strawberries in vinegar

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup boiling water
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
could also use balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 lbs medium strawberries
  • wide saucepan
  • whisk
  • storage bowl
This dessert is made in advance before the meal. By the time food prep, cooking, and eating are done, dessert will be waiting for you in the fridge!
Transfer the sugar into a wide saucepan. Warm it over medium-low heat until the caramel starts to form. Stir the caramel until a deep brown color, similar to the color of chocolate, develops.
Carefully pour in the hot water. The caramel will bubble a lot, so brace yourself. :) Allow the caramel to cool for a few minutes.
Whisk in the vinegar then cool the caramel in the fridge.
Remove the hulls from the strawberries. Cut each one in half lengthwise and transfer to a storage bowl.
Pour the vinegar caramel over the strawberries. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.
source: Feran Adria's The Family Meal
For the recipe proportions for 20 servings, see page 186 of The Family Meal.