Strawberries with Buttermilk Ice and Balsamic Vinegar

Photo: © Tina Rupp

A granita-style frozen ice with buttermilk, lemon juice, and a tiny amount of sugar tops sliced strawberries drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

Yield: 4
Recipe from Food & Wine

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 pint strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tiny tarragon sprigs

Preparation

  1. In a bowl, whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons of the sugar with 1/2 tablespoon of the lemon juice until the sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the buttermilk and pour into a shallow baking dish; freeze until firm, whisking the mixture every 30 minutes, about 3 hours.
  2. In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Add the lemon zest and vinegar; let stand for 30 minutes. Spoon the berries and any juices into glasses. Using a fork, scrape the buttermilk ice into fluffy crystals and spoon over the strawberries. Garnish with the tarragon and serve.
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