Recipe: Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar and Black Pepper
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This is a wonderful summer desert and an alternative to strawberries and cream. The key to this dish is the quality of the three ingredients. Make sure you find the best possible outdoor-grown strawberries and you use a real Balsamic Vinegar from Modena.
This recipe requires freshly ground black pepper so again ensure you source the best possible black peppercorns. Tellicherry peppercorns from the Malabar coast of India are wonderful as they have an element of sweetness as well as the complex aromas often found in the very best peppercorns. The addition of fresh basil adds colour to this dish but some people think it is one ingredient too many.
Likewise, sugar is totally unnecessary if you have sweet strawberries and a good quality Balsamic vinegar.
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1 Quarter the strawberries and place in a large bowl, keep in a cool place until ready to serve.
2 A few minutes before serving, add the freshly ground pepper and mix thoroughly with the strawberries. Then add drops of the balsamic vinegar and mix all the ingredients together with a spoon.
3 Divide the contents of the bowl into four small plates (at this stage add basil on top of each portion if you decide to use).