Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I noticed that strawberries were on sale. Like many other folks who see that strawberries are on sale, I quickly think of strawberry shortcake for dessert, however not this time around. When I brought them home, and laid them on the counter, my daughter got really excited and wanted to dig into them for dinner. I told her she had to wait a little bit and wait for dessert, and a dessert it would be. First of all we know there is nothing like fresh strawberries, however be careful when buying them from the store. I say this because you want to be very careful and inspect the container for any mold. I have to laugh about this, because I am that guy in the produce department who is inspecting everything, from the smell to the the mold. My philosophy is why pay for something only to bring it home and be less than mediocre. So, don’t be afraid to open the container and move things around.

Now, like you, when I heard about strawberries being macerated in balsamic vinegar, I thought ‘really?’. Let me tell you, that this combination is so good, that the vinegar actually tastes like a really good wine with a hint of smokiness to it. A bit of the acidity with the sweetness of the strawberries is a perfect pairing, especially with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • Roughly 20 strawberries, sliced in half, tops removed
  • 4 tbsp of granulated white sugar
  • 2 tbsp good, aged balsamic vinegar
  • cracked black pepper
  • Vanilla ice cream

This is so simple. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Mix well, and let this sit at room temperature for one hour. When you are ready to serve, get a large scoop of vanilla ice cream in a bowl and spoon over the strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Top with a bit of fresh cracked black pepper and dig in. Trust me on this one. The aged balsamic vinegar with strawberries, and the creaminess of the ice cream is a real hit. Super delicious and something different for dessert.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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