Here you got one of the easiest entrées for your next summer dinner party - Marinated Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar! This is how you transform a delicious summer fruit into something extraordinary. It’s one of the best starters you’ll ever head. Serve it with Parma ham for an elegant dish. It’s a winner because it’s super quick and easy to prepare and has the wow factor.
Marinated Strawberry with Balsamic Vinegar
Marinated Strawberries are simply the best Summer snack in the world. The tangy-sweet balsamic vinegar with the fruity sweet strawberries is irresistible. But that aside, there’s also a practical reason for preparing this!
It’s one of the easiest entrées in the world! And it’s the Italian way to prepare macerated strawberries.
Flavor the strawberries in a quick and simple marinade. Put them on a plate with parma ham, pink peppercorn, and basil. And you’ve got an elegant, light, and delicious style starter on your hands.
What do you need for Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil?
To prepare these marinated strawberries with Balsamic, you need the following ingredients. You can find the correct amounts in the recipe card at the bottom of the blog:
- Strawberries - Use fresh strawberries if you can get them. Strawberries are best in late spring and summer. Otherwise, they may taste watery. You’ll macerate the strawberries by adding acid and sugar, making them soft and juicy. And by doing so, you’ll enhance the natural flavors.
- Balsamic glaze - is balsamic vinegar reduced to a syrup (or glaze as the name says). This makes it velvety soft, and fuller in taste. You add balsamic glaze instead of balsamic vinegar because it is creamier in taste. However, if you want a more robust flavor, then you can use regular balsamic vinegar.
- Pink peppercorns - this berry is not related to black pepper. They’re called this way because they look a bit like peppercorns. It got a bit of a peppery yet fruity flavor. Because they’re family of cashew nuts, people with a nut allergy can’t eat them!
- Olive oil - is used for the marinade. Use an excellent extra vierge for even more flavor.
- Honey - honey sweetens the marinate and gives it a floral flavor.
- Parma ham - Prosciutto di Parma (or Parma ham) are thin slices of prosciutto, salted ham. The ham is made in the Italian Parma region. Parma ham combines very well with sweet fruit, and that’s why it’s an excellent choice. But any salt ham will do. You could also use Coppa di Parma, or Pancetta.
- Basil - is a fresh herb, a bit peppery with a touch of mint. It smells slightly sweet.
- Parmesan Cheese - A delicious salty cheese from the Italian kitchen. It gives a nice salty touch to the strawberries.
How to prepare Balsamic Marinated Strawberries
You can find a printable recipe with a step-by-step description at the bottom of this blog.
- Prepare the marinade by mixing balsamic glaze, honey, salt, and oil.
- Add quarter strawberries and pink peppercorn to the marinate. Let it stand for 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Put the strawberries on a plate.
- Take a slice of Parma ham and put it next to the marinated strawberries. Add some sliced basil and grated Parmesan, and serve.
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Marinated Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar and Basil
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- ½ tablespoons balsamic glaze
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoon olive oil extra vierge
- 1½ teaspoon honey
- 7 oz. strawberries washed, hulled, and quartered
- 4 slices Parma ham
- 1 oz. Parmesan cheese
- Mix the balsamic glaze, honey, salt, and oil in a bowl.½ tablespoons balsamic glaze, ⅛ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoon olive oil, 1½ teaspoon honey
- Add the strawberries and pink peppercorns.7 oz. strawberries, 1½ tablespoons pink peppercorns
- Let it marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.
- Put the strawberries with a little bit of sauce on a plate.
- Take a slice of Parma Ham and put it near the strawberries.4 slices Parma ham
- Grate some Parmesan cheese on top and garnish met basil. Serve!½ oz. basil leaves, 1 oz. Parmesan cheese
- Room temperature - The marinated strawberries can stay at room temperature for three hours. Cover them with plastic foil. When combined with Parma ham, you’ve got to store it in the refrigerator.
- Refrigerator - Cover the plates with plastic foil. This way, you can store them for up to a day. After that, the strawberries will become too soft.
- Freezer - You can’t freeze this appetizer because the strawberries will get a different structure when frozen. And that doesn’t taste that good.