Who would ever think that strawberries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar would be a tantalizing flavor sensation? I was skeptical when I was introduced to this at a shoot a few years back. I vividly remember an account executive, from a public relations firm representing strawberries, arriving at the studio with cases of beautiful ripe strawberries, aged balsamic vinegar and brown sugar.
She rinsed the berries, and proceeded to pour the vinegar and brown sugar into separate small bowls. She told us to pick a berry, dip it in the vinegar, and then the sugar. I thought to myself, there’s no way I am going to like this! I have to tell you I was more than pleasantly surprised. The flavor combination was unbelievable. The robust, slightly sweet zing of the vinegar combined with the sweetness of the berry and the brown sugar—well, it’s beyond yum. It’s a unique taste sensation you will not soon forget. Try it!
Hint: For the best flavor, use a good-quality aged balsamic vinegar, turbinado sugar, which is a raw cane sugar such as Sugar in the Raw from Hawaii, and the freshest local strawberries you can find!
Serve these as an appetizer or dessert. And let me know how you like them!