Ah, the perfect ripe strawberry. Summer's gift to us humans. Red, juicy, succulent, and they look sensuous as you are eating them. Unless of course you are a total yutz and drop one on your white tank top while trying to look cool, which I did last night. Regardless, here is an easy, elegant dessert that can be made ahead and assembled later.
Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries and Balsamic Reduction - serves 4
- 1 pint of strawberries, washed, stems removed, and quartered
- 1 pint of high quality vanilla ice cream
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
In a small saucepan, bring balsamic to a boil over medium heat. Turn the heat down to low and reduce even further, until you have about 1/4 cup of liquid in the pan. Turn the heat off and the balsamic will get thicker. Let it cool or store in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to use. Meanwhile, scoop the vanilla ice cream into frosted wine glasses or desert glasses, top with the strawberries, and finally, drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Don't know how to frost a glass? Dude, get your head out of your tuchus. Ok, fine....take a wine glass and wet it. Put it into the freezer. 20 minutes later, presto, you have a frosted glass.