by Teri Pizza
My husband and I went on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. After tandem parasailing over the Atlantic and a delicious meal, we returned to our cabin and were surprised with a tray of chocolate- covered strawberries pre-arranged by our daughter.
Since then, strawberries have meant love and romance to me. And, why not? Strawberries are members of the rose family and conveniently heart shaped.
To help you celebrate the romantic month of February, give these recipes a try.
Black Bottom Strawberries
- 20 large whole strawberries
- 1 11.5-oz. bag milk chocolate chips, divided
- 1 ½ Tbsp. shortening
Wash and dry strawberries. Prepare a double-boiler: place water in the bottom, making sure it doesn’t touch the top pan. Add shortening and half of the chips. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add remaining chips, stir until melted. Insert toothpick through the
middle of each berry and dip the bottom of each strawberry into the chocolate. Hang berries over small glasses or jars until cooled. Place on wax paper and refrigerate.
For something extra special, why not also stuff your strawberries?
For 20 berries use:
- 1 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 c. powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp. Cointreau
- ¼ tsp. vanilla
(Liquor too much? Just use ½ cup less powdered sugar and delete Cointreau from the above recipe.)
Mix ingredients together. Cut an “x” at the top of each berry but do not cut through berry. Gently fan out the edges of the “x”. Using a pastry bag, place a dollop of stuffing on top of each berry’s “x” and press down slightly. Chill on wax paper until ready to serve. (Add a pecan topping by quickly and gently dipping stuffed berries into 2/3 cup of chopped pecans.
More great tips and recipes are in Teri Pizza’s books: Simplicity of
Fresh Produce and ENJOY! Recipes for Fresh Produce, available at Amazon.com