Strawberries Stuffed with Basil Whipped Cream

by Rachel Gurk on May 3, 2012 · 56 comments

in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts

I know Thursdays are usually book review days, but let’s be honest, you all aren’t that crazy about those. I’ll still do them occasionally because I think they are a good resource to some people…but this is far more important.

Something I am crazy about is these strawberries. It isn’t the first time that I have paired strawberries and basil, and it certainly won’t be the last time! I’m already brainstorming ways to hook these two up again. It is a match made in heaven! These strawberries are fancy enough for a dinner party but easy enough to pop one in your mouth on a hot day when you’re craving something refreshing.

Strawberry stuffed with basil whipped cream photo

On the same/different note–I am so happy that strawberries are starting to be in season! What fruits are you most excited to get your hands on?

strawberries photo

Strawberries Stuffed with Basil Whipped Cream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 1.5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped basil
  • 20-25 medium to large strawberries (depending on size and how full you fill them)

Instructions

  1. Put large mixing bowl and whisk/wire beaters of electric or stand mixer in fridge or freezer to chill.
  2. Wash and dry strawberries. Cut off the tops of the strawberries and carefully hollow out a little of the inside using a paring knife. Also cut a tiny bit of the bottom off to create a flat surface.
  3. Whip cream using electric mixer (and chilled bowl/whisk) until it starts to stiffen. Add sugar and continue to beat on high-speed until stiff peaks form. Fold in basil very gently just until combined.
  4. Best enjoyed the same day they are made.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2012/05/03/strawberries-stuffed-with-basil-whipped-cream/

 

 

strawberry stuffed with basil whipped cream image

Verdict: Loved these! I could eat way, way too many.
Husband’s take: He liked them, although I am sure he would prefer them without the basil. He’s a total traditionalist.
E’s take: Devoured them. She had whipped cream all over her face, it was adorable.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Easy!

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama May 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

Yep I need to make these. I have some cream, berries, and basil in the fridge right now… my snack later today!

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2 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

It’s meant to be!

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3 Blog is the New Black May 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

LOVE this idea- so cute!

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4 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Thanks!

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5 Kathryn May 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

It’s such a good combination of flavours – strawberry and black pepper is another one that really works too (although your husband may not approve…). Love how cute these are!

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6 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Who cares if he approves, that sounds like something I have to try!

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7 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

What a fabulous quick treat! Yum!

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8 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Thanks! The quick aspect is the best :)

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9 Julie @ Table for Two May 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

what a great and easy snack to whip up (you see what I did there?! hahaha) and it’s healthy too!

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10 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

HAHA! Tricky tricky! :)

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11 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

PS: Heavy whipping cream is healthy? Okay!

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12 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen May 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

The perfect little snack! Strawberries are my favorite, but this is almost too pretty to eat!

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13 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

NOTHING is too pretty to eat

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14 Nutmeg Nanny May 3, 2012 at 10:17 am

Woot woot you know how I love me some stuffed strawberries :)

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15 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Me too! Your stuffed strawberries are practically famous! ;)

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16 Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls May 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

Rachel these look so good! I love basil and strawberries and whipped cream … the three together sound perfectly heavenly. And your photos are spectacular.

I pinned this to the BEST food blogger recipes Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/bachelorsgrill/best-food-blogger-recipes/

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17 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Thanks for the pin! :)

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18 Feast on the Cheap May 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

I just love that you added basil to the mix! Now that I have a little basil plant growing happily in my window, I plan on taking full advantage of it..

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19 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Lucky you! I have a black thumb :(

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20 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray May 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

Mmmmmm, I love this combo! For some reason I’m trying to figure out a way to work balsamic vinegar into the mix, but I don’t wanna go too crazy. ;)

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21 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Do it!!!

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22 amanda @ fake ginger May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

Mmm, I can’t get enough of strawberry and basil together! And for the record, I was enjoying your book reviews – I’m just ridiculously behind in my blog reading/commenting. :(

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23 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Thanks! The truth might be that I just don’t have my act together and didn’t have a book review ready ;) I’m so behind too.

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24 nicole @ I am a Honey Bee May 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I love stuffed strawberries!!!

