Saturday, December 10, 2011

Grand Marnier Strawberries

In this recipe, strawberries are spiked with Grand Marnier, which adds a rich orange flavor with the smooth kick of a good liqueur.

When fresh strawberries are not in season, I use frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed per the package instructions. Often the frozen strawberries are tastier than the fresh ones, because they are frozen immediately after picking. And they can be enjoyed all year long.

They're great served alone, warm or cold, as a light dessert or snack. I also like to serve them warm over ice cream, yogurt, or plain pound cake. They're also nice for breakfast/brunch, either alone or as a topping for French toast or pancakes. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, if desired.


2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
3 cups sliced fresh or frozen strawberries (thawed if frozen)

In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, sugar, and Grand Marnier. Stir to blend.

Transfer the lemon juice mixture to a medium saucepan. Over medium-high heat, bring the liquid almost to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the strawberries to saucepan, and stir to coat all the berries with the liquid. Simmer over low heat for 3-5 minutes.

-- 4 servings

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