Hartford House

The Home of Good Conversation, Fine Wine and Classic Horses.

Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

Fresh Strawberries with Reduced Balsamic and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

 Strawberries and Champagne  Photo : Jackie Cameron

Strawberries and Champagne
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Fresh Strawberries with Reduced Balsamic  and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

A five-course dinner party sounds extremely lavish. My guests, however,  expect nothing less! With little available social time on my hands I wow  my friends with fresh flavours and quick, clever substitutes. Food that  is stress free allows me to enjoy my dinner party.

My choice of arrival nibble is irresistible ruby-red, plump  strawberries. Topped with reduced balsamic and freshly ground black  pepper and served with Champagne,  it is an out-of-the-ordinary extravaganza of sweet and savoury  combinations which mingle with the lightness of bubbles. Simply  delicious!

Yields: 4

Ingredients :

500g Strawberries

2 cups Balsamic Vinegar

Freshly ground Black Pepper to taste

Method :

1) Wash and dry strawberries and set aside

2) Place balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer (chef’s note: to prevent the reduction from becoming bitter) until a half a cup of liquid is left and set aside

3) On service drizzle the strawberries with balsamic vinegar and give a good grinding of black pepper and serve with champagne

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I look forward to hearing from you.

 jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713