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One of the great things about Mother’s Day is that all of the supermarkets get in these nice, fat prestige strawberries, the fruit equivalent of a picture-perfect long stemmed rose. What do do with them? Glad you asked. My top five strawberry recipes!
Smoked Strawberry Whiskey Sour
Fancy? I’ll show you fancy. Fancy enough for the fanciest bartender in fancy-town—because that person just might be a mother! Anyhoo, this is really good to do if you’re making a big brisket or a bunch of pork ribs for Mother’s Day or any other day. All you need to do is put a pint of strawberries in the smoker with your meat, and smoke them. Yes, smoked strawberries! It’s a thing. A fancy cocktail thing.
Wolfgang Puck’s Strawberry Sauce for Cocktails or Ice-Cream or Angel Food Cake or Anything
Wolfgang Puck is one of the greatest chefs to ever bring together the flavors of Asia and California, and this fresh strawberry and star anise syrup will show you why. Drizzle some into a glass with Cava for a very lovely brunch cocktail. Spoon it over vanilla ice-cream for a fabulous dessert.
Nothing is prettier when you have beautiful strawberries than a show-off tart loaded up with the fresh berries! This Fine Cooking recipe with a shortbread press-in tart shell is actually pretty easy, as well as showy and wonderful.
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Yes, I am a real Northerner. You can tell because I think strawberry rhubarb pie is the very best pie of all, even better than apple. I think that! And this recipe is one of the best, from Saveur.
What’s the very best thing to do with strawberries? Honestly it’s often to leave them very plain. I love them just as a course themselves, maybe beside a fine slab of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. But if you want to do something simple and fantastic, chocolate dipped strawberries are so fun to do with kids, and make everyone happy.