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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fragole Pazzo (Crazy Strawberries!)

This is a very interesting fresh fruit dessert. The name, Pazzo, means "crazy" in Italian and this dessert is named so because of the "crazy" balsamic and sugar sauce you pour over the strawberries! My version has part vinegar part wine for a slightly milder taste. When I was a little girl in the 70's our family used to watch Happy Days together and there was a character on it named Potsie Weber which sounds exactly like another form of the word crazy "Pazzie" in Italian. My Neapoitan father used to say, "Why they name the poor boy Crazy, povera potsie?" To this day when I hear the word Pazzo I think of poor Potsie: )
Ingredients (serves 4)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Povera Potsie : )
1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons red wine
Sea salt, just a pinch!
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cups strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthwise
Optional for serving: 4 biscotti or amaretti
1/4 pound mascarpone cheese, beaten smooth with a fork or use whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream
In a bowl, whisk together sugar, wine, vinegar, and a  pinch of salt and pepper. Do this about 15 minutes before serving, add the strawberries and toss gently until they are well coated.
Serve as is or for an even fancier version...... 
Crush the biscotti and divide into 4 serving bowls
Top with the marinated strawberries, dividing them evenly.
 Put a dollop of mascarpone cheese on each serving and serve immediately!

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