Strawberry Preserves with Black Pepper and Balsamic Vinegar


Paired with fresh goat cheese on crostini, these preserves make a great appetizer.

Prep time:  45 minutes
Makes 2 cups


2 cups strawberries (about 1 pint), trimmed and quartered
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


In a small heavy saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil, stirring.  Simmer mixture, stirring and skimming foam occasionally, for 15 to 30 minutes, or until thickened and translucent. Remove pan from heat and cool preserves completely.   Preserves keep 1 month if covered and chilled.


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