Balsamic and Parmesan Strawberry Bites - Taste USA

Balsamic and Parmesan Strawberry Bites

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Ingredients

18-20 medium sized California Strawberries
1/2 cup (125 ml) softened cream cheese
1/2 cup (125 ml) ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp (15 ml) aged balsamic vinegar
1 tsp (5 ml) finely chopped thyme
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) cracked black pepper

Parmesan Thyme Crisp:

1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh thyme leaves
Black pepper to taste

Further informations

Dress to impress. Transform an already beautiful strawberry into an extraordinarily delicious work of art with flavourful filling topped by fascinator-like parmesan crisp.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Makes 18-20 bites

Tip: Cheese filling can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept refrigerated in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 bite | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 100mg | Fibre: 0g | Sugar: 0g

Note: 1 bite is 1/18th recipe and assumed all Parmesan Thyme Crisps used up.

 

Directions

  • 1

    To prepare the strawberries, trim the leafy stem end from a strawberry and stand up on cut end. Starting at the tip of the strawberry, make two cuts in a cross pattern 2/3 of the way down. Gently open up the four strawberry sections wide enough to fit a large star piping tip. Repeat with remaining strawberries.

  • 2

    For Parmesan Thyme Crisp, preheat oven to 400 F (200 C). On a parchment lined baking sheet, sprinkle Parmesan in an even 1/8 inch (3 mm) thick layer. Top with thyme leaves and cracked black pepper. Bake in centre rack for 3-4 minutes until light golden. Set aside to cool.

  • 3

    In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ricotta, grated Parmesan, balsamic vinegar, thyme and pepper. Scrape mixture into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe about 1 ½ tbsp (22.5 ml) into each strawberry. Gently break Parmesan Thyme Crisp into small pieces and top each strawberry to garnish.

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