Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

There are a lot of things I don’t understand about the world and life.  I don’t understand why cake and pie, sugar and butter can’t be healthy instead of spinach and carrots, quinoa and oatmeal.  Don’t get me wrong, I really love healthy foods, but sometimes I just want a giant piece of cake without guilt.  Wouldn’t the world be a better place and everyone be happier if instead of getting five servings of vegetables a day, we had to worry about getting five servings of pie?  Just imagine saying “I have to get my daily dose of Lemon Meringue Pie today.”

I don’t understand why celebrities get tons of free stuff, yet can afford to buy it for themselves, and we, the regular people, can’t afford it, yet would never be given all that free stuff.  I know celebrities are never allowed to keep the very fancy, very expensive jewelry they wear, but they often speak of keeping clothes and shoes and being given all kinds of free swag.  What I wouldn’t do for a free Marchesa ball gown.  I guess I’ll have to wait until I’m a famous screenwriter and novelist.

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

I don’t understand why we haven’t cured more diseases.  The polio vaccine has been around a very long time, along with the one for measles and a multitude of others.  With all the fancy colleges and crazy smart scientists in this country and across the world, I thought by now we wouldn’t have to worry about Alzheimer’s and cancer would be like getting strep throat – just take a little medicine and it will go away.  Maybe this illness free world will come along with the flying cars we’re all waiting for.

I don’t understand why there are so many mean people in the world.  Driving on the road, shopping in the grocery store, browsing the mall, I am constantly shocked at the number of rude people.  The drivers who cut you off, the people who are in a huff about waiting in line at the butcher counter, the people who walk around simply angry at the world.  I think days go better, life goes better when we’re all a little nicer.  And don’t even get me started on the meanness that goes on online.  It’s pretty insane.

And I still don’t understand why these beautiful, ruby red strawberries I bought at a local farm were tart and nearly inedible.  But I couldn’t bear to throw them away, so I roasted them.  Roasted Strawberries are super yummy and versatile.  I sweetened them up and added some balsamic vinegar for depth of flavor.  The end result is sweet, complex, soft berries with intense strawberry flavor.  The juice is my favorite part – it tastes like strawberry candy.  These are great as is, stirred into oatmeal, poured over ice cream, or in a recipe I’ll be sharing soon.  Plus, add some frozen bananas to a blender or food processor with these and a little almond milk and you’ll have the best smoothie ever!  So take some summer strawberries and roast them!

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

 Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Varies


6 cups strawberries, washed, and hulled

½ cup packed light brown sugar

2-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment.

In a large bowl stir together strawberries, sugar, and vinegar until fully combined. Spread into an even layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through, until juices have thickened and berries have shrunk slightly. Cool completely on tray before storing in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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  1. YUM! What a great idea. I would have never imagined to put these ingredients together. This would be the perfect substitution for pie 🙂

  2. Roast strawberries are the best! So delsih. Try roasting sometime without the sugar, and use in a salad with goat cheese – and dribble the balsamic over them. A nice change of pace. Good stuff – thanks.

    • I would have done these without sugar, but they were so tart, they would have been inedible. I’ve roasted apples and peaches with just a little balsamic or even plain and they are amazing!

  3. I don’t understand a lot of things either, and I also hate when you see gorgeous strawberries and they are tart! ugh! I usually cover em in chocolate at that point but I like your idea too!

  4. You’re right, Laura the world is filled with conundrums. But how wonderful people like you are alive to turn tart berries into a beautiful treat!

  5. I know they say when life gives you lemons, to make lemonade but I think you raised the bar! ……………. yummy balsamic strawberries from bitter strawberries, I like that! These look fabulous!

  6. I don’t understand ANY of those things either. Celebrities are given everything, even though they can afford it! So dumb!

    These strawberries look incredible. I would probably drink that strawberry candy-like juice 🙂

  7. I love roasted strawberries, looks wonderful. The balsamic must give an exceptional touch.
    With ice cream should really be the perfect summer dessert.

  8. I recently got some VERY subpar cherries and was sort of wondering the same thing…how could something so cute be so BLAH. But maybe I’ll just have to roast them!

  9. Gorgeous! These look delicious 🙂

  10. I haven’t tried roasting strawberries yet but I have made strawberry bruschetta before. The strawberries are combined with balsamic vinegar and sugar, and it is so tasty. I can only imagine how good your recipe must be. I’ll have to try it soon!

  11. This is new to me!! It sounds super yummy, would love to give this a try.

  12. What a great way to make use of these strawberries… & a perfect ice cream topping! I once bought a bag of plums that were horrifically sour. But I made the most delicious plum pie! 😛

  13. I have also wondered why it is sugar tastes soooooo good yet is totally bad for us. Really not fair 🙁 These strawberries look delightful though. The perfect combination of naughty and nice!

  14. In the middle of so many hard to understand situations, I think roasted strawberries are even better than fresh ones. I´ve yet to try them with balsamic, and thanks for the recipe!

    • I totally agree that roasted strawberries are better than raw ones. Balsamic makes them amazing – you must try it, Paula!


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