Aug 1
2009

Recipe for Grilled Strawberries with Gingersnap Meringue

Grilled Strawberries with Gingersnap Meringue Recipe

I almost lost them. “Mum, what exactly do you mean by grilled strawberries?” It sounded a little questionable to me at first, too, when my friend told me that we would be making grilled strawberry salsa to accompany the marinated grilled tenderloin we were making at our monthly cooking group get-together. And then I tasted it. Well, tie me up and call me Shirley. It was fabulous! After my grilled strawberry awakening and a little inspiration from Gourmet Magazine’s peaches and meringue dessert, I came up with this little number. According to my family, it’s a keeper! My kids literally licked the martini glasses, something I don’t typically encourage at happy hour.
Preheat a grill to high heat. 

Wash and hull about 15 medium to large strawberries. I know, I know – “medium to large” is a little subjective. I forgot to measure the strawberries once I sliced them, so that’s as good as it gets.


Lightly brush the grill with canola oil and place the strawberries directly onto the grill. Stay with me. It’s going to get good!

Grill the strawberries until they are slightly soft, turning occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. 

Cool, huh?
Thinly slice the strawberries and divide them among 4 martini glasses or 4 ramekins. More on this later. Divide 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar amongst the 4 portions of strawberries and gently stir. Now, if I had been paying attention, I would have mixed the sugar with the strawberries in a separate bowl before scooping the strawberries into the glasses.
I almost didn’t include this fine, fine photo. Why? Did you not see the huge reflection of my camera and me in the spoon? Again, wasn’t paying attention.
In a large bowl, add a pinch of salt to two egg whites and beat on medium-high speed until the egg whites are frothy. 


While beating the eggs, gradually add 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar.


Beat until the egg whites hold stiff peaks.


Look at those little guys stand at attention. Yes sir, Captain, sir! I digress.

And now…la pièce de résistance. Crushed ginger snap cookies. The hard ones that you buy at the grocery store. Just put a few of them into a ziploc bag and smash them with a meat mallet or a saucepan. Gently fold 1/4 cup of the crushed cookies into the meringue. You won’t be sorry. Top the strawberries with the meringue.


Are you ready for this part? Do you think you can handle it? I introduce….the kitchen torch! How do I love this gadget? Let me count the ways. It’s fun to make smores with this torch when there’s no campfire in sight, it makes a lovely crust on top of a creme brulee, and it does wonders to the top of a meringue. It’s amazing that I have any eyelashes left.


See the little feet on the right side of the photo? I have the undivided attention of my 5-year-old who is not known to give his attention to just anyone or anything.

If you don’t have a kitchen torch, fear not. Simply put the strawberries and meringue into four ramekins and place them under the broiler for 30 seconds. Turn off the broiler and leave them in the oven for another 30 seconds to 1 minutes (be sure to watch them), until the tips of the meringue are browned.

Serve immediately.

Other grilled fruit recipes:
Bitchin’ Camero’s Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Grilled Strawberries with Ginger Snap Meringue
15 medium to large strawberries, washed and hulled
Canola oil for the grill
6 tbsp plus 2 tsp granulated sugar, divided
2 egg whites
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup crushed ginger snap cookies
Preheat a grill to high heat. Lightly brush the grill with canola oil and place the strawberries directly onto the grill. Grill the strawberries until they are slightly soft, turning occasionally, about 3-5 minutes. Thinly slice the strawberries, place them in a medium-sized bowl and gently mix them 2 tsp granulated sugar. Divide the strawberries among 4 martini glasses or 4 ramekins.
In a large bowl, add a pinch of salt to two egg whites and beat on medium-high speed until the egg whites are frothy. While continuing to beat the eggs, gradually add 6 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Beat until the egg whites hold stiff peaks. Gently fold the crushed gingersnap cookies into the meringue. Top the strawberries with the meringue. If using martini glasses, use a kitchen torch to lightly brown the meringue. If using ramekins, place them under the broiler for 30 seconds. Turn off the broiler and leave them in the oven for another 30 seconds to 1 minutes (be sure to watch them), until the tips of the meringue are browned.
Serve immediately.
Serves 4.
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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Judy August 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Oh boy! That looks absolutely fabulous. Definitely a winner!

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2 Miranda August 1, 2009 at 1:18 pm

WOW!!! CC!! This is one of the best desserts I have seen. I love meringue and this looks absolutely stunning.

Question:

I leave for a family vaca with my girls on the 14th of August. Do you think you could guest blog? I would love to have you!

