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! | justalittlebitofbacon.com
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

Notes

  • I used a fine grind on my pepper mill which kept the pepper from being too obtrusive. I like the flavor of the pepper in the sauce, but I don't want to chew on it.
  • The exact amount of pepper will depend on your tastes and how spicy you like it.
  • Oh, and use freshly ground pepper! It makes a lot of difference.