Balsamic Strawberry, Mozzarella & Basil Crostini

Strawberries stand in for tomatoes in an early summer take on the classic Caprese combination.
Ingredients
  • FOR THE BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY CONSERVE
  • 2 c. Strawberries, stems removed, halved if using large berries
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • ⅛ tsp. Kosher Salt
  • peel of ½ Lemon
  • FOR THE CROSTINI
  • 12½ in slices Baguette
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 12-24 Basil Leaves
  • 1 ball Fresh Mozzarella, cut in 12 slices
Instructions
  • Combine strawberries with sugar, vinegar, salt, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer until the berries are soft and suspended in a thick, sweet syrup, about 30 minutes. Remove lemon peel and allow the cool slightly. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
  • Make crostini. Heat about 1 Tbsp. of olive oil in a wide skillet over medium-high heat. Place the bread in the skillet and allow to toast and become golden. Flip and toast the other side. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

  • Assemble. Top each crostini with 1 large or several small basil leaves. Cover with a slice of Mozzarella. Drizzle the cheese with a little olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Top with a couple of berries and their juices and serve. You won’t miss the tomatoes a bit!
 
Notes
You will likely have more of the strawberry conserve than you need for 12 crostini. You could, of course, just make more crostini or you could add it to a prosciutto and brie sandwich, dollop them on a warm chèvre salad, or spoon them over ice cream.

Love is in small things…

Artist “Puuung” captures those little moments that make love whole in these heartwarming illustrations. In relationships, every-day interactions are more important than grand gestures—basically, don’t forget the small things.

Love is something that everybody can relate to. And Love comes in ways that we can easily overlook in our daily lives. So, I try to find the meaning of love in our daily lives and make it into artwork,” writes Puuung on Facebook.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Roses

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Roses

You will need:

fresh strawberries
wooden skewers
white chocolate
red food coloring
a piping bag & decorating tip
Wash and rinse the strawberries. Make sure they are 100% dry before dipping them in chocolate. If the strawberries are wet, the chocolate won’t stick to them. Then poke a wooden skewer through the top of each strawberry.
Dip the strawberry in melted white chocolate.
Allow the chocolate to cool and harden.

Here’s another trick I learned from Pinterest, though it was originally used for cake pops: use a colander to hold the strawberries while the chocolate dries.
Once each strawberry was dipped in chocolate, I mixed in a few drops of red food coloring to the leftover chocolate, spooned it into a piping bag, and piped it onto the strawberries. If you don’t have a piping bag, you could try using a plastic bag and cut the tip off of a corner, but I think a piping bag would work much better.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Roses
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Roses
By the time I was finished,

I had a whole bouquet of chocolate covered strawberry roses!
Thanks thePinJunkie!