The combination of strawberries and champagne is classic. I decided to incorporate that combo into a whipped cream; instead of champagne, I used a sparkling Italian wine varietal called Prosecco... feel free to use whichever you prefer.
(Note - After making this dish for photos, I thought of a slight variation to call this a Frozen Strawberry Icebox Pie if you: 1. Use the whole pie crust and make a whole pie. 2. Triple the amount of strawberry puree and omit the step to strain it. 3. Freeze it!)
STRAWBERRIES N' CREAM BITES
Pie crust (store-bought or from-scratch)
Sugar for sprinkling
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
3-4 tablespoons sugar
2 cups sliced strawberries
3-4 tablespoons Prosecco, or other sparkling wine
Roll out the pie crust and sprinkle lightly with sugar. Gently press the sugar into the crust with your fingers. With a round cookie cutter, cut out circles of crust and press into a mini muffin tin. Bake the shells at 425 degrees for 8-15 minutes, or until golden brown. When the shells are done, take them out of the muffin tin and put on wire racks to cool completely.
Wash your strawberries, cut off the tops, and cut them in half. Puree in a food processor or blender with just a bit of water. Press the mixture through a sieve into a small bowl; discard the solids. Put the
heavy cream into a large bowl and beat on high speed with a mixer until it starts to form soft peaks.
Stop the mixer, and add the strawberry puree, sugar, and Prosecco. Beat the cream on high speed until all ingredients are incorporated and the whipped cream is the consistency you like.
Spoon the whipped cream into the mini pie shells and enjoy!
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg