This past Thursday, my boyfriend and I decided to visit our local farmer’s market to pick up some fresh strawberries and see what else Spring had to offer. We grabbed 2 pints of strawberries at The Wild Ramp in Huntington, WV, along with some duck eggs and a pint of caramel pretzel ice cream, locally made. Yum!!
Just as a side note, duck eggs are great! I had never had one until I came home the other day, and decided to fry and poach one. A little sprinkle of black pepper and smoked sea salt, and holy yum, I was in heaven. Anyways, if you haven’t had one, please seek out a market that carries them, and treat yourself.
Okay, so lets talk about strawberries and all of their glory. As delicious as a bowl of strawberries are sprinkled with some sugar, I thought that maybe, just maybe, there are some really tasty possibilities in these sweet fruit. After pulling some family recipes, tweaking them, and trying out some new recipes of my own, I devised a list with 50 WAYS to enjoy strawberries! Please comment below and as always, enjoy!
Click on the title of each item to get the recipe!
- Strawberry Bruschetta – Just imagine a toasty slice of baguette with warm goat cheese, sweet strawberries and basil, and a hint of balsamic vinegar..do I have your attention yet? Click title for recipe.
- Strawberries and Ricotta – Hull strawberries then slice vertically into three or four pieces, depending on the size. Lay a scoop of ricotta on the berry. Secure with a toothpick. Drizzle with honey and chunky sea salt.
- Strawberry Ice-Cream – This isn’t the pink stuff lacking strawberries that you’ll find stuck in the middle of vanilla and chocolate in a Neapolitan box. This is creamy and laced with real strawberries. For a really fresh twist, add in some chopped basil leaves. Click title for recipe.
- Strawberry Milkshakes – So the problem with #3 is that it is so good, that you can’t eat it fast enough….well viola! Just take the ice cream from #3 and put a few scoops into a blender, add in 1 cup frozen strawberries with 1 cup milk and blend until smooth, and you have a milkshake!
- Strawberry Simple Syrup – There is two ways you can achieve a great strawberry syrup. 1) When you macerate strawberries in sugar, the strawberries release a lot of moisture and after a couple hours in the fridge, there is a liquid at the bottom of your bowl, if you have enough ( 1 cup) for 1 batch, then I would recommend using that in place of sugar. 2) Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a small boil with 1 cup pureed strawberries and let steep for 5 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh sieve to catch any seeds/strawberry. You just want a syrup. Pour in to sweet tea or lemonade like in this Infused Sweet Tea and Lemonade infographic. Yum!
- Strawberries with a spoon– instead just macerating strawberries with sugar, add just a splash of balsamic vinegar. It doesn’t make the strawberries vinegary in any way, it intensifies the strawberry flavor. Serve over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
- Strawberry Rhubarb Jam – this jam can be used for sweet or savory. Top a turkey sandwich, English muffin with cream cheese, mix into cream cheese for a quick dip with pretzels, or a biscuit for breakfast.
- Small Batch Strawberry and Thyme Preserves – I found this recipe on TheKitchn’s website and I found it an odd flavor combination. But then again, I live for recipes like this! So I did some research and apparently dipping strawberries in honey is an extraordinary combination, and after I tried it out myself, I would honestly call it a revelation. So I eagerly whipped up a small batch and it is so good! You have to try this!
- Jim’s Strawberry Pie – in Huntington, WV, close to where I grew up, there is a restaurant named Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti. If you are ever in Huntington, you have to stop in and try it. Bobby and Jamie Deen actually did a show on Southern Fried Road Trip which featured West Virginia and our very own Jim’s.
Once a week every year, starting after Mother’s Day, this restaurant sells their famous, homemade, strawberry pies, selling close to or more 10,000 pies in a 5 day period. The pie is beyond words delicious! Unlike most strawberry pies, there is no jelly filling, it only features fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, a thin homemade pie crust, and just a little powdered sugar. Click the title to get the full recipe and watch the video below to learn more.
10. Fresh Strawberry Cake – white, sweet cake layered with strawberry and cream cheese whipped cream. It is divine!
11. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites – It’s like a cheesecake, but without eggs, baking, the water-bath and headache. So delicious and can be whipped up in a matter of minutes.
12. Strawberry smoothie – this really is up to the person making it. Those who are lactose intolerant can substitute yogurt for a banana to keep the consistency. Add in fresh strawberries that you freeze overnight or some ice. Here is a good recipe to use that makes 2 servings: 10 hulled fresh strawberries (frozen overnight or just use 6 ice cubes), 1/2 cup milk (skim or whole be fine), 1/2 cup plain yogurt (or vanilla if you don’t like the tangy-ness), 3 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
13. Strawberry Pancakes or Waffles – for me, it really isn’t about whether strawberries are in the batter but rather on top of the pancakes or waffle. Just dice up some fresh strawberries and incorporate them into your favorite pancake or waffle batter and cook them accordingly. Then stir in sugar with strawberries with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and top your pancakes. You can also use #30 as an additional topping!
14. Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons – This crisp, fresh salad topped with the fried warm goat cheese croutons is outstanding! Click the title for the recipe!
15. Strawberry Tarts – this recipe keeps it all about the strawberry and I love that. If you have fresh strawberries, this recipe is perfect.
16. Strawberry Salsa – Ree Drummond serves this on grilled chicken tacos. Use also on pork or with tortilla chips for a tasty snack!
17. Strawberry Biscuits – a fresh, sweet and tart take on a classic biscuit. So delicious for breakfast on a spring morning.
18. Strawberry Milk – add strawberry liquor to make it an adult drink.
19. Strawberry BBQ Sauce – sweet and tangy and sticky, everything you want in a BBQ sauce.
20. Strawberry and Shallot Jam on Grilled Ham and Cheese – I love jams like this one that are sweet and savory because they have so many uses!
23. Strawberry Soup
24. Strawberry Vinaigrette –
34. Strawberry – Rhubarb Crisp – also try strawberry + apricot, strawberry + peaches, strawberry + raspberry, and strawberry and blueberry.
36. Strawberry Pops
37. Dipped Strawberries – whole strawberries dipped in white, dark, milk chocolate with toppings like chopped nuts, and drizzled with caramel or even more chocolate. Although I prefer just dipped in chocolate, the possibilities are endless.
44. Strawberry Butter – whip 1 stick (8 tbsp) of real butter with a mixer, adding in 1 cup fresh chopped strawberries and 1 tbsp of strawberry preserves. Spread on toast or use with pancakes!
46. Berries in a Blanket – strawberries wrapped in bacon…yeah..you read that right.
49. Strawberry Infused Water – this is one of my favorite things to do with strawberries, it is so simple yet so fresh and delicious! I just fill up my water bottle with filtered water and throw in a handful of fresh strawberries, raspberries, a lemon and a few basil leaves and let it sit in the fridge overnight. The next morning, I pull it out and have the best tasting water for the rest of the day.
50. Goat Cheese and Basil Stuffed Strawberry with Balsamic Vinegar – just hollow out the center of a whole strawberry. Mix together goat cheese and chopped basil together and move to a piping bag. Pipe cheese mixture in strawberries and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.