Rinse the strawberries in cool water, place in a colander or strainer and shake off most of the water. Slice strawberries about 1/8-inch thick, place them in a large bowl, and sprinkle them with the sugar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to 4 hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss strawberries with the black pepper, add the balsamic vinegar, and put the strawberries and all of their juices into a large saute pan or a large ovenproof dish. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes, until the juices are bubbling and the strawberries are hot but not mushy. Divide among individual dishes and serve immediately, with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.
From "Salt and Pepper: 135 Perfectly Seasoned Recipes", by Michele Anna Jordan Broadway Books, 1999.