Recipe: Strawberries With Balsamic And Fresh Mint
One of our favorite events every summer is The Sylvia Center’s Farm-to-Table dinner, hosted by Great Performances in the fields of Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y. The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire young people and their families to eat well through hands-on learning experiences on the farm and in the kitchen. The Center does this by teaching skills that inspire students to establish independent healthy eating habits that lead to healthy and productive lives. Sounds like a good plan for all of us, which is why we’ve asked Julie Cerny, farm education director and garden manager at The Sylvia Center, to share some of the recipes they use when working with the youth programs.
For some folks, the combination of strawberries, balsamic vinegar, and mint isn’t outside of the box. When our students at The Sylvia Center first hear that we’ll be combining these three ingredients, it’s not unusual to see a look of concern on some faces. The maple syrup, sugar, and heavy cream for whipping tend to put the fledgling chefs at ease.
There’s a reason that this recipe is a Sylvia Center classic. After our young chefs have tasted the dish, most of the questioning looks their faces turn to nods of approval, and we get one step closer to showing them that experimenting a bit and trying something that’s different than what they’re used to, can yield results that will surprise them. And you, too, perhaps!
Strawberries with Balsamic and Fresh Mint
2 pints strawberries, washed and halved
2 to 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1 pint heavy cream, kept cold
2 tablespoons sugar
12 large mint leaves
1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, toss together the strawberries, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Set aside for 1 hour.
2. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the heavy cream until peaks start to form, add sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. To serve, divide the strawberries and any juice into individual dessert bowls, top with 2 tablespoons of whipped cream, and garnish with mint leaves.