Roasted Strawberries

roasted strawberries recipeLast spring, I went to a blogger event at Grange in Sacramento. We went to the farmers’ market across the street, bought ingredients, went back to the restaurant, and the chef made us an incredible lunch with our purchases. I loved everything about it. It was during peak strawberry season, and the pastry chef took the strawberries that we brought to her and made a tart. The interesting thing about it was that she roasted the strawberries first. I had never had strawberries cooked like that before, and it was love at first sight. Something amazing happens when they are roasted. The berries develop a very rich flavor and make an incredible syrup. The pastry chef put them in a tart shell that served it with a touch of whipped cream.

I was working over the weekend and found myself with some extra strawberries. In Kansas, we are not getting great strawberries yet, and I hate to buy things out of season, but they were for a freelance job, so I had to buy them. I needed to use them quickly too. I decided to try my hand at roasting them, and it was the perfect solution for an off season strawberry. The hot oven does something magical to these, it brings out their sweetness. They are perfection on their own, but I had some extra quinoa and after seeing a post from my friend Hannah, I decided to make a breakfast quinoa. I was late to the party when it came to quinoa. I don’t know what took me so long to try it, but now I am in love. I am not a huge breakfast eater, but like the idea of eating something like this to make a Monday feel a little more special. It took no extra effort on my part, just a look around my fridge. Leftover plain quinoa, Greek yogurt, sliced almonds, and a little orange zest were all it took to make this beautiful breakfast.

roasted strawberries recipe2 pints strawberries
3 Tablespoons raw sugar
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

roasted strawberries recipeClean and slice strawberries. I like mine in good size chunks, otherwise the strawberries fall apart. Sprinkle with sugar. I like raw sugar here, but you can use regular white sugar or even brown sugar.

roasted strawberries recipeDrizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss well.

roasted strawberries recipeRoast in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. It depends on the size of your berries, so check them every now and again.

roasted strawberries recipeYou can do a lot of things with roasted strawberries. Eat them on their own, add them to a tart shell, serve with ice cream, or you can make them into an extra special breakfast like I did.

Roasted Strawberries

Roasted Strawberries

Yield: serves 4

How to make roasted strawberries. Spoon over yogurt, ice cream, oatmeal, or quinoa. This versitale recipe is great for using less than perfect strawberries

Ingredients

  • 2 pints strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Clean and slice strawberries. I like mine in good size chunks, otherwise the strawberries fall apart. Sprinkle with sugar. I like raw sugar here, but you can use regular white sugar or even brown sugar.
  2. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss well.
  3. Roast in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. It depends on the size of your berries, so check them every now and again.
  4. You can do a lot of things with roasted strawberries. Eat them on their own, add them to a tart shell, serve with ice cream, or you can make them into an extra special breakfast like I did. A breakfast parfait with some leftover quinoa, Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of sliced almonds and the zest of an orange make for a healthy breakfast that feels indulgent.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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29 Comments

  • I have never ever seen anything like this! Roasted strawberries?!?! I have a bunch of berries that need to be eaten up and I seriously think this is how they’ll be used. I love the balsamic touch to them as well… Can’t wait to try this, and your pictures are beautiful.

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    • I don’t know what took me so long to try it myself after I ate them almost a year ago!

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  • I’m so glad you tried the quinoa : ) and my goodness, the roasted strawberries sound and look so good!

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  • yum,Bree..need to try this with my flavorless strawberries! Haven’t been to the Grange,but the mobile food truck business is really growing in Sacramento,maybe you could bring that to Kansas? It would definitely have to be themed around lemons!

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  • Uhhhh YUM! I love the idea of roasting strawberries, how stinkin’ clever!

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  • Sometimes I’m pretty slow to acquire all these wonderful baking techniques….like roasting fruit – what a glorious and delicious idea! Strawberry season is a wonderful season and I just can’t wait to roast some up! Thanks for the clever idea, Bree!

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    • You are welcome Julia, this is also really handy when the fruit is not perfectly in season.

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  • Oh wow! This is just in time for us. I have lots of fresh strawberries, compliments of my sweet husband!
    I made the strawberry popsicles last night – they are in the freezer waiting for us.

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  • This is so easy, yet so sophisticated/elegant. Will have to make this for my next dinner party!

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  • I love the simplicity of this recipe! (and stunning photos don’t hurt, either). I bet roasting brings out the natural sweetness even more. Yum! Looking forward to meeting in person next week at the summit! (I love your blog’s tagline) 😀

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  • I’ve never thought of roasting strawberries before … Genius!

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  • Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe love it. I really love strawberries.

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  • These look delicious, Bree! I’ve been needing something to jazz up my morning oatmeal, and this recipe is perfect. 🙂

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  • Hi there! I just made something similar to this the other day – SO amazing. It takes strawberries to a whole new level. I used a 15-yr aged balsamic with mine – yum. But once I had my berries roasted and cooled, I threw them into a blender and pureed them and added them to cupcake batter and frosting. Just so you know – they are extremely drool-worthy and you will never look at strawberries the same way again. I’m making them again this weekend as part of my banana split cupcakes, hoping to win a bake-off with them.
    I love your blog – I make your salted caramels every year for my sister and she says their her absolute favorite!
    Thanks again 🙂

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