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Strawberries in Red Wine with Vanilla Bean

Strawberries in Red Wine with Vanilla Bean

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 6 Serves 6.
Sweet and juicy on their own, fresh strawberries take on another flavor dimension in this simple yet elegant French dessert. The vanilla bean can be omitted, if desired.


  • 2 pints (1 lb.) small or medium strawberries
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups dry red wine, such as Merlot or Zinfandel
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise


Hull the strawberries. Then, if any have a white core, cut it away with the tip of a sharp knife. Slice some of the larger berries in half but leave most of the berries whole.

Combine all the berries in a nonaluminum bowl, sprinkle with the sugar, to taste, and add the wine and vanilla bean. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

Spoon into 6 glass bowls, sprinkle lightly with sugar, if desired, and serve cold.
Serves 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Casual Outdoor Dining, by Georgeanne Brennan (Time-Life Books, 1998).