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May 25

Two Fresh & Fabulous Strawberry Recipes for Spring

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Happy Spring!

Here in New Jersey (the Garden State) strawberry season is anticipated almost as much as tomato season. Jersey berries are small and red all the way through and the flavor is simply out of this world. We had a cold and rainy March and April this year and I’m wondering if this affects the timing of the season. I just checked the schedule at Johnson’s Corner farm and May 23rd is marked PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES.

The farmers markets are opening this month and it makes me genuinely happy right down to my toes to see anything green and fresh I even grab for the asparagus (which I hate).

Here a two lovely recipes that incorporate strawberries.  Enjoy.

The first is a refreshing beverage:

 

Sparkling Strawberry-Mint Lemonade

Ingredients

2 Cups halved strawberries

1 Cup Lemon Juice (about 6 lemons)

1 Cup Mint infused Simple Syrup*
Make the simple syrup up to a day ahead (See recipe Below)

1 ½ liters lemon-lime seltzer water

 

Preparation

Place strawberries in a blender; process until smooth.

Add the simple syrup and stir until blended

Pour about 1/2 to 2/3 cup (depending on size of glass) blended mixture into
each of 6 glasses or into large pitcher.

Slowly add the lemon-lime seltzer water and serve immediately.

Optional

Garnish with a mint sprig and whole strawberry

 

*To make mint infused simple syrup

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar (I use raw organic) and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in about a ½ cup loosely packed mint leaves that have been slightly crushed. Allow to cool to room temperature, cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Tip: Make extra. This can be used to sweeten iced tea or coffee without leaving half of it in the bottom of the glass.

 

Tip: You can use agave syrup, honey or other sweeteners in place of white or raw sugar.

 

What do think? I’m betting this could be made by swapping out sparking wine for the seltzer and be a refreshing brunch libation! Yum! Or a shot of rum for a summertime happy hour cocktail!

 

 

This one is a curious yet delicious combo I got from

Food and Wine

 

Grilled Ham and Cheese with Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam

Contributed by Chris Kronner

  • TOTAL TIME: 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 10

The secret to Chris Kronner’s delectable sandwiches is the jam spiked with Pinot Noir. Kronner got the idea when he was helping Elisabeth Prueitt test jam recipes while they drank wine.

Ingredients

  1. Twenty 1/4-inch-thick slices of brioche
  2. 1/2 cup strawberry jam mixed with 2 tablespoons of Pinot Noir
  3. 10 thin slices of baked ham
  4. 10 thin slices of Gruyère cheese
  5. Softened unsalted butter
  1. Heat a large griddle. Spread 10 of the brioche slices with the jam. Top with the ham and Gruyère and close the sandwiches. Lightly butter the outside of the sandwiches and cook over moderate heat until toasted and the cheese is melted, 2 minutes per side. Cut in half and serve right away.

Suggested Pairing

Kronner uses Scribe’s Pinot Noir; it’s terrific with the melty cheese and smoky ham. Or serve another Carneros Pinot Noir.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts about these recipes.

I’d love to know what seasonal favorites tickle your fancy!

And if you spot a mistake or would like to add to the story please leave a comment.

1 comment

  1. Bill Abrams

    I love strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar — simply quarter some fresh strawberries, sprinkle just a pinch of sugar over them and the drizzle a table spoon or so of the oldest most expensive balsamic vinegar you have. Toss the berries and enjoy. Simple, healthy and excellent, I recently used 14 year old balsamic vinegar for a dessert after a wine and cheese party and it was outstanding.

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