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Mix things up when enjoying strawberry season

Berry season is here! You can’t go wrong with something like a strawberry pie – it’s a really yummy treat –but saving some berries for a savoury dish can bring you to the dark side.
One of our favourite combinations is basil, strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Throw in some brie cheese and it’s heaven! This recipe for Strawberries and Brie with Basil is a great idea for entertaining.
You will need a natural cedar plank soaked in water overnight –lightly dry it before use. This board can be used a few times and is a lovely serving platter as well. And the smell will get them talking.
Combine it all with some delicious flatbread and you’re all set.
Better still, you can fire up the barbecue for this one, enjoying some outdoor time in the backyard, perhaps.

Strawberries and Brie with Basil

  • 1/4 pint washed and sliced strawberries
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1Tbsp. balsamic
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Cracked pepper
  • 1 wheel of brie cheese
  • 1 soaked cedar board

Slice berries and put into a bowl, toss in balsamic, olive oil and cracked pepper.
Heat up the BBQ to medium. Once warm, turn the burners off one side of the grill. Place the cedar plank on the side with the burners off.
Score the brie about a 1/2” down in an x form. Add the brie to the top of the plank.
Mix the basil into the strawberries. Place the strawberry mix on top of the brie. Shut the grill top and allow the cedar to permeate. The brie will get soft removed from the heat before it gets hot.
Serve with crackers, baguette or flatbread.

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