Last night, was party one of THREE soirées, we’re hosting this month. We always have our annual shindig with friends (last night’s party). But then we’re hosting a family celebration for Jason’s graduation from law school (hooray!) next weekend, and then we have family coming from New York this year and will be hosting everyone on Christmas Eve at Casa de Crews.
I already kind of, sort of feel at my breaking point just thinking about it all. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited, but as an event planner, who loves a good menu, I want the house, decor, and food to all be perfect. It’s a little overwhelming, for sure.
My saving grace is to plan ahead, plan ahead….and plan ahead. I did this for the first time at Thanksgiving this year, and it helped me so much out so much.
It’s officially strawberry season right now. It’s probably hard to think of strawberries being in season in the winter, but here we are, kids. I love that fresh Florida strawberries are growing just an hour away from me, in Plant City, Florida. Actually Plant City is recognized worldwide as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World and is the dominate region in the U.S. that produces strawberries in the winter. See my last trip to our local strawberry field, here!
So it’s a no-brainer, I’d utilize fresh Florida Strawberries in at least one holiday bite, right? Actually, I’m making at least two (another post, for another day). This recipe is titled Balsamic Strawberry, but really we’re making a fresh jam. I love making homemade jams. They’re insanely easy to prepare, and I can make several days before I need to serve. There is no pectin in this recipe, so we’re not canning it or anything, but it will last up to a week, refrigerated and stored in a mason jar. As long as I have a plan, I’m good to go.
Just for festive garnish, I add a little bit of fresh rosemary (since this time of year, I always have so much on hand for other recipes). You don’t need to run out for fresh garnish if you don’t want to. Our plan is to keep holiday entertaining easy this season, right?!
I also love that strawberries are virtually fat free, so I can make a batch of jam, with fresh Florida strawberries, 1/4 cup honey, and a splash of balsamic vinegar, and add a teensy bit of melty brie to a phyllo cup with little guilt. And since it only takes eight medium strawberries to get more vitamin C than one orange, Balsamic Strawberry Jam is just the responsible thing to do (haha)…because I love my people, so I’m pumping them full of vitamin C, right? #balance
These bites are SO good. Make the jam ahead of time, assemble 10 minutes before everyone arrives. Enjoy an adult bevvy, and pat yo’self on the back. You’ve got it all covered, friends.
- 2 pints fresh strawberries, diced
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 package phyllo cups
- 6 tsp strawberry jam
- 6 tsp brie cheese
- rosemary, to garnish (optional)
- To a medium saucepan, add strawberries, honey and balsamic vinegar. Heat on medium heat until boiling. Mash strawberries with back of spoon. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add phyllo cups.
- To each phyllo cup, add cheese, and jam.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes, until cheese melts.
- Remove from oven. Add rosemary garnish (optional)
Picking fresh strawberries from now until April, is one of my favorite local activities. Want to visit a strawberry farm, here in Florida? Right now, you can enter to win a trip for four to tour one yourself! To enter, just submit a fabulous photo with Florida strawberries and receive a free Florida Strawberry cap plus get entered for a chance to win a getaway to Florida at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete’s Beach. Airfare, accommodations, and a tour of a strawberry farm in Plant City for up to 4 people. Contest begins on December 12, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on February 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. See terms and conditions, here. Submit photos, here. Good Luck!
See what other festive holiday recipes we’re sharing below for #SundaySupper
- Balsamic Strawberry Brie Bites by Casa de Crews
- Roasted Strawberry Chipotle Sauce by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Savory Strawberry Crostini by Cooking Chat
- Strawberry Apple Salsa by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Strawberry Hummus by The Freshman Cook
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Desserts Required
- Classic Eton Mess by Sunday Supper Movement
- Fresh Strawberry Pie by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Goopy Goop – A Healthy Strawberry Sauce by Cricket’s Confections
- Strawberry Bundt Cake by Caroline’s Cooking
- Strawberry Layer Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting by Family Around The Table
- Grilled Balsamic Strawberry & Chicken Kabobs by Books n’ Cooks
- Grilled Fish Topped with Strawberry Salsa by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Spicy Strawberry BBQ Shredded Chicken by The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry and Arugula Pizza by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Strawberry Balsamic Brie Grilled Cheese by Authentically Candace
- Strawberry Almond Couscous by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Strawberry Bread by An Appealing Plan
- Strawberry Bruschetta Side Salad by April Golightly
- Strawberry Coleslaw by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Pecan Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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