I am grateful when a very well know chef makes the simplest food. This light and spicy dessert, by pastry chef Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin, has only four ingredients. I discovered it a year ago in Food and Wine magazine.

Peppered Strawberries

1 Pint strawberries, cleaned, hulled and sliced.
3 Tablespoons granulated sugar (Maralyn substitutes stevia for sugar)
1 Teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and toss. Allow to stand at least 30 minutes.

I served this simple dessert with a sparkling rose from Italy, Rosa Regale… see a soon to come Sips for wine information.

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