Simply strawberry

So good they can be eaten in a single bite

We love strawberries and have found the best strawberry dishes are the ones that let strawberries shine, a little lemon here, a little balsamic there, a bit of basil or honey, a touch of sugar, a sprig of mint.

Here’s one of our recent creations, followed by some of our favorites — all of which call for only a few ingredients.

Strawberry season is too short.

Strawberry Bruschetta

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • juice from 1/2 lemon, plus 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 18-20 wheat crackers or crostini (something with a touch of sweetness works well)

Mix sliced strawberries with juice from half a lemon and sugar. Sit aside and let macerate at room temperature. Mix the remaining lemon juice, honey and goat cheese. Use a hand mixer if needed. Spread about a teaspoon of the goat cheese mix on each cracker. Top with two to four strawberry slices, using a slotted spoon to drain excess juice. (Just drink the leftover juice when no one’s looking.) Sprinkle with basil and serve with bubbly.

And now for the strawberry highlight reel:

Strawberries with basil and balsamic

These do not qualify as Christmas colors

Strawberries with grape, mint and vanilla

The word to remember is fresh

Strawberries in Grand Marnier

Hey look it's the Pyrex, again.

Strawberry granita

Katherine took the place mats back after this shoot

Strawberry Preserves

Biscuits and jam the perfect meal

Stuffed strawberries with ricotta and chocolate

They look like soldiers in formation, yummy little soldiers

Mixed berry zabaglione

Jello pudding has nothing on this

Strawberry, Amaretto dip

Overripe? Never.

Strawberries Romanoff

Each layer could be eaten alone if you really had that kind of time

Strawberry lemonade

That candle has to be lit until Sept. 30

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About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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66 Responses to Simply strawberry

  1. Kristy says:

    I’m absolutely drooling. Strawberries are my favorite fruit by far. I don’t even know where to start – I want to make them all!!!

  2. A_Boleyn says:

    Lots of great strawberry goodies.

  3. Oh, it’s a strawberry fest! I love it, it all looks so tasty

  4. Carolyn Chan says:

    Brilliant uses for strawberries !

  5. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Wow so many great strawberry recipes! I posted one dessert dish with strawberry today too. My family eats strawberry non-stop almost all year around (thanks for living in calif too). I need to try your Bruschetta first!

  6. Jessica says:

    Mmm, I have my eye on that zabaglione.

  7. samology says:

    I guess you could do a lot with strawberries!! It’s such an easily available fruit and it’s simply delicious!

  8. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow thats a strawberry overload! I love this post

  9. Awesome creations. How to pick just one to make though – think I will start with your Strawberry Bruschetta. :-) Mandy

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    Great round-up! All easy to make and certainly delicious!

  11. bellacorea says:

    lucky strawberrys! They look awesome!

  12. Can’t wait for our first strawberries. There are some in the markets, but they’re not the real deal yet.

  13. All gorgeous and now you´ve reminded me that I need to make strawberry jam!

  14. Sissi says:

    Very beautiful and very painful photos. I still need to be patient. I love strawberries but the ones we have here now are tasteless and come from distant places. You seem to have all the seasons except for the Winter! Perfect for me.

  15. BrainRants says:

    This is the last straw. They all look so berry good.

    Sorry. One of those days…

  16. Eva Taylor says:

    Strawberries are not in season for a few months; Now I’m just going to stomp away grumpy.

  17. Flashes of summer! Yum : ) Great bright spot this morning to go with the coffee. I hope your days is great.

  18. :'( I wish you’d post this in the middle of MY strawberry season… not yours!

  19. aFrankAngle says:

    A wonderful assortment for the season!

  20. Gorgeous and deliciously salubrious strawberries! Something for everyone.

  21. Ahh I love all of these recipes! That bruschetta looks absolutely amazing!

  22. billpeeler says:

    How awesome – strawberries are so versatile! But, I’m with you – they’re at their best when they’re allowed to shine through on their own.

  23. zestybeandog says:

    Strawberries and basil, mmm sounds so refreshing and good!

  24. Judy says:

    Strawberries and goat cheese … oh, yes!

  25. I planted Everbearing Strawberry plants a few weeks ago and yesterday noticed the plants have little flowers which means I might soon have little fresh sweet homegrown strawberries. I will make a bit of jam and put on hot buttered biscuits like one of your photos. This blog entry I call “Ode to the Strawberry”. Lovely.

  26. Tandy says:

    All of the dishes look really scrummy!

