Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Strawberry Nachos and Strawberry Soup

Last Thursday the Red Hats ladies

went on a tour of a strawberry farm....Meadow Lane Farm..... We tasted 14 different kinds of strawberries.
Each of the rows had a decorative sign listing the name.. the variety of berry had their own unique taste, Early varieties are Vee Star , Sable and Annapolis, mid season, Cavendish, Jewel, Kent Brunswick and Honeoye, late season,Governor Simcoe , bred for the sandy soil of this area and Sapphire......
we then picked a basket of our favourite........mine was Sapphire.

The early variety I liked was Vee Star and the mid season Honeoye.
Part of the tour included 3 desserts made with the berries we picked to be enjoyed in the tent at the field but due to a storm threatening with tornado warnings.
plans quickly changed and we moved to the family room at the farm house...........
We made it to the house just as the rain started. What a feast of berries we had everything from Strawberry slush, Strawberry pizza,Strawberry Lemon streusel muffins to Chilled Strawberry soup and Strawberry nachos....
I made the Strawberry nachos Friday......This recipe serves 6 tho I think more like 4.
3 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup amaretto or 1 tsp. almond extract

3/4 cup sour cream
2 TBSP. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon or more to taste

6 6inch tortillas
2 TBSP melted butter
2 Tsp. sugar
1/2 Tsp. cinnamon
2 TBSP. toasted sliced almonds(used pecans)
1 TBSP. shaved semi-sweet chocolate
Combine strawberries, sugar and almond liqueur in bowl refrigerate for 1 hour. Combine sour cream, sugar and cinnamon in small bowl stir well, Chill.
Preheat oven to 400. Using pastry brush lightly brush one side of tortilla with butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon , cut into wedges.
Bake for 6-8 minutes til crisp.Cool.
Place 6 wedges on dessert plate, top with fresh strawberries, a little of sour cream mixture, sprinkle with almonds and chocolate.........

The other treat was the strawberry soup, this would be delightful as a starter for a cool summer supper.
4 cups of strawberries
1/3- 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 cups ice water
1 cup dry white wine
Puree berries, add sugar and sour cream, mix well, add water and wine, chill for at least 1 hour. Garnish with mint leaves and dollop of cream.......
Quick , easy and delicious.....
By the way a tornado did touch down in the area destroying a home but everyone was safe......


Rosanne said...

I'll be trying these recipes for sure!

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to try to grow my own strawberries, but never had the time. I bet that farm smelled wonderful!

Lythrum said...

I have a couple of 'Tennessee Beauty' strawberries growing in containers in my backyard. The Gnomeslayer figured out quick that they were good to eat. I'm gld that you had fun. :)