Friday Recipe Roundup: Strawberry Fields Forever
While it might not be summer’s anthem, the Beatles song ”Strawberry Fields Forever” is a great tune to hum and sing in the midst of the summer heat. Whether roasted in the oven, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, scooped in an ice cream cone or simply hulled, strawberries are a summer refresher. The warmer temperatures from the year have given rise to an early start to the strawberry season, so why not experiment with the fruit by whipping up some of these sweet and savory dishes?
Bethany Imondi, a rising senior studying Government and English at Georgetown University, is ready to battle the D.C. humidity with juicy peaches, ice cream cones and days spent lounging by the pool with a non-school related book. Read more…
Tomatoes might be the traditional topping for bruschetta, but another ripe red fruit adds a creative touch to the Italian snack. By toasting (or grilling) up some bread, slathering the top with goat cheese and then topping it off with macerated strawberries, you have a sweet and elegant twist that can easily be enjoyed as both an appetizer and a dessert.
Continuing the Italian theme, the addition of strawberries to a risotto tints the classic rice dish a shade of lipstick pink. While some might find the hue off putting, the flavor is surprisingly refreshing and rich. Finish with a drizzle of balsamic reduction and you have a meal almost too pretty to eat…almost.
Although turning on the oven may be the last thing we want to do in hot temperatures, the reward is worth it when roasting strawberries. The heat turns the fruit soft and enhances its natural sweetness to taste like candy. If you can avoid eating the entire batch as is, this buttermilk cake from Joy the Baker is not only simple, but incredibly moist and flavorful.
Ok, so this recipe also involves the oven, but the results are worth it. From How Sweet It Is, Jessica’s Strawberry Kiwi Crisp is basically summer in a bowl: warm, comforting, sweet and unexpected. Pairing strawberry and kiwi might remind some of those high-sugar fruit juice pouches from childhood, but as exhibited by this dish, the combination is worth the calories.