As someone who loves to cook (and eat), I covet fresh produce and try to grow as much as I can in my little townhouse garden. But when I run out of space and am looking for something fun to do, I turn to local u-pick farms for fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s been a few years since I went strawberry picking and since I recently purchased 2 pounds of rhubarb at the local farmer’s market, I figured strawberry picking was a must-do, especially with the season at its peak!
If you don’t mind the effort of picking strawberries fresh, nothing you buy at the store can compare with the deliciously sweet flavor of these berries. It’s best to store them in the refrigerator unwashed, until you’re ready to use them. And they don’t last long, so be prepared to enjoy them quickly.
I sheepishly admit I picked almost 9 pounds of strawberries over the weekend, so now I have to find something amazing to do with them all! Luckily I have a bunch of my favorite strawberry recipes on hand and I wanted to share them with you too. :) Happy eating!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes - These cupcakes are well worth the effort, being a perfect special treat at a birthday party. How can you go wrong when you mix chocolate and strawberries?
Strawberry, Cucumber and Melon Salad - A light, refreshing salad - perfect for the summertime.
Wheat Berries with Strawberries and Goat Cheese - An alternative to a more traditional strawberry and spinach salad, this one adds some whole grains.
Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble - I’m a complete sucker when it comes to any sort of fruit crisps (fruit desserts are easily my favorite!) Love the pairing on this one with apricots. I did reduce the sugar and butter a bit in the recipe, but it's delish either way!
Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread - This is a delicious alternative to some of the richer desserts you can make with strawberries. Perfect for breakfast or brunch!
Fresh Strawberry Sangria - A fun and fruity drink for a hot summer day.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble - What would strawberries be without their rhubarb companion? I love how quick, easy and yummy crumbles are!
Strawberry Glacé Pie - I wrote this recipe down from one of my mom’s old Betty Crocker cookbooks so unfortunately I can’t link to the recipe (this version wasn’t on their site), but below are the details. It’s always a hit at parties - if you need to transport it, make sure to keep it very chilled.
- 6 cups of whole strawberries (about 1-1/2 quarts)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 package of 3-oz. cream cheese, softened
- 9-inch baked pie shell
- Mash enough strawberries to measure 1 cup. Mix sugar and cornstarch in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in water and mashed strawberries gradually. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir one minute; cool.
- Beat cream cheese until smooth; spread on bottom of pie shell after it has cooled a bit from baking. Fill shell with whole strawberries (minus their leaves) - strawberry bottoms should be facing up. Pour cooked strawberry mixture over top. Refrigerate until set - at least three hours. Yields 6 servings.
This brief list of recipes is barely scratching the surface of all the great ways you can prepare strawberries. And if you get a perfectly sweet batch, they are delicious all by themselves!