The strawberries can be tossed with sugar and wine up to 10 minutes ahead; leave them out at room temperature to macerate.
Serve in small bowls, with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
- 2 pints strawberries
- 2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
- 3 cups chianti
Lay out a clean dish towel on the counter. Fill a large bowl with cold water. Add the strawberries and use your hands to lightly toss them in the water. Drain and transfer to the towel, gently patting them dry. Remove the stems and pith in the center of the berries; slice them, if desired. Place the berries in the (empty) bowl and toss with the sugar and Chianti; let the berries macerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.
From chef Esther Lee at Obelisk restaurant.
Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.
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