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Cognac Marinated Mint Strawberries

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 18, 2010

Cognac Marinated Mint Strawberries
Secret Ingredient Series: Mint #1
The first in a series of three recipes featuring a common key ingredient. For our inaugural series we will be focusing on an oft overlooked herb: Mint. Normally, I am not a huge fan of the pungent herb because it is used too heavily in recipes. Personally, I like a hint of mint. If used correctly, though, it can really add the perfect subtle flavor to a dish!

INGREDIENTS

6-8 Ounces Fresh Strawberries, sliced
1 Teaspoon Fresh Mint, minced
1/4 Small Lemon
1.5 Ounces Cognac

RECIPE

Rinse and drain strawberries. Remove stems and slice lengthwise about 1/4″ thick. Place into bowl.
Cut Strawberries

Sprinkle minced mint over berries. Squeeze juice from lemon over berries (be sure to remove seeds first or squeeze juice through a strainer). Pour cognac over berries. With a spoon mix gently, but well.
NOTE: I don’t want to sound like a “Lemon Snob”, but there really is only one type of lemon to use for this, or any, recipe: a Meyer Lemon. Their sweet, tangy flavor adds so much more to any recipe calling for the yellow citrus fruit.
Adding Ingredients

Again, not wanting to sound like a snob – this time a “Cognac Snob” – but, Delamain is the be-all, end-all brandy. It is an amazingly complex yet pleasing nectar, whether you are sipping it or cooking with it. And, yes, quality ingredients really do make a huge difference.
Delamain Cognac

Once thoroughly mixed, cover bowl and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Cognac Marinated Mint Strawberries

These are great solo; with ice cream; or, as pictured below, with your favorite piece of cake. Here they are paired with a Cheese Filled Crumb Coffee Cake. Yummmmmmmm!
Cognac Marinated Mint Strawberries with Cheese Crumb Coffee Cake

Prep Time = 10 Minutes
Marinate Time = 1 to 2 Hours
Serves 4

ยฉ2010 Caution: Caveman Cooking/UHearMe, Inc. All rights reserved. This recipe originally appeared on the Caution: Caveman Cooking blog at http://cavemancooking.net authored by Caveman. This recipe may be shared and reprinted as long as this entire copyright message accompanies it.

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12 Responses to “Cognac Marinated Mint Strawberries”

  1. Drick said

    mint + bourbon = enough said … it’s the southern in me talking – bet it almost as good with strawberries

  2. Cristina said

    The sweet strawberries with the mint sounds refreshing. I agree with you about Meyers Lemons (the best!). I like this recipe…need some good recipes and ideas for the mint I’m growing. =)

    • Funny you say that, Cristina. We just discovered all this wild mint growing in the backyard of our new Cave. Which is what inspired this series … hope you like the rest of the recipes.

  3. Claudia said

    Mint is in my yard, strawberry season is almost here and it’s always cognac season. Delicious!

  4. Would home made cognac work ๐Ÿ˜› My dad makes cognac every now and then and there is a bottle maturing somewhere.
    I agree about the mint, it can be overwhelming, I usually prefer the dried version.

  5. Chris said

    Another great use for the amazingly prolific mint crop growing in our front yard;)

  6. Mmmm! Those berries look devine, pass the plate please!

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