Saturday, July 2, 2011

Strawberry Brushetta

it's dang near the end of strawberry season. i think this calls for a moment of silence . . .

it's going to be a long 10 months till they are back but at least i feel like i got a lot out of the strawberries this year. here's a look back at some of the recipes this year:

strawberry quinoa yogurt parfaits
strawberry margaritas
strawberry-rhubarb martini
strawberry-rhubarb coffee cake
strawberry icebox cake

my final recipe is perfect for those just-going-out-of-season berries. it also happens to be perfect for breakfast - strawberry brushetta. the best part is that i have two different versions. i made them with a nice brioche as the base, but you could easily do these on slices of pound cake and serve them as dessert.

the first has a slathering of mascarpone cheese and a balsamic macerated berry. a chiffonade of basil topped this version of the brushetta and gave it a wonderful freshness. the berry concoction is just a tbs of balsamic vinegar and a 1/2 tsp of agave nectar. stir it together with the strawberries and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

the second version may be a stretch passed off as breakfast but i couldn't resist pairing two of my favorites together - strawberries and nutella. it's quite simple yet oh so good, just nutella and sliced strawberries but this is the one i went back to for seconds.

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