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Your Best Ideas for Using Strawberries

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: 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.