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Strawberry-Chardonnay Gelee

June/July 2005

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This elegant dessert is the perfect make-ahead finale for a summer dinner party. The strawberries look like ruby-red jewels floating on the rosy wine gelée.


Strawberry-Chardonnay Gelee Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups thinly sliced hulled strawberries, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Chardonnay
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Preparation

  1. Set aside 3/4 cup sliced strawberries. Stir together the remaining berries and sugar in a medium bowl.
  2. Place Chardonnay in a microwave-safe cup and microwave on High until hot but not boiling, about 1 1/2 minutes. Pour over the strawberry-sugar mixture. Mash the berries with a potato masher to break them down and help release the juices. Let stand for 2 hours to infuse the wine with the berry juice.
  3. Transfer the mashed berries to a fine sieve set over a large measuring cup or bowl; press on the solids to extract any remaining juice. Add enough water to the berry juice to make 2 cups total.
  4. Stir together lemon juice and gelatin in a small heatproof cup or bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on High until the gelatin has completely dissolved but the liquid is not boiling, 20 to 30 seconds. (Alternatively, bring 1/2 inch water to a gentle simmer in a small skillet. Set the bowl with the gelatin mixture in the simmering water until the gelatin has dissolved completely.) Stir the mixture, then whisk into the berry juice.
  5. Set the gelée in the freezer. Stir every 5 minutes until thick but not completely set, 20 to 30 minutes total. Divide among four 8-ounce bowls or wineglasses. Top each gelée with an equal portion of the reserved strawberries. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely set, about 4 hours or overnight.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Per serving: 177 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 7 mg sodium; 216 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (108% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate



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Recipe Categories

Servings
4
Preparation/ Technique
Freeze
Microwave
Meal/Course
Dessert
Season
Spring
Summer
Type of Dish
Desserts, fruit
Ease of Preparation
Moderate
Ethnic/Regional
American
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Publication
June/July 2005

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