This is one of my favorite desserts EVER that I once had at a fancy New York City Italian restaurant, and decided to recreate at home. I couldn't believe that a dessert so delicious and sophisticated could be so easy to make. It really doesn't take much effort to make and you'll barely need these instructions but I'm hoping I can steer you in the right direction as far as making some critical choices for this Strawberries and Balsamic Glaze Dessert! Read my recommendations below and watch this 1-minute video tutorial! And please, like it and comment if you enjoy it :)
What you'll need:
- Strawberries (the redder and sweeter, the better!)
- Mint Leaves
- Balsamic Vinegar Glaze
- A dessert glass or mason jar for serving.
When it comes to deciding on your quantity of strawberries, my advice is just to assume you're going to use an entire basket of berries (as purchased at the market), especially if you're preparing this dessert for up to 3 people.
With this recipe, you can opt to use Balsamic Vinegar (which I'm sure you already have in your kitchen pantry), but in all honesty the final result is just not as tasty as using the glaze. The glaze is also a thicker consistency which is nice, as opposed to a more liquid-y vinegar which can make the strawberries a little soggy. So just go for the GLAZE!
My 2 favorite glazes to use are:
To slice the strawberries, I used my favorite kitchen tool that I own: my Joie Strawberry Slicer! It divides them up beautifully! This is how the recipe time is so short--you won't waste any time slicing (or in my case worrying that I'll chop off a nail...my nails are really long these days).
Collect your sliced strawberries in a bowl, swirl your balsamic glaze of choice into the bowl. Use your best judgement and preference for how much (I usually eye it at 3 light swirls) and then mix together. You can immediately refrigerate to serve at a later time or dish out into dessert glasss or jars (I love how it looks in a mason jar!), add some fresh mint leaves and you're ready to enjoy this sweet treat!
I like to think of this dessert as a healthier option but yes, it does have natural sugars from the berries and some sugar in the glaze. In my opinion, eating fruit is better for you and a lot more satisfying than something like ice cream or baked goods. Plus, strawberries are antioxidant rich, which is great for your skin and your body overall! I definitely have a sweet tooth though, so the glaze really hits the spot for me. Keep in mind that similar recipes online will instruct you to add sugar to the strawberry and balsamic mix, which I think is entirely unnecessary. Not only will that make this dessert unhealthy but it will disturb the epic balance of the strawberries and glaze, which is the whole point of this delectable union.
So curious to hear your thoughts on this dessert! Please comment below and feel free to make suggestions for other recipes you'd like to see here on Mizzfit :)