Strawberries

STRAWBERRY AGUA FRESCA

This is a coveted recipe, it has been served at numerous Shepherd Farms events with a great response.  For a “grown-up” beverage add a smidge of tequila, put on some Jimmy Buffet, and enjoy the sun.
6 cups hulled fresh/frozen strawberries
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1/3 cup sugar
4 Water

Combine strawberries, sugar, lime and 1 cup of the water. Let sit overnight (or 4 hours minimum). Blend, then stir together with the remaining water. Serve withice… Yum!

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO SALSA

Perfect over fish or on whole romaine leaves for a lovely appetizer
Ingredients:

1  cup  finely chopped strawberries
1/4  cup  finely chopped peeled avocado
2  tablespoons  finely chopped red onion
2  tablespoons  chopped fresh cilantro
1/2  teaspoon  grated lime rind
2  tablespoons  fresh lime juice
2  teaspoons  finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
1/4  teaspoon  sugar

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; toss gently. Serve immediately

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE

For the posh lemonade stand...
Ingredients
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
2 cups cold sparkling water or club soda
Ice
Mint sprigs, garnish
Whole strawberries, garnish
Directions
In a medium saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon peel and lemon juice, stir, and remove from the heat. Let cool completely, then strain into a clean pitcher.
In a blender, puree the pint of strawberries and add to the pitcher with the lemon juice. Stir well to combine and refrigerate until well chilled.
Add the sparkling water and stir well. Pour over glasses filled with ice and serve, garnished with mint and strawberries.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

A mouthwatering Spring Delight, once again brought to you by Smitten Kitchen

For the topping:
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons Demerara sugar (or turbinado sugar aka Sugar in the Raw)
Zest of one lemon
1/4 pound (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 quart strawberries plus a few extras, hulled, quartered
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons cornstarch (some commenters found the flour option a little too, well, floury so this has been updated)
Pinch of salt

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Prepare topping: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugars and lemon zest and add the melted butter. Mix until small and large clumps form. Refrigerate until needed.

2. Prepare filling: Toss rhubarb, strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt in a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

3. Remove topping from refrigerator and cover fruit thickly and evenly with topping. Place pie plate on a  baking sheet, and bake until crumble topping is golden brown in places and fruit is bubbling beneath, about 40 to 50 minutes.

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By , February 9, 2011