Monday, June 18, 2012

Basil Balsamic Strawberries

Today I'm doing a fun appetizer that's unbelievably easy and appears totally gourmet. If you need a simple app for your next party try this one, your party goers will be impressed and they'll never know how easy it was to prepare (which is my personal favorite trick because I throw a lot of parties).

This recipe is great served with goat cheese, atop baked brie as seen in this picture, or even toss it over a block of good ole' Philadelphia cream cheese instead of a pepper jelly. If you really want to get fancy, you can grill some toast points, a sliced baguette, or just serve it with a cracker. It's a treat!

Basil Balsamic Strawberries
1 pint strawberries
3-4ish tbs of good balsamic vinegar (a thin version not the thick glaze kind)
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 pinch of Kosher salt
1 pinch of sugar (depending on the sweetness of the strawberries)

Slice your strawberries into cubes and chiffonade (aka roll it up and slice it thin) basil.  Toss with vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Serve with any cheese you'd like and...

Enjoy Ya'll!

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