I pretty much fell in love with Italy from day one, and lately I’ve really been missing my life there. In a place that changes little with the decades, each time I would go out, it often felt like a new experience because there was so much to see; even in the small little town I lived in.
I thought I’d share a super easy desert I enjoyed that is so quintessentially Italian, and yet isn’t a tiramisu or cannoli. Fragole all’aceto balsamico or balsamic vinegar and strawberries pair beautifully; you’ll see this pairing in their cuisine frequently. A strawberry balsamic vinegar reduction as a sauce over steak was a popular dish at a local restaurant, near where I lived. My favorite is a simple combination of the two. You could easily serve these strawberries over a white cake or perhaps even a chocolate cake, but since it’s the summer lets do ice cream and be merry.
This is the easiest thing in the world to prepare and it only takes a few minutes.
1 qt fresh strawberries (defrosted frozen strawberries should work in a pinch).
3 tablespoons of sugar (or to taste)
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice (optional)
dark chocolate chips (optional)
Vanilla ice cream or gelato.
When it comes to choosing your balsamic vinegar try to use the best vinegar you can find and afford. For this recipe I used Colavita Aged Balsamic Vinegar because it’s pretty good and it is made in Modena which is located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy where you can easily find this dish.
To prepare the strawberries:
Rinse and hull the strawberries, then slice them into quarters. Place strawberries into a bowl. Add in the sugar and balsamic vinegar (and orange juice if you’re using it) stir until well combined.
Serve over ice cream or a white cake (sponge, angel food, or a butter loaf would be nice…) Sprinkle with dark chocolate chips like I did or don’t. Honestly, these strawberries are perfect on their own if you’re looking for a refreshing light Springtime or Summer desert.