Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Sauce

Until now, it hadn’t quite hit me that Eric and I had bought a house.  There were a lot of questions that we’d been waiting answers on… like when exactly we’d be closing. Which then left a lot of other things open. Would we be able to refinish the floors before we moved in?  Would we be able to paint rooms? And when the heck would we even be moving? But now a lot of these questions have been answered and we can officially get excited about the move.  Currently, I’m not that stressed about the process. Yes, I know there’s a lot of work to be done. But we’re in a good place with packing and, for now, we’re basking in the joy of knowing that in just a little over a month, we will be home.

It’s hard to express how important this move is for us. We’ve been wanting to purchase a place for a long time. But, more importantly, we’ve wanted to live in a place where we felt comfortable. Living in South Boston has a lot of benefits, but it never felt like a place where Eric and I could be ourselves. We’re looking forward to becoming a part of our new town’s community; to embrace all it has to offer. And I think we both agree we’ll be welcome with open, loving arms.

Last week, we got our first container of Florida-grown strawberries in our farm share box and while maybe I should have just let them be, I was too excited. Roasting the berries doesn’t take a way from their flavor, but, instead, deepens it. Their tartness shines through the balsamic reduction. Including ice cream just brings the dessert together. And who ever passes up on a chance to eat ice cream?  Not this guy.

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KathrynMarch 3, 2014 - 4:42 am

Congratulations on the impending move. Having a home + a community, rather than just somewhere that you live, makes all the difference in the world. I love the combination of strawberry and balsamic and this is a wonderful little tease for what’s to come in the warmer months.

Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)March 3, 2014 - 8:30 am

So jealous of your strawberries! It is currently snowing here–and we are about to get a foot–so it’s safe to say that I will not have good strawberries for quite some time. This sauce looks amazing, Brian!

Stacey | Kitchen SerendipityMarch 3, 2014 - 8:32 am

YUM!!! It’s strawberry season here. So excited for you guys and your upcoming move – sounds like everything is on the right track. :)

LisaMarch 3, 2014 - 8:37 am

Congratulations on the new house! I’m patiently waiting for the day my husband and I can buy our own place! Well, I’m trying to be patient! Everything comes in time!

I love the Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Sauce too! Strawberries don’t last long fresh in our house, but I think next time I will have to buy double so I can try this out!!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesMarch 3, 2014 - 8:54 am

I can still remember how skeptical I was when I took my first bite of strawberries with balsamic. And then being completely blown away by it. I like yours with the extra step of roasting the strawberries, bet it’s lovely!!

TieghanMarch 3, 2014 - 9:07 am

Strawberries! Mmm! Wishing for summer right now so I can make this sauce. It’s amazing!

LirenMarch 3, 2014 - 9:14 am

Those days leading up to a closing are so stressful on many levels, ice cream is the perfect antidote. Topped with this gorgeous sauce and well…what worries? Beautiful as always, Brian. I’m so excited for your move!!

Rachel @ Baked by RachelMarch 3, 2014 - 10:05 am

Good luck with the move!! :) I hope the house and new community is everything you hope it to be! Also… I could totally eat this with a spoon. Forget the ice cream ;)

LauraMarch 3, 2014 - 10:32 am

Sending some big congratulations on your new home and I hope your move goes smoothly too! We took possession of our place in October and we’re still not fully moved in because I want all the floors finished and every room to be just so. Lately I’ve accepted that I can’t do it all and that living with the imperfections is fine as long as we’re happy. And how could you NOT be happy with roast-y, balsamic strawberries on ice cream?! Cannot wait to try this one.

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and HealthMarch 3, 2014 - 12:40 pm

im so happy that you found a place to call it your home :) so much to celebrate for. I made ice cream with roasted strawberries and balsamic – heavenly combination. I could totally top my vanilla ice cream or yellow cake with it.

Sini | my blue&white kitchenMarch 3, 2014 - 1:09 pm

Balsamico and strawberries – such a great, classic combination. But the mind-blowing thing in your recipe is that you also roast the strawberries! I can’t wait for summer to come so I can make a batch of this and serve with simple vanilla ice cream. And good luck with your move – exciting times!

Jessica @ Jessiker BakesMarch 3, 2014 - 3:55 pm

This strawberry sauce sounds dreamy, and I love your photos!

I love the combination of strawberries and balsamic vinegar and roasting sounds like it makes the strawberries even more flavorful!

Jeff ParkerMarch 3, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Congrats on the new house, Brian… oh yeah, guess what’s about to happen to the 3 quarts of strawberries I just brought home from a job! Cheers

MissiMarch 4, 2014 - 10:25 am

B, I can make this!!! I dont’ know what I could put it on, but I will figure it out! I have a bunch of strawberries at home – I can’t wait to to try this! :)

Adrienne BurgoyneMarch 4, 2014 - 3:44 pm

I love the taste of balsamic strawberries. I can’t wait to make this sauce and put it on everything!

Barbara | Creative CulinaryMarch 4, 2014 - 4:05 pm

I know you’ve wanted a place for some time so truly congratulations are in order. Now since I just moved let me share a few tips with you or at least this one. If you have a toolbox or even just a hammer and some screwdrivers and nails; put them in your car now. Mine got packed and I have yet to find them mostly because the garage is just too cold still and nothing has been unpacked. I finally broke down and bought a cheap set so I could hang a few things but I just want my own toolbox in the worst way!

Beyond that? I got a box of the most fabulous strawberries last week. Yes, the speak Spanish but who cares; I wanted something, anything that would help me remember spring is on the way; this is a great way to use them too. Simple is good!

JoanneMarch 5, 2014 - 6:59 am

I’m SO excited for you and your move!! Having a place that you can really call home, that is yours, is definitely something special.

I think you went the right route with these strawberries. I am a sucker for a good balsamic bath, and it is especially perfect on top of intensely sweet strawberries!

Toni | Boulder LocavoreMarch 5, 2014 - 1:30 pm

What a delicious breath of spring this is Brian! Takes the edge of our continuing frigid winter temps. Congrats on the house. There is nothing better than feeling ‘home’ in your house but also in your community.

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Sylvie | Gourmande in the KitchenMarch 7, 2014 - 9:45 pm

I don’t pass up ice cream wither, especially when it’s covered in a lovely strawberry sauce like this one!

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Jenny @ BAKEMarch 8, 2014 - 9:20 am

I’ve only had strawberries and balsamic as part of a salad but I am in love with idea of having them as a dessert. Your photographs as always are absolutely stunning.

Nicole PodestaMarch 8, 2014 - 12:58 pm

What brand of ice cream is that? It looks perfectly creamy and amazing…and I’ve been craving ice cream basically all winter so it might be time to give in

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Los | The Man, The Chef, The DadMarch 9, 2014 - 10:19 am

First off, huge congrats on the new home! It’s an enormous sense of accomplishment to be handed those keys. I absolutely hate the process of moving with all my heart, but in the end it’s worth it. I hope you two enjoy it!

Secondly, amazing pictures! It’s my first time here and the recipe and the pictures just gave me a one-two punch. Great post, I have to try it.

Esther MedinaMarch 12, 2014 - 3:58 am

Yummy, I had no ice cream but I put it over some homemade plain yogurt… want more

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