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25 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

What’s not to love? :)

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26 Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife May 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I never would have thought to pair those that way but it looks and sounds delicious!

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27 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Try it and you’ll be hooked on the combo, I swear!

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28 Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) May 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

What a great idea! Maybe to be even more rebellious you could make a balsamic reduction to drizzle over the top. Basil + Strawberries + balsamic is fantaaaaaastic!

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29 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm

That would be amazing!

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30 Windy May 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

These sound divine. Hmmm, and I could pair them with one of the yummy strawberry basil cocktails I’ve seen on pinterest. Even more of a good thing, it would be a lovely strawberry basil party! :)

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31 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Strawberry basil cocktails? YUM!

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32 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I love the idea of stuffed strawberries and you made them look so pretty! Besides strawberries, the fruit I most look forward to being in season are cherries!!

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33 Rachel May 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Good one! I looooove cherries!

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34 Tracey May 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Oh yum! Your strawberries are gorgeous! I have to confess I’ve never tried strawberries and basil, but I’m intrigued. Hooray for strawberry season :)

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35 katie May 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

This looks divine friend!

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36 Jamie May 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Beautiful! I am so glad that strawberries and all the other good stuff is coming back into season. I can’t wait for farmer’s markets!

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37 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I actually have everything on hand, even the basil (I just got a fresh basil plant).

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38 Baking Serendipity May 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

Genius! I am all over lighter sweets now that summer is approaching and this might be my new favorite!

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39 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

Genius! And I love this flavor combo. Such pretty pics too :)

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40 Jennifer | Mother Thyme May 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

Love this combination! These look so good! And the perfect little treat to serve to guests if hosting a gathering. Love this idea! :)

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41 Julia May 4, 2012 at 7:51 am

I can’t WAIT for cherries and watermelon!!!!!! Somehow we have great strawberries most of the year form this local farm… not sure how, but we do, but cherries and watermelon are hit or miss. Oh gosh, now I am literally salivating for fruit, with whipped cream, and basil. YUM! I bet my little Wave would love these too!

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42 Suzi May 4, 2012 at 8:26 am

Oh my goodness how cute are these. I love that top photo with the berry standing up. I am going to have to make these, they make such a beautiful presentation.

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43 Living The Sweet Life May 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

I’ve clearly been living under a rock – - I’ve never tried strawberries and basil together!! I need to change that as soon as possible … these are fancypants, but still simple enough to eat when the craving strikes ~ love it!!

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44 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

What a great idea! I am totally seeing a twist on strawberry shortcake in your future!

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45 the wicked noodle May 4, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Oh yes, you are correct!! These strawberries ARE far more important! Love them!

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46 Ali @ Gimme Some Oven May 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I love strawberries and basil!!! Such a great idea…and so beautiful! :)

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47 Rachel May 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thank you! :)

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48 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

Rache, that is super duper CUTE and delicious! Great idea. :)

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49 Justin May 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I am amazed by your strawberry balancing abilities!

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50 Rachel May 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

Hehe, I actually cut off a bit of the bottom so it was flat…I cheated a bit.

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51 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 8, 2012 at 1:09 am

These are totally my kinda thing! I made a strawberry basil milkshake a few weeks ago that I was in love with. The combination of the two is just so perfectly summer :)

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52 Jessica Miller May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Mmmm.Wonder if you could do this with chocolate covered strawberries?

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53 Rachel May 9, 2012 at 7:53 am

I don’t see why not! I bet it would be yummy.

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54 brandi May 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

um…yes please! these sound so light and refreshing!

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55 Pille @ Nami-Nami May 21, 2012 at 3:02 am

I’m not so excited about the idea of hulling and stuffing strawberries (I like smaller ones for their concentrated flavour anyway), but we often serve strawberries with whipped cream and I’m definitely going to throw in some basil to the whipped cream next time. The strawberry season will start here in a few weeks, so thank you for the neat idea just before the season begins!
I also love pairing strawberries with mint – always throw some mint into the Eton Mess: http://nami-nami.blogspot.com/2008/07/you-cannot-go-wrong-with-eton-mess.html

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56 Rachel May 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I think that is a great idea! The easier the better. These just look so pretty :)

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