Monday, February 26, 2007

Strawberries in Balsamic

Happy Birthday to Eric!

We had a preview of the upcoming Zin tasting extravaganza over the weekend, a sort of low key private preview designed mostly to allow us to take a breath and drink a nice glass or two, or three of wine, after a crazy month of February.

For dessert, since it was all Zin all the time, I made the classic strawberries and blackberries in balsamic vinegar, but with some black pepper added. I think the pepper has always been the missing note that this dish needed.

Strawberries and Blackberries in Balsamic Vinegar

1 quart strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced
1/2 pint of blackberries
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar (use the highest quality you can get)
1/8 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Toss the berries in a bowl with the sugar, and then let sit for 10 minutes or so. Do not refrigerate.

Sprinkle with vinegar, toss gently and taste. It may need more sugar and/or vinegar if your berries are tart. Sprinkle with pepper and toss again. Serve in individual bowls.


Marcia Levin said...

Hi Mary Ellen...I am having fun reading your blog...mmm berries in balsamic have may daughter Michaela and I swooning. xxxMarcia

ME said...

:) Ohhh, they are definitely swoon-worthy -- and we're coming into the best part of strawberry season, when they're ripe and juicy and sweet and um... 'scuse me -- gotta run to the market!