Grilled Strawberries Over Vanilla Ice Cream

This recipe should be enjoyed with glass (or more) of 2008 Nativo from Oso Libre Winery. The wine is lush, dripping with strawberry jam and subtle notes of lavender and anise. With a hint of eucalyptus, this fruit forward wine is great for desserts. It's 76% Primitivo, 24% Petite Sirah and 100% yummy!

As you can tell by most of our recipes this summer, we're a fan of grilled fruits. And we make no exceptions! With their brown sugar and balsamic glaze, these grilled strawberries are a great addition to almost any meal. Try them with your favorite salad or eat them right off the skewer, but first, try them with vanilla ice cream. Mmm!

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 pint of fresh organic strawberries
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • Carton of your favorite vanilla ice cream

1. In a large mixing bowl, dress all of the strawberries with enough balsamic vinegar just to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes so that some of the vinegar can be absorbed.

If you're hungry, now's your chance! Balsamic and strawberry is a divine combination. Plus, you're going to have to wait til they are grilled if you don't eat a few now.

I don't hull my berries, I really enjoy that whole food look over ice cream. Mind you, this does make them a bit more difficult to eat.

2. Place the brown sugar in a shallow bowl or rimmed plate.

3. Roll each berry such that each one has a thick coat of brown sugar.

4. On each skewer place about five strawberries. Roll the skewer through the brown sugar to ensure they are properly coated.

5. Let the skewered strawberries set in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before grilling. This allows the brown sugar and vinegar to blend, if you skip this step...most of the coating will fall off on the grill.

6. Grill each skewer for about 2 minutes on each side.

7. Rub each ice cream dish with the rosemary sprigs.

You'll find this little trick is quite versatile. I do it with mint, basil and even sage. It is very, very subtle but quite a pleasant addition to the dish.

8. Top the ice cream with the grilled strawberries and try to share it with others. Trust me, it's going to be a difficult task.

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