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Savory Strawberry Shortcake – Classic Sweet Bliss

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Introduction:

Welcome to the world of culinary delights, where history and innovation collide on your plate. In this installment, we delve into the enchanting realm of desserts, specifically the Savory Strawberry Shortcake. This classic sweet treat, with a twist, will take your taste buds on a journey. Strawberry shortcake is a beloved dessert, cherished for its simplicity and timeless appeal. The traditional version comprises sweet biscuits, luscious strawberries, and fluffy whipped cream. But here, we’re taking it to the next level by introducing a savory dimension that will elevate your dining experience.

Historical Context:

Strawberry shortcake has a rich history that can be traced back to the 19th century in the United States. The dessert, as we know it today, began to take shape in the mid-1800s when early American settlers started to pair fresh strawberries with sweetened biscuits. These biscuits were often called “shortcakes” due to their crumbly texture, resulting from a high fat-to-flour ratio.

The classic strawberry shortcake soon became a summertime staple, with variations emerging over the years. However, our twist on this classic takes inspiration from a broader culinary movement that saw sweet and savory flavors blending in unexpected ways. This daring take on a beloved classic is sure to surprise and delight your taste buds.

Preparation:

1. Preheat and Prepare:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Prepare the Biscuits:

  • In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter and using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the grated cheddar cheese.
  • Pour in the buttermilk and gently mix until the dough comes together.

3. Shape and Bake the Biscuits:

  • Turn the biscuit dough out onto a floured surface and pat it into a 1-inch thick rectangle.
  • Use a round biscuit cutter to cut out individual biscuits. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and cooked through.

4. Prepare the Savory Strawberry Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine the fresh strawberries, balsamic vinegar, honey, and a pinch of salt. Gently toss to coat the strawberries in the mixture.
  • Add the chiffonade of fresh basil and freshly ground black pepper. Toss to combine.

5. Create the Savory Whipped Cream:

  • In a mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream until it begins to thicken.
  • Add the sour cream, lemon zest, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt.
  • Continue to whip until you achieve soft peaks.

6. Assemble the Savory Strawberry Shortcakes:

  • Slice each biscuit in half horizontally.
  • Spoon a generous portion of the savory strawberry mixture onto the bottom half of each biscuit.
  • Top with a dollop of savory whipped cream.
  • Place the other half of the biscuit on top.

7. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Your Savory Strawberry Shortcakes are ready to be savored. The combination of the crumbly, cheesy biscuits with the sweet and tangy strawberry filling, topped with the savory whipped cream, will take your taste buds on a delightful journey.

Conclusion:

The Savory Strawberry Shortcake is a unique take on a classic dessert that marries sweet and savory elements to create an unforgettable taste sensation. By incorporating sharp cheddar into the biscuits and infusing the strawberries with balsamic and basil, you’ll experience a symphony of flavors that is both surprising and delectable. The whipped cream with a hint of black pepper and garlic is the perfect finishing touch.

In this modern twist on a classic, we’ve successfully blended tradition with innovation, giving you a dessert that’s as much about history as it is about taste. So, set your table, invite your friends and family, and indulge in this classic sweet bliss with a savory twist. Your culinary adventure begins here!

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ng time: 15-20 minutes. minutes
servings
6 4 servings
total time
time: 35 minutes. minutes

Equipment

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  • Mixing bowls

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Pastry cutter or your fingers for working the dough

  • Round biscuit cutter

  • Mixing bowl for whipped cream

  • Electric mixer or hand whisk

  • Serving plates or platters

  • Knife for slicing biscuits and strawberries

  • Cutting board

  • Measuring cups and spoonse and cutting board

  • Mixing bowl

  • Spoon

  • Fork

  • Citrus juicer

  • Small whisk

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe avocados

  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, diced

  • 1/2 cup red bell

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

  • 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade (thinly sliced)

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Salt to tastepepper, finely diced

  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

1
Preheat and prepare.
2
Prepare the biscuits.
3
Shape and bake the biscuits.
4
Prepare the savory strawberry filling.
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