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Sun Baked Strawberries with Madame Clicquot

June  4, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I don't even know where to begin. If you have ever been to the House of Clicquot in the champagne region of France and then found a strawberry patch heated by the summer French sun then you get my drift. I recreate this, with my amazing and wonderful wife every late spring with my own strawberries and sometimes I even invite the La Grande Dame. It is totally about the time, place and the quality of the strawberries. And, yes, I have a sink in my Orchard Garden. Just one last note, if you don't have a strawberry patch get your better half to skip out on work on a Friday afternoon, grab a blanket to sit on and go to a you-pick. Take some champagne and anything else you might enjoy and get yourself out of the kitchen, office or whatever rut you may be in. I have eaten strawberries in about every recipe and at about every restaurant around the world and it doesn't get any better than sun baked berries, a late afternoon, someone you like, love and really care about and a great bottle of champagne. If you give it a try I really think you will agree. And I challenge those at food52 to disagree. —thirschfeld

What You'll Need
  • 1 strawberry patch or u-pick strawberry patch on a hot afternoon
  • 1 or more bottles of champagne, I like Clicquot but Moet Chandon is usually more yeasty and adds a great shortbread note. Over the top go with La Grande Dame or Dom Pérignon
  1. If you need instructions you should probably just stay at home by yourself.
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8 Reviews

cheese1227 June 7, 2010
You cut right to the chase!
aargersi June 7, 2010
These may be the best directions on the whole website, ever.
mdm June 6, 2010
The strawberries in NH this year are incredible!
thirschfeld June 6, 2010
They have been fantastic here too
Sounds wonderful! Also, last year I read a great book on the story of the Veuve Clicquot and just loved it. It was a fascinating read on her life and times as well as a history of champagne. If you like that sort of book, and you haven't run across it, it's "The Widow Clicquot" by Tilar Mazzeo. Extraordinarily well researched, I thought.
thirschfeld June 6, 2010
We have a copy and I have been meaning to read it because, yes, she is a really interesting lady.
mrslarkin June 4, 2010
That sounds really nice, thirschfeld. And i like your backyard.
lastnightsdinner June 4, 2010
Perfect. Cheers.