Daily Archives: 07.17.2013

Berry Week: Strawberry Smash

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What is the love child of jet lag and Berry Week?

Strawberry Smash.

Strawberry Smash

For real.  I ended up whipping this up on Monday night and photographing it as a last-ditch effort to stay up until 9:00 PM.  Basically this makes me a kindergartner I think.  Dessert-as-bribery works at all ages.

We could also call this the love child of any person who is strapped for time and needs The Best Multi-Purpose Berry Dish there is.

Need a berry base for your lemonade?  Done.

Want to kick your cocktail up a notch?  Taken care of.

In the mood to action a fruit and cake combination?  Worry no more.

Tired of eating flavored greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom because of all of the added sugar?  Mix this into the plain stuff instead.

Thinking ice cream for lunch is the way that summer should be lived?  Let this satisfy part of your 5 a Day.

It is only alluded to on Dinner: A Love Story so I thought that this would be the perfect time to take it for a spin and nail things down a little bit more.

Strawberries 1

Ingredients

  • 1 container strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1.5 t sugar

Instructions

  • Combine strawberries and sugar in a bowl
  • Smash with fork until pulpy
  • Serve

I intentionally kept the amount of sugar in the blend down because not only are berries naturally sweet, but I don’t think you totally want to exterminate the tart contrast they provide to whatever it is you’re adding them to.  However, if you’re looking for something a little bit sweeter, get a little crazy with the sugar.  If you hate strawberries and would rather do this with blackberries, raspberries or even (crosses self) peaches your life will still be better because of it.

In the mood for more berries?  Check it out…

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