This week, we’re featuring the luscious, juicy, beautiful spring-summer fruit…the strawberry! And today’s recipe is Cold Strawberry Bisque! When I think of strawberries, I think of my Uncle John. He doesn’t have red hair, he doesn’t look like a strawberry (thank heavens), and I don’t know if he even likes strawberries that much. But he’s the reason I am IN LOVE with this tasty little berry.
John is pretty much the best, most generous, hard-working, talented guy on the planet. I’m pretty sure he could claim that award hands down. He’s a husband, father, professor, chemist, inventor, farmer, consultant…and I’m lucky enough to be his niece. Even though he lives in a different state…that’s right, a different STATE…he often shows up unannounced on our doorstep with boxes of potatoes, apples and onions, fresh off the farm.
When we built our home, we had a whole lot of bare soil all around, and it was overwhelming to try to decide what to plant. Well, of course, in steps my amazing uncle, with boxes and boxes of tiny strawberry plants. We went to work and ended up with a lovely green blanket of strawberry plants. A bonus…the beautiful little white flowers that cover the ground each spring! But the best part of this deal…incredibly sweet, juicy fresh strawberries all over our front yard! I’m telling ya…you haven’t tasted strawberries until you’ve plucked one straight off the stem in your own garden and plopped it right in your mouth. There is literally nothing sweeter, juicier or better than that! Heaven.
And so, Uncle John, this week’s for you. We’re featuring strawberries in a couple quirky, fresh recipes. Hopefully it’ll motivate you to stop by your local garden store, grab some strawberry plants, and get to work! I promise…next spring, you’ll be a very happy camper…or should I say farmer…indeed! Thank you, Uncle John. You truly are the best.
- 4 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, divided
- 1 1/2 cups half-and-half or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 4 Tbsp. honey
- 2-3 tbsp. fresh mint
- One lime
- pinch salt
- milk or extra half-and-half
- Wash and hull strawberries. Place 4 cups in blender.
- Add half-and-half, yogurt and honey to blender.
- Wash mint and pull leaves off stem. Add leaves to blender, along with salt.
- Blend until combined and fairly smooth.
- Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
- Before serving, stir in a tablespoon of fresh lime juice. Finely dice remaining strawberries and garnish bisque with them, as well as mint leaves and the zest of a lime, if desired.
- Add extra half-and-half or milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
- Serve cold.
**Note: This is a super-fast recipe to prepare, but it does need to be chilled for several hours before serving. It will thicken as it sits in the fridge. Add more milk or 1/2 and 1/2 to reach your desired consistency.