Ideas for fresh strawberries
- letsindulge Feb 21, 2012 04:40 PM
Am hosting an open house and want to serve fresh whole strawberries. Would like a dip option aside from chocolate, or whipped cream. Any suggestions? TIA.
Yogurt - plain or lightly flavored with vanilla.
Balsamic vinegar, though it is easier/better as a drizzle, not a dip.
There's a cream cheese fruit dip that's yummy if you don't mind something a bit heavy. I'm just not sure which one of the 50 different web recipes out there is the one I'm thinking of.
fresh mint syrup
a fresh squeeze of orange or lime
light grind of black pepper
I like strawberries to taste like strawberries so I tend to go light.
A thick syrup-y balsamic vinegar. You can find them in all of the local gourmet food stores.
I recently received a chocolate balsamic vinegar as a gift. That would be perfect!
This is not a dip, but it is tasty and unique.
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
-1 lb large strawberries
-8 oz. cream cheese, softened (can use 1/3 less fat)
-3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (4 tbsp for a sweeter filling)
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-graham cracker crumbs
1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (some may already be hollow inside). Prep all strawberries and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill strawberries with cheesecake mixture. Once strawberries are filled, dip the top in graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.
My grandmother used to make a fruit dip out of vanilla pudding mix and cool whip. I imagine you could do a homemade version with whipped cream, sugar, corn starch and vanilla (or vanilla bean scrapings). Bet it would be delicious with creme fraiche instead of whipped cream too. Or infused with various liqueurs.
Speaking of which, I was just reading about an amazing sounding strawberry-infused vodka on David Lebovitz's blog. Might not be appropriate for your open house, but it would be a nice accompaniment to a strawberry platter. Basically, you put 2 pints of hulled, quartered strawberries in a jar with a bottle of vodka, let it sit for a week, then strain it. Super simple and it looks delicious.
For a dip, I would sweeten ricotta cheese and add lemon, just like a cheese blintz filling, and that consistency. I sometimes use that combo as a base for topping with macerated strawberries (without the raw egg in it, of course). You could use mascarpone instead of the ricotta if you want something smoother and richer.