Transformation Tuesday: Unique Strawberry Recipes

Unique Strawberry Recipes

Did you go strawberry picking last weekend? If you did, you probably need something to do with the bushels of strawberries that you brought home. Even if you didn't, it's strawberry season! This is a great time to bring home ripe, juicy berries from the farmer's market or grocery store at a great price. Sure, you could make smoothies or strawberry shortcake, but why not go just a little crazy and make some unique strawberry recipes?

These recipes are simple, but they're elegant enough to make for your next dinner party. The Go-To Strawberries in Sauce is one of those unique strawberry recipes that can be stored in your fridge for up to a week so that it's ready to be eaten at a moment's notice. (And eat it you will!)

Go-To Strawberries in Sauce

Ingredients:
- Fresh strawberries
- 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
- 1 TBSP white granulated sugar

Any time you have extra strawberries lying around, don't let them go bad. Slice them up, and put them in a large bowl. Add the balsamic vinegar (use less if the berries don't fill up the large bowl) and the sugar. Gently mix to combine it all, then cover it with plastic wrap. Leave it at room temperature for an hour, and then you can stash it in the fridge. The balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor of the berries, and the sugar adds a little sweetness. These are delicious spooned over ice cream, added to yogurt or by themselves.

Strawberry and Cream Cheese French Toast Rolls

Ingredients:
- Loaf of white bread
- 1-2 cups Go-To Strawberries in Sauce (recipe above)
- 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
- 4 TBSP powdered sugar
- 4-6 large eggs
- 4-5 TBSP milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- butter

1. Cut the crusts off the bread and flatten each slice with a rolling pin.
2. Use a hand mixer to blend the cream cheese with the powdered sugar.
3. Spread the cream cheese mixture on each slice of bread.
4. Add about 2 TBSP strawberries to one edge of each bread slice. Starting at that edge, roll up the bread like a burrito.
5. Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. In a separate dish, mix the white granulated sugar with the cinnamon. Set that aside.
6. Heat butter in a nonstick skillet on medium heat.
7. Roll each bread "roll" in the egg mixture and fry it in the skillet, turning each roll until each side is golden brown (like you're making French toast).
8. Remove the bread rolls from the pan and add them to the cinnamon and sugar mixture, tossing to coat the outside of the bread.
9. Serve with syrup.

Frozen Strawberries with White Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients
- Go-To Strawberries in Sauce (as much or as little as you'd like)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 3 oz. white chocolate

1. Freeze the strawberries. To do this, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spoon the strawberries onto the sheet using a slotted spoon. Put them in the freezer for about 4 hours.
2. Combine the heavy cream and white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for about a minute and a half, stirring halfway through.
3. Place the frozen berries in a bowl and drizzle the white chocolate sauce on top. The sauce will soften the berries, making them the most delicious thing that you've ever eaten.

See? And you thought you were going to be stuck with all those strawberries that you picked yourself or bought on sale. It looks like you're going to have to head back to the strawberry farm after making these unique strawberry recipes.

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