Strawberries have always been a favorite ingredient for chefs
across the globe - especially when it comes to creating desserts.
But in recent years, culinary professionals are using strawberries
in innovative ways that extend beyond dessert and breakfast and are
featured in dishes across the menu, all day and all year.
Here are some chef-inspired ideas for using strawberries that
may help you create some ideas of your own in your everyday meal
planning. It's all about reinventing with strawberries and adding
instant color and appeal to any dish!
Use strawberries instead of
Try substituting strawberries for tomatoes. The results will
amaze you. Consider a strawberry salsa with seafood dishes, or a
Caprese salad made with fresh mozzarella and strawberries.
Transform a grilled cheese-and-tomato sandwich into a panino with
strawberries and Taleggio cheese.
Strawberries are salad
To create fresh twists on classic dressings, use puréed
strawberries to stand in for some or all of the vinegar. They'll
add tangy sweetness, body and aromatic appeal. Sliced, diced or
whole, strawberries also bring a splash of contrasting color
and flavor to the plate.
Strawberries complement cured and
The bright, tangy flavor of strawberries makes a perfect sauce
for smoked salmon and cured meats, such as prosciutto, jamón
serrano and smoked pork chops. Their sweet acidity also complements
today's popular crudo (raw fish) dishes.
Strawberries pair perfectly
Think about richer meats, wild game and firm-fleshed fish that
are often seasoned with fruity sauces: pork with apples, duck with
orange sauce, baked ham with pineapple, chicken with citrus,
grilled salmon with mango salsa. Try making fresh strawberry salsas
or chutneys for these items. Or glaze them with sauces made by
simmering fresh or frozen strawberries with ingredients like wine
or fruit juice. Add fresh strawberries as a finishing touch for
bright color and flavor.
concentrates their flavor
Roast strawberries quickly in a hot oven to make a full flavored
"jam" that can be used as a sweet or savory sauce or dressing base,
condiment or sandwich ingredient (think cranberry sauce or pourable
Frozen strawberries are
nutritious ice cubes
Add frozen strawberries, instead of ice, directly to drinks.
You'll add flavor, nutritional value, color and frosty appeal.
Stop by Fiesta Mart today and stock up on fresh, sweet
California Strawberries from our Produce Department. Put some in
the freezer to use later and keep some out to enjoy now.