Summer is my favorite time of the year for produce because most of my favorite fruits and veggies are in season. Right now, I can’t seem to get enough summer berries, watermelon, or pineapple. And I love using seasonal fruit in cooking, especially desserts. So after sharing my new addiction to balsamic glaze on Instagram last week, I decided to use the yummy glaze on top of strawberries. The result is a super easy, delicious dessert, that sounds way fancier than it is.
This would be perfect to serve at a summer get together, or even a dinner party or shower. You can even make the berries several hours before serving. Just plate them when you want to serve them and top them with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream (or even gelato) and a generous sprinkle of fresh lemon zest. The lemon zest is a must! It really takes this simple dessert to the next level—trust me on this one.
Balsamic Glazed Strawberries
– 1 cup of fresh strawberries, sliced thick
– 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (I buy mine at The Fresh Market, but you can also find it on Amazon)
– pinch of sugar
– pinch of fresh cracked black pepper (or one turn on a pepper mill)
– vanilla ice cream (I love the Greenwise organic vanilla from Publix)
– lemon zest, for garnish
In a small bowl, combine the all the ingredients except the ice cream. Give it a stir and let it sit out for about an hour. Then serve the glazed berries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of fresh lemon zest.