  27. nrhatch says:

    Delicious looking post . . . you’re a culinary genius! :D

  28. Squee! The bright redness of strawberries makes me so excited for the season!

  29. Yummy! Everything looks bright, delicious, and happy :)

  30. JamieAnne says:

    What a wonderful strawberry roundup! These all look amazing.

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  32. Looks gorgeous and very spring like. Love all the recipes. I’m sitting here watching yet another snow storm out my office window…thank you for brightening my day and giving me a little “taste” of spring! :)

  33. Mad Dog says:

    They all look delicious – you should own a strawberry farm!

  34. Oh my goodness did you make those all today? So many choices. I remember some very found memories of going strawberry picking as little girl in Michigan. My parents did not feed me breakfast. Sent me out to the fields to pick strawberries and of course I always ended overindulging and not able to look at another strawberry as long as I lived, but then we had to come home and start making the jam.

  35. I’m in strawberry heaven!! I love the look of the zabaglione and you’ve reminded me about a simple puff pastry strawberry slice we had in Cape Town, have to get the recipe!! Sorry Greg (not) did I mention Cape Town again. :D Katherine you have to persuade him to go!!

  36. Karen says:

    It would be hard to pick just one. I’m eagerly waiting for sweet strawberries to arrive here.

  37. Caroline says:

    Strawberry season is my favorite. I mean…how could it not be? Look at all the delicious dishes you can create with the fruit. Everything looks pretty dang amazing.

  38. eva626 says:

    i just love these set of recipes..and the strawberry color makes all the photos so very attractive!!!

  39. Rachel says:

    I may have to rethink this strawberry thing… I’ve always been a blueberry girl but wow – I love your photos! Mmmm…

  40. egg me on says:

    Strawberry bruschette?! What a freakin’ awesome idea. Love the thought of goat cheese and strawberries hanging out on little crackers. As for the others, I’ll take 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 … who am I kidding? I’ll take all of ‘em.

  41. Talk about Strawberry Galore!!! Good thing I have strawberries in my lunch today – ha!

  42. niasunset says:

    WOW! What a great post of strawberry! I fall in love with them all… They should be so delicious, so delicious, I noted them all dear Rufus, I will try…. Thank you, with my love, nia

  43. I like the idea of Strawberry Bruschetta, but those strawberries stuffed with ricotta and chocolate take the cake.

  44. Courtney says:

    Strawberries are my absolute favorite fruit – and I’m so happy you did this round-up…lots of new ideas to try!

  45. Strawberries are so versatile! I too like the ideas of strawberry bruschetta! :)

  46. Purely.. Kay says:

    I hope you didn’t think I was missing this post.. Nope. I love strawberries and just about everyone one of these will probably be made this year :)

  47. Amy says:

    Strawberries, goat cheese, AND basil?!?! YUM! What an amazing combo and such a light and perfect appetizer :)

  48. Kelly says:

    What a great collection – everything looks fantastic but the amaretto dip is really tugging at me right about now…

    You’ll have to stop by to check out my roasted salmon in a strawberry-balsamic reduction at some – I think you guys would enjoy…. ;-) http://www.inspirededibles.ca/2012/02/roasted-salmon-in-strawberry-balsamic.html

  49. Michelle says:

    Too short, indeed. Can’t wait til strawberry season. Which, at the rate things are going, might start next week.

  50. nancyc says:

    I love strawberries, too…the recipe sounds great! And I really like those cute little yellow covered Pyrex containers…I have a red one that size!

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  52. Such beauty! Now I am hungry.

  53. wanderlust23 says:

    I am making that Strawberry Bruschetta, this whole post is amazing. Love Strawberries.

  54. Strawberry lemonade- that is going on my summer bbq list! OK- here’s a poor man’s (and lazy girl’s) strawberry recipe. Strawberries- pot of Philadelphia Chocolate Cream Cheese… dip, enjoy!

  55. All the food looks amazing! Very creative with the brushetta. I would have never thought of that. Wonderful!!!

  56. Strawberry Granita, please. Oh, and by the way, you’re not supposed to ever disclose you’ve returned the food props!!!! Nice work, though. :-)

  57. oh….goodness… gracious….me…..

  58. Fantastic collection.. yes, strawberry season is way too short! I’d like time to try a few of these!

  59. Please deliver some strawberries here!!!!

  60. Even more excited for strawberry season now!!

  61. ....RaeDi says:

    Perfect timing to share these creations! Now I am hungry and have no strawberries!

  62. Thank you for this one! I just bought strawberries yesterday and will be trying some of these this week.

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