Minted Balsamic Strawberries

May 11th, 2009 by katie

We are trying to eat lighter in the chaos household-more salads, less meat, etc…  Dessert always makes a meal feel more luxurious so I thought I would ease our transition with a decadent treat.  Luckily it isn’t too high in calories: strawberries bathed in a balsamic reduction, freshened by bits of mint, atop rich whipped cream cheese.

Minted Balsamic Strawberries with Whipped Cream Cheese

serves 6, prep 10 min, cook 3 min, chill 30 min, adapted from Bon Apetit, July 2001
  • 16 oz strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • juice from 1/2 a lime (about 1/2 tsp)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped mint
  1. Prep strawberries, set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine balsamic, 2 tsp sugar, and lime juice.
  3. Bring to a boil and boil until syrupy, about 3 min.
  4. Pour into a small container and chill.  Can make ahead.
  5. Whip together cream, cream cheese, 2 tbsp sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Store in a covered container in the fridge, can be made ahead.
  6. Toss strawberries with 2 tbsp sugar, balsamic syrup, and mint.  Chill for 30 min.
  7. Serve strawberries over whipped cream cheese.
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8 Responses

  1. noble pig

    OMG I love strawberries with mint, this sounds absolutely fantastic!

  2. Hélène

    Thanks this is beautiful. Just found your blog. Are you on Twitter?

    Thank you and of course! You can follow me here. -katie

  3. Nancy

    Luxurious & decadent is right! Looks delish.

  4. Cate O'Malley

    The first time I had strawberries with balsamic vinegar was 7 years ago with a Michael Chiarello recipe … so good. Your recipe looks fabulous!

  5. Melissa

    Haven’t done this with balsamic, but I did do a similar thing last year with Marsala and mascarpone and it was killer. Gotta try balsamic and cream though. Looks good Katie!

  6. Marianne

    DELICOUS.. if only you can email me some. he he he

  7. sweetbird

    Hmmm…it is strawberry season here in Central California – and after eating blah strawberries through the winter I didn’t realize again until today, when I was driving home from the farmer’s market gorging myself on fresh strawberries, how much I truly adore strawberries.

    I also like mint.

    And balsamic.

    And you for this idea.

  8. Kevin

    That is a nice way to enjoy some fresh strawberries! I like the sound of the whipped cream cheese!

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