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Tuxedo Strawberries and Berry Crostini

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 7-8 Tuxedo Berries, 6-7 White Chocolate Berries with Drizzle, 10 Crostini 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Chocolate covered strawberries and balsamic strawberry crostini – two recipes great for entertaining!


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Ingredients

For the Tuxedo Strawberries:

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus a handful for snacking)
  • 4 tsp. shortening (I used vegetable oil)
  • 15 medium-sized strawberries

For the Crostini:

  • 2 large strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Tuxedo Strawberries:

  1. Melt the white chocolate with 2 tsp. of the shortening in a double broiler or in the microwave. If you microwave, heat the chocolate in 45 second increments and stir in between each cycle.
  2. Dip 7 or 8 berries in the white chocolate and set them on a sheet of wax paper to cool.
  3. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate with the remaining 2 tsp. of shortening.
  4. Dip the remaining strawberries in the semi-sweet chocolate, taking care to reserve about 1/3 of the chocolate for dipping the “tuxedos.”
  5. Let the dipped strawberries set for at least fifteen minutes.
  6. Dip one side of the white chocolate strawberries in the semi-sweet chocolate at a steep angle. Repeat with the other side to form a “V” on the front of the berry.
  7. Put remaining white and semi-sweet chocolate in separate ziploc bags and cut a small hole in the corner of each.
  8. Use the semi-sweet chocolate to pipe buttons and bowties onto the tuxedo strawberries. If the bag is piping too much chocolate, dip a toothpick in the chocolate instead and use it to “draw” the details on.
  9. Drizzle remaining white chocolate over semi-sweet covered strawberries in a side-to-side motion.
  10. Let berries set on the counter or in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. Serve cold or at room temperature.

For the Crostini:

  1. Thinly slice the strawberries and mix them with the balsamic vinegar. Set aside.
  2. Place 10 baguette slices on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted. Let cool.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the ricotta, honey, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  4. Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixture onto each baguette slice.
  5. Top with 2-3 slices of balsamic-marinated strawberries. Serve immediately.

Keywords: entertaining, valentine, strawberry