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Strawberry Beaujolais

No recipe image available.Spoon this elegant caramelized, spiced strawberry sauce over desserts, fruits or meats.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 /2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
4 black peppercorns, cracked
2 whole cloves

1 (750ml) bottle Beaujolais wine
2 pint baskets California strawberries, stemmed and sliced

Cooking Directions:

  1. To Make Caramel: In heavy 2 to 3-quart stainless steel saucepan mix all ingredients except wine and strawberries. Place over medium-high heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Then cook without stirring until mixture is a medium amber color. Be careful not to burn. (Once mixture begins to color, it will darken quickly.)
  2. Remove from heat and immediately pour in wine. Be careful, as mixture will boil up and spatter. Return saucepan to medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramel is dissolved. Then continue to cook until volume of mixture is reduced by one-third. (You should have about 2 cups.)
  3. Divide mixture between 2 large skillets; bring to boil. Add half the strawberries to each. Cook over medium heat until syrup is thickened and strawberries are transparent, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool.

Makes about 2 cups sauce.

Recipe provided courtesy California Strawberry Commission. ©2003 California Strawberry Commission. All rights reserved. Used with permission.