too!! I mix in some blueberries and eat them for breakfast (sans black pepper - but I will have to try this out!)

      3. My aunt once found a recipe for CHOCOLATE shortcake biscuits. Bet you could find one out there, too. Oooh, checky checky, what have we here?!
        http://www.lanierbb.com/recipes/data/...

        Or this (DROOL!):
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/cookinca...

        Or strawberry soup?

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        1. re: kattyeyes

          OMG, I gotta have it!! I'm having chocolate withdrawals just looking at it! Okay, but this is the only shortcake recipe I'm going to look at (LOL!) Thanks....

        2. I like to freeze whole hulled strawberries and put one or two in a glass of sparkling wine. And eat them when I'm done with the wine!

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          1. re: nofunlatte

            Nothing beats drunken fruit. NOICE! :)

            1. re: kattyeyes

              My strawberry bliss is strawberry jam. A little lemon juice, a little sugar, and a tiny bit of dissolved agar. The smell is overpowering-- fruity and floral and just magical.

              1. re: jvanderh

                You can add balsamic vinegar to your strawberry jam also - sooo good.

          2. For me, nothing beats unadorned fruit, as long as it's ripe and sweet. If it's perfect, don't mess with it. Just eat it.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I love them this way too. I also just like them cut up in a little vanilla yogurt.

            2. Not exactly out of the ordinary but occasionally when I find my self with too many strawberries at once and they are about to go bad (or very mushy and my kids won't eat them), I use them in this strawberry bread. I usually throw in a mashed banana too. It's very tasty.

              http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs...

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              1. re: valerie

                This is more along the lines of what I want...although I appreciate all of the responses, I really am looking for something outside of the box...something taking the strawberry up to the next level, something you don't see everyday. Thanks everyone, keep the ideas flowing...

                1. re: Cherylptw

                  You could take a bunch of the berries and make a sauce with them (using sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in addition to the berries). It's great not only on the usual (pancakes and ice cream), but on cottage cheese and a spoonful or two in a glass, topped with chilled club soda makes a wonderful refreshment. Or sweeten tea with it. The sauce can be frozen, too.

              2. super crude and super lazy like me, i like strawberries in a large mug with shaved chocolate, lots of condensed milk and warm peanut butter. takes me back 1978 when my folks first took me and my brother up to the mountains.

                this is also a great breakfast for when a new girlfriend sleeps over for the first time - she'll look at it, give you a strange expression, then she'll ask for more (more breakfast).

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                1. re: epabella

                  Thanks for clarifying she'll ask for more breakfast. ;)

                2. Strawberry Salsa

                  1/2 Vidalia onion, diced
                  1/2 red bell pepper, diced
                  1/2 green bell pepper, diced
                  1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
                  1 jalapeno pepper with seeds removed and diced
                  1 large ripe tomato, diced
                  1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
                  1 1/2 tspns garlic powder
                  12 large ripe strawberries, hulled and cut small
                  Parsley and cilantro

                  Marinate diced veggies in vinegar for 1 hour. Sprinkle cut strawberries with a teaspoon or so of sugar and let them macerate. Add garlic powder, parsley and cilantro to veggies. Add strawberries. Refrigerate until very cold. Serve with tortilla chips or warm over grilled chicken.

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                  1. re: vafarmwife

                    Nice idea. I'm saving this idea for strawberry season--thanks kindly!

                  2. Strawberries and Cream Bread

                    1 3/4 cups AP flour
                    1/2 tspn baking powder
                    1/4 tspn baking soda
                    1/2 tspn salt
                    1/4 tspn cinnamon
                    1/2 cup butter
                    3/4 sugar
                    2 eggs
                    1/2 cup sour cream
                    1 tspn vanilla
                    1 tspn almond extract
                    1 cup coarsely chopped strawberries
                    3/4 cup chopped walnuts

                    Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. In small bow, cream butter. Gradually add sugar and beat until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir this mixture into flour mixture only until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in strawberries and nuts. Grease 4x8 inch loaf pan. Pour mixture into pan. Bake at 350 degree F for 60-65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand in pan 10 minutes. Turn out on rack to cool.

                    1. An Italian friend makes a delicious savory strawberry risotto. I'm sure you could find a recipe online.

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                      1. re: maxie

                        That sounds delicious; I'll bet it could be made into a really good rice pudding as well.

                      2. http://www.latartinegourmande.com/200...
                        Strawberry rice pudding! (my breakfast tomorrow)

                        1. Puree some and add to a balsamic vinaigrette for mixed greens and chevre.
                          Serve a big bowl of berries along with a bowl of sour cream and another bowl with brown sugar. Dip first in the sour cream so the brown sugar has something to stick to.