WRAL reporter Brian Shrader and our own Lisa Prince feature seasonal recipes in their weekly Local Dish Cooking segment. Below, Brian and Lisa feature recipes that include our state’s official red berry as the main ingredient.
North Carolina is the fourth-largest producer of strawberries in the nation and the crop generated more than $23 million in farm income in 2015. More information about the strawberry industry is available at www.ncstrawberry.com.
Lisa’s sister, Michele, came up with this fun little one-bite dessert. You can also use the cream filling as a dip for other fruits.
- 2 pounds strawberries
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1⁄4 cup confectioners sugar
- 1⁄8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄8 teaspoon lemon extract
- Zest of 1 lemon, divided
- Cocoa powder for dusting the strawberries
Choose the largest strawberries first. Wash and cap the strawberries. Cut off the tip of the berry so it will sit flat. With a melon baller, scoop out the center of the strawberry, leaving the outer edge intact. Turn berries upside down to drain on a paper towel while making the filling. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, both extracts and ½ the lemon zest. Place in a piping bag and fill the strawberries. Dust strawberries with cocoa power and top with remaining lemon zest.
The following fruit salad recipe can be modified depending on what’s in season. Lisa suggests adding blueberries, raspberries, apples or pears.
- 4 cups Romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
- 1 cup honeydew, cubed
- 1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
- 1 cup strawberries, halved
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon poppy seed
Combine salad ingredients, toss to mix. In a blender or food processor, combine orange juice, vinegar, onions, sugar and salt. Cover and blend well. With the blender or food processor running, slowly add oil, blending until thick and smooth. Add poppy seed. Blend a few seconds to mix. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.