Need an appetizer for a party? Or a refreshing dessert after dinner? This recipe serves both needs! Fresh strawberries washed and hulled deliver color and sweetness when paired with creamy brie and fresh basil leaves. Balsamic glaze provides a sweet yet savory finish for a fabulous combination !
Strawberry Brie Bites with Balsamic Glaze (makes 20-24 pieces)
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled (if too large to eat in one bite, cut in half lengthwise) Fresh basil, one leaf per strawberry (about 20-24) 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1/2 pound Brie cheese, cut 1/4-inch slices into 1-inch squares (20-24 pieces) Toothpicks or small bamboo skewers
To make glaze: pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan and gently simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until the glaze is thick and coats a spoon (consistency of chocolate syrup). Set aside and allow to cool in pan.
Prepare a serving dish with a light coat of oil or cooking spray. Start stacking ingredients with a piece of brie* as the base. Add basil (leaf should curve up to catch the glaze). Next, add the strawberry (hulled or cut side down). Spear stack with toothpick and drizzle with glaze. Arrange on the prepared serving dish. Enjoy!
*If a creamy brie is used, start the stack with the basil leaf and spread the creamy cheese in center of basil leaf. Top with strawberry and spear with toothpick. Drizzle with glaze.
Note: Any unused balsamic glaze can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for several weeks.