Sunday, September 1, 2013

Strawberries with Red Wine Reduction and Whipped Cream for a Labor Day #SundaySupper

Strawberries with Red Wine Reduction and Whipped Cream

Welcome to September! Today, the team at #SundaySupper is featuring Labor Day dishes and I will be hosting today's event. This dish also marks the start of a running theme I have decided to use this month: desserts. I have published a few desserts here but it definitely has not been a focus so I wanted to feature them, in part, because I want to become more familiar with them. That means I will feature only desserts during September. For this dish, I wanted something that wasn't too sweet, yet appropriate for a backyard barbecue using seasonable fruits. I also think it would be perfect for your Labor Day celebrations.

The Challenge

Quite simply, balance of flavors, since strawberries are naturally sweet.

The Source

Adapted from page 219 of Fabio's Italian Kitchen by Fabio Viviani with Melanie Rehak.


1 pound ripe strawberries, hulled and halved lengthwise
1 750-mililiter bottle Cabernet Savignon
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pecans coarsely chopped


1. Place the strawberries in a heat-resistant bowl. Combine the wine and the turbinado sugar into a small saucepan over medium heat and reduce by 2/3 (or to about 1 cup). Pour the wine over the strawberries and shake to distribute evenly. Cover and cool in the refrigerator for two or more hours.

2. While the strawberries cool, combine the heavy cream, vanilla and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Using the whisk attachment to a hand-held or stand mixer, mix on high until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate to keep cool if necessary. When finished, spoon the strawberries into plastic tumblers. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with the pecans.


The red wine balances out the natural sweetness of the strawberries. The pecans added some contrast in texture and the whipped cream augmented the dish with a little fun. This dessert is a great for Labor Day backyard barbecues because it serves as a fruity cocktail too: Drink the leftover red wine once the strawberries have been eaten. I'd prepare this dish again, but probably not until next year when strawberries are in season again.

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  1. Lovely way to pair strawberries and Cabernet Sauvignon. Looking forward to more September desserts =)

    Thank you for hosting this very fun Sunday Supper =)

  2. Very interesting way of pairing red wine, which I love. Sophisticated dessert too! Thanks for hosting today!

  3. So sorry I wanted to take part this Sunday in this cool theme but then I missed the day again... =I
    How exciting that you are hosting this Sundaysupper and your dessert is of course a winner with the red wine. =) thank you for sharing!

  4. Thank you for hosting this week! What a sophisticated yet simple dessert - these berries look so good!

  5. What a great dessert with fresh berries and red wine. It's exactly the kind of dessert I like for a summer day.
    Thanks so much for hosting Sunday Supper this week. You have done an outstanding job!

  6. You've kicked off the month with a lovely dessert. Sounds like a lovely month ahead!

  7. Love this! It is beautiful, simple and sounds absolutely delicious. Yum!

  8. Oooh, this sounds perfect! And thanksfor hosting!

  9. What a marvelous dessert!!! As beautiful as it is tasty! Thanks so much for hosting us this week!!!

  10. This sounds quite lovely DB, dessert and drinks combined! Good luck with your September challenge, I look forward to seeing what you created. Thanks for hosting this week.

  11. sounds interesting and delicious

  12. How great is this? A boozy dessert - yes please. It sounds and looks fantastic. Thank you so much for hosting this week''s event. ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen

  13. That is just beautiful, DB! I think this would be wonderful with cherries as well. Thanks so much for hosting this week!

  14. Thanks for hosting! I look forward to a month of desserts!! Yum!

  15. Thank you for hosting this week! LOVED this event!

  16. Great pairing of strawberries and wine - it sounds delicious! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Outstanding way to prepare strawberries! Love this recipe and love your blog! So glad to have found you through Sunday Supper! Thanks for hosting!


  18. An elegant dessert! Just saw some lovely strawberries at the Farmer's Market! Great job hosting!

  19. I love the way this looks in the wine glasses. So elegant! Thanks for hosting. You did a great job!

  20. DB, I've been dying to read this post ever since I saw that gorgeous, dreamy, creative photo on Facebook. You certainly delivered! This sounds incredible! I love the strawberries in the red wine reduction. Heck, anytime you can combine dessert with alcohol, it's a winner in my opinion ;) I wish I was sitting in that lovely landscape with a glass (or two...or three) of this dessert.

  21. Thanks so much for hosting this week, DB! What an elegant dessert. I love that it's not too sweet, and celebrates the season's fruits!

  22. Desserts are awesome, and this is so simple and elegant! Thanks for hosting!

  23. Thanks so much for hosting this week! You did such a great job.
    Red wine and strawberries sounds like the perfect combination. This looks delicious!


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