Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style

I’m so excited to be involved in a Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Contest for so many reasons. First, if you follow this blog you know that especially at this time of year I love using fresh berries in recipes and strawberries are a favorite. Also, I’ve said this before too, I love a challenge. Nothing sends me to the kitchen faster than a house full of teens an ingredient challenge.


 Straw Shortcake, Nacho Style - Baking In A Tornado

I have to admit that when the invitation to this challenge first arrived in my email inbox I was crushed. It would take place while I had out of town guests staying with us for my son’s Memorial day weekend graduation extravaganza. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to participate in time but consoled myself with the fact that I’d create a recipe anyway, when life calmed down, even if it wasn’t