Vanilla Crusted Strawberries
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- 1/3 cup egg whites (from about 2 eggs)*
- 5 drops (scant 1/8 teaspoon) lemon juice
- About 30 ripe, firm strawberries with nice green tops
At least 1 day or up to 1 month in advance, make the vanilla sugar: Put the vanilla bean in a jar and pour the superfine sugar over it. Cover tightly and let set at room temperature overnight or for up to a month to infuse vanilla flavor into the sugar.
When ready to make the strawberries, place the vanilla sugar in a bowl. Whisk the egg whites with the lemon juice in another bowl until frothy. Holding the berries by their green tops, dip them in the egg whites 1 at a time, just up to their shoulders. Let the excess egg white drip off. Roll in the vanilla sugar to coat evenly and transfer to a cookie sheet, resting the berries point side up. Let set at room temperature until dry to the touch and serve the same day.
Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.
Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand