Fresh Strawberry Sauce with Black Pepper and Cabernet

Strawberry sauce with a twist! Fresh strawberries are simmered in wine and spiced with black pepper for an intense and complex flavor. Great on shortcake, cheesecake, ice cream, pancakes, waffles and more!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon


  • 1 cup Cabernet wine
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1 lb strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch kosher salt


  1. In a medium pot, bring the Cabernet, sugar, and 1/8 tsp of the pepper to a boil over medium high heat. Keep the syrup at a good boil and let it cook down for 5 minutes. Add the strawberries, bring the syrup back to a boil and then lower the heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes. Take the syrup off the heat, add the balsamic and a pinch of salt. Taste the syrup and add up to another 1/8 tsp of black pepper.

  2. Serve warm or room temperature over ice cream, pancakes, angel food cake, cheesecake, and more.

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