Pink Pepper Macerated Strawberries

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Author Notes: A few years back there was a recipe for a strawberry & pink pepper shortbread cookie in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I was immediately smitten with the idea. Unfortunately the resulting cookies were disappointingly bland. I didn't lose my interest in the pink pepper & strawberry combination, and the following summer decided to add some crushed pink peppercorns to strawberries I was macerating for shortcake. It was love at first bite. The spicy & citrusy pink pepper complemented the sweet and juicy berries like they were long lost friends. It is especially good with the local Hood strawberries that are now in season in Portland.

This is barely a recipe, but it's delicious enough to be shared. These are great for shortcakes, on plain or vanilla yogurt, on ice cream or blended into a shake. They are also surprisingly good on a chevre smeared crostini. - hardlikearmour

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Food52 Review: The pink pepper used in this recipe gives the macerated strawberries a complex floral yet woodsy aroma, which gave the dish a sense of mystique before I even took a bite. The brightness of the pink pepper makes it a great complement to strawberries, and it's spiciness really highlighted the natural sweetness of the fruit, leaving behind a light, lingering heat. I thought a rich ice cream might temper the peppery fruit, but I happily found that is not the case. Pink pepper might look sweet, but you will love the spice it adds to this dish. This is a great dessert topping and a great snack! - forester_ladyBrianne Du Clos

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 & 1/2 pounds fresh strawberries, preferably locally grown
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons pink peppercorns
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
  1. Wash strawberries and remove stems. Cut into slices or wedges and place into a non-reactive bowl.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle mash up the pink peppercorns until coarsely ground. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar, and mash until almost homogenous. (Alternately use a spice grinder.)
  3. Pour into the bowl with the strawberries and mix to combine. Cover the bowl and let rest in the refrigerator for an hour or so to macerate. Mix well and taste for sweetness. Add additional sugar if desired.
  4. Optional: I like to mash about 1/3 to 1/2 of the berry pieces with my potato masher to make a chunky sauce. If I'm going to make crostini I will not do this step.
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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Really like your correct use of "alternately." Also really like the recipe. A lot. ;o)

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks on both counts, AJ! I do hope you enjoy it.

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I always Blanche at the cost of those pink peppercorns but buy them anyway....now I have another recipe for them! This will be a nice substitute for my usual basil and berry combo. Looking forward to more pink recipes.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, LG. I love the pink peppercorns so I ignore their cost.

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Great idea (and I love the photo!)! I like a light sprinkling of black pepper on macerated strawberries, so I know I'd love this too.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I really love pink pepper in general - kinda peppery bite, but tempered. I hope you can try it! Thanks for the props on the photo. I thought the contrast was really nice.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Mmm...sounds really tasty!!!! Well done, hla!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, mrslarkin!!

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

Yummy - can't wait to try!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, TB! I can eat it by the spoonful.

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about 3 years ago melissav

For some reason, I can no longer reply to the original string - this happens a lot to me lately. I use Mrs. Wheelbarrow's recipe (http://www.mrswheelbarrow...) and use pink peppercorns instead of the the black; however, I use more than the 10 peppercorns called for in the recipe, probably a small handful and I lightly crush them. It is delicious as are all of Mrs. W's preserving recipes. She hasn't led me astray yet!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! I will definitely need to make some strawberry jam this year.

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Love everything about this! Will pick up some Maui strawberries from the FM on Saturday...this atop a chevre smeared crostini sounds heavenly.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, gingerroot! I hope you try them.

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about 3 years ago kmartinelli

Oh, hardlikearmor, you've done it again! Love at first bite indeed. These are going on my absolutely must try asap list!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks so much, kmartinelli! I hope you like them.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Love pepper flavored strawberries, have never done it this way, I usually sprinkle a little over my strawberry w/green salads (or slaws). Thanks for sharing this, HLA!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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You should definitely try grinding some pink peppercorns on your next strawberry salad! In fact, just crunch a pink peppercorn in your teeth sometime. They have a lovely flavor. I was almost embarrassed to share this "recipe" since I'd barely consider it a recipe, but I'm glad I did.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

This recipe inspired me to make a sorbet with it...posted on F52 today.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Muat try this, sounds like a wonderful combination.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! I hope you get a chance to try it.

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about 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Fantastic!!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks!

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about 3 years ago melissav

Love it. I add pink peppercorns to my strawberry jam and it is a great combo.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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That's a great idea! Would you mind sharing your recipe?

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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That does sound good!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Nice! Wasn't it the 'galloping gourmet' who suggested adding black pepper on top of strawberries way back when it was so revolutionary? Love the idea of pink!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Maybe so! Of course, he was before my time ;) I'm a huge fan of pink peppercorns, and the tree they come from is positively gorgeous when it's full of the berries.

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about 3 years ago Midge

A great idea. I've got some berries in the fridge that are just asking for this treatment

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, Midge! I've also got some strawberry drinking vinegar infusing, so will let you know how it turns out.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Can't wait to hear how it works.

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about 3 years ago wssmom

It's amazing the way ideas can stick with you! This is just wonderful!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I agree!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Wow, what a wonderful combination. I'll try it this week.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, boulangere! Let me know if you give it a whirl.

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about 3 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

This sounds fantastic and very interesting!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, BMF! The pink pepper adds an interesting layer of flavor to an old standard.