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3 Cookin' Canuck August 1, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Thanks so much, Judy and Miranda.

Miranda, I would love to guest blog. I'm honored that you asked me. I sent you a message on FoodBuzz.

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4 Kriskishere August 1, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Yum! I never thought of throwing strawberries on the grill!

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5 s. stockwell August 1, 2009 at 3:48 pm

We love this. Another big hit! Good one…keep them coming! Best from Montecito, California, S

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6 HannahBanana aka Amanda August 1, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Gorgeous! Super unique! Never had grilled strawberries before, and the meringue sounds flat out amazing!

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7 CheapAppetite August 1, 2009 at 4:58 pm

What a great idea cookin canuck. I never thought to grill strawberry. But it sounds delicious. Do you serve this chilled or at room temperature?

Cheers,
Tana

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8 Claudia August 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm

This is summery-beautiful! And original. Love it.

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9 Cookin' Canuck August 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I'm glad everyone is enjoying this recipe.

Tana, I served this room temperature, which gives the meringue a better texture, in my opinion.

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10 Jenn August 1, 2009 at 5:39 pm

This looks fantastic. This is a great dessert to end a meal. I must try this!!!

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11 Chef Fresco August 1, 2009 at 11:19 pm

I just saw a dessert the other day made with a kitchen torch. I want one! I also want to try these grilled strawberries!

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12 My Little Space August 2, 2009 at 7:34 am

Hi Canuck, this is so lovely! I would love to try it too!

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13 pigpigscorner August 2, 2009 at 8:51 am

Grilled strawberries! WOw, never tried that before, sounds and looks delicious!

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14 Family Cuisine Food And Recipe August 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Cool indeed ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

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15 Alta August 2, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Wow! I do love your writing on this post, fun! Of course, the tasty recipe adds to my level of interest. This looks good! I need to get me a kitchen torch. Fire is always fun!

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16 Jessie August 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

what a beautiful delectable dessert! I love strawberries and that meringue topping looks fantastic

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17 Lyndsey August 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

I'm so impressed! On the foodbuzz top 9 again! Congrats, you deserve it! This looks amazing!

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18 Kevin August 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Grilled strawberries sound good and that dessert looks great!

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19 Butterfly August 3, 2009 at 9:25 pm

All I can say is OMG….just great & very original.I love it!!!

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20 Baking Momma August 4, 2009 at 4:05 am

That looks delicious. I say watch out. Any women with a powerful tool is one to watch! 8)

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21 mathildescuisine August 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Wow, I have never thought of grilling strawberries, what a very good idea!

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22 Chef Shari August 4, 2009 at 3:42 pm

these look incrediable, never thought of grilling strawberries! Guess now I will need a kitchen torch:-)

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23 Ria August 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

They look amazing!!!!!

Ria

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24 Diana Bauman August 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Oh my wow!! This looks so amazing and fun! I want a kitchen torch!!

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25 Mixing Bowl Mama August 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Wow…this looks fantastic! What a wonderful idea and the photos are great!

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26 MrsLavendula August 6, 2009 at 2:48 am

wow what a beautiful treat!

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27 bonvivant August 7, 2009 at 5:27 am

What a classy interpretation of strawberries and cream :)

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28 YD, sometimes with Samantha & June August 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Hello, I came over from your profile at Tasty Kitchen. Your blog looks so delicious! Grilled strawberries, that's interesting!

YD

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29 YD, sometimes with Samantha & June August 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Hello, I came over from your profile at Tasty Kitchen. Your blog looks so delicious! Grilled strawberries, that's interesting!

YD

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30 Cookin' Canuck August 8, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Thanks again to all of you for your flattering comments. Don't hesitate to try this even if you don't have a kitchen torch. The broiler will work just as well.

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31 Maggy April 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Dara, you do it every time. This looks incredible. I think this will become a spring/summer staple. Really impressive for company, but looks easy!

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32 Michelle April 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

OH my goodness! Never thought to grill strawberries before!

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33 Tracy April 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Wow, what a fun dessert! I love grilling pineapple but I've never thought to try strawberries!

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34 Chris April 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I grill all kinds of fruit…but never even thought of strawberries! Brilliant! Would enjoy some of this right now. :)

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35 pegasuslegend April 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

This is genious, not that its surprises me a light and beautiful entrance for Spring!

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36 bunkycooks April 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm

What a beautiful dessert! This truly is perfect for entertaining!

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37 Divina Pe April 10, 2010 at 3:31 am

Grilled strawberries. How come I never thought of that before? Strawberry season are almost over here. This is really a fun and exciting dessert.

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