During the season, I tend to like my fruits with as little embellishment as possible. When I say embellishment, I mean sugar. They are so fresh and sparklingly pretty that its a pleasure enough to enjoy them unadorned. But of course, it helps that I absolutely hate to turn on my oven in the summer! So it all works out.
I do, however, am not averse to, at times, respecting the cravings and making treats. This is one of those treats!
Marinating strawberries in balsamic vinegar is a classic. The vinegar brings out the natural sweetness of the strawberries. Adding a little bit of natural sugar make this even more so. The black pepper adds a savory dimension that makes it interesting (quick note on why I love “savory” ingredients in desserts – keeps it from crossing the “cloying” border in my book).
Top this with some as lightly sweetened coconut whipped cream and you’re on your way to heaven….
Click here for the Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper recipe on Pittsburgh Magazine.