Balsamic strawberries are the Italian way to make macerated strawberries and they are so easy to make. Perfect on their own or as a topping.
Balsamic strawberries are such an easy and delicious dessert. It takes only a few minutes to assemble and another 10 minutes to rest. It is an easy dessert on its own or a great addition to cakes, pancakes or even cocktails.
My favorite part about this Italian strawberry recipe is I get to take the strawberries that I left in the fridge for too long and that are just not looking great and bring them back to life. Adding the balsamic and some sugar to the strawberries totally hides all of the imperfections.
These are a favorite in our house and once you try them, I know you will love them too!
This Italian Strawberry recipe requires just a few simple ingredients:
- Fresh strawberries: It is important to use fresh strawberries and not frozen for this recipe. Frozen berries will not macerate properly.
- Sugar: I use regular granulated sugar.
- Balsamic vinegar: A standard balsamic vinegar is fine here. No need to use fancy aged vinegar.
All the same ingredients of macerated strawberries but with the addition of some balsamic vinegar. I prefer these balsamic strawberries to regular macerated strawberries because the delicious balsamic syrup that is made is so good drizzled over desserts!
How to make balsamic strawberries
- Prep Strawberries: To start you want to prep your strawberries by hulling the tops or cutting off the tops as I did. I make a strawberry top simple syrup with the cut strawberry tops so there is no waste.
- Combine Ingredients: Now add the balsamic vinegar and sugar to the strawberries and gently mix until combined. At this point, you will still see the sugar granules on the strawberries.
- Rest: Let the strawberries sit in the balsamic vinegar for a few minutes. The sugar will dissolve into the balsamic vinegar and form an amazing sweet syrup. It is so good!
Ideas for how to use balsamic strawberries
- On top of goat cheese crostini with an extra drizzle of honey (my favorite!)- The steps to make this is in the recipe below.
- As a topping for ice cream (my second favorite)
- In my strawberry and basil mocktail! So good.
- To serve alongside cake (my favorite cake for this is angel food cake).
- This recipe is for a no-bake Balsamic strawberry tiramisu from the Seaside Baker.
- As an add-in for cocktails.
- On it's own!
- Add them on top of a classic Philadelphia cheesecake, cheesecake bites, Ricotta pancakes, or Brioche French toast.
- Or any recipe that calls for strawberries.
This simple balsamic strawberries recipe is amazing just the way it is but you can certainly change things up a bit. Here are some suggestions:
- Add Fresh Herbs: You can also add fresh basil, thyme, or mint and they would taste wonderful. About 1 tablespoon for the entire recipe is all you need. If I can, I love making a simple basil simple syrup to add to the strawberries instead of sugar for that basil flavor.
- Black Pepper: Adding a touch of freshly cracked black pepper actually tastes amazing. It may seem like an unexpected ingredient with strawberries but it is really good.
- Use Honey: You can substitute honey for the sugar in this recipe if you prefer. It comes out amazing.
I always make these macerated balsamic strawberries a few hours before I need them and leave them out on the counter covered in plastic wrap until I am ready to use them.
If I have any leftovers after using them on the first day, I store them in the fridge covered for up to 2 days.
Strawberries are hands down the best fruit to combine with balsamic vinegar. The tart notes of the balsamic combined with sweet strawberries is a great pairing. The balsamic vinegar also imparts some sweetness to the strawberries so you end up using less sugar.
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Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 pint Fresh strawberries cleaned and dried preferably organic
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Grab a medium bowl and set aside
- Prepare your cleaned strawberries by cutting the tops off and cutting them into quarters
- Add your quartered strawberries to your bowl
- Now add your balsamic vinegar and sugar to the bowl
- Gently mix your strawberries, balsamic and sugar together
- Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes on the counter or up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
- Give it another good mix and serve on it's own or over your favorite dessert or drink.
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