Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Let California Strawberries Sweeten Your Holidays!
Knock, Knock! Your favourite berry is here to help sweeten your holidays.

I know, you love strawberries on your cereal, ice cream and baked goods - but did you know that they are delicious in savoury foods too? They pack a lovely balance of tart and sweet that wakes up your dish and makes it sing. And they are a superfood!

Fresh from the sunny fields of California, strawberries are a superfruit for every day. In addition to great taste, research studies continue to indicate that strawberries promote overall good health – including disease prevention and anti-aging. A true “superfruit”, California strawberries boast high levels of vitamin C, fibre, potassium and folic acid. The antioxidants, flavonoids and phytonutrients found in strawberries may also regulate blood pressure levels, while reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline.
With California strawberries now available at local supermarkets across Canada, it is a great time to incorporate them into a healthy daily diet.

Here are some festive ideas for your holiday table, courtesy of California Strawberries.

Festive Red and Green Salad
Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

1 tomato, chopped
6 California strawberries, sliced
8 oz pre-washed arugula
8 large basil leaves, chopped
1 pinch sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • Combine tomato, strawberries, arugula and basil in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and toss well to coat.
  • Then add the vinegar and toss once more. Serve the salad with freshly grated Parmesan over the top and serve immediately.
  • Makes 2 servings

Succulent Holiday Turkey with Maple Strawberry Glaze
Recipe and image courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission

2 cups California strawberries, crushed
1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1 boneless, single turkey breast, (about 3 lbs, 1.5 kg)
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 Tbsp grated lemon rind
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh ground pepper

  • Bring first nine ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium-low
  • and cook, stirring often, 25 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and cool. Reserve 1 ½ cups sauce; cover and chill.
  • With fingers, loosen skin at the thickest part of the turkey breast. Slide fingers under skin to loosen and make pocket, leaving skin intact on 3 sides. Press thyme, lemon rind, salt and pepper into pocket, pressing skin to spread evenly.
  • Place turkey, skin side up, in a small shallow roasting pan. Spread with ¾ cup of the maple-strawberry sauce; cover loosely with aluminum foil and roast at 325°F for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 45 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer registers 185°F, basting with remaining ¾ cup maple-strawberry sauce every 15 minutes.
  • Transfer turkey to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved maple-strawberry sauce. Garnish with fresh California strawberries. 
  • Serves 8
  • Tip: The maple-strawberry sauce can also be used on a whole turkey – perfect for a holiday dinner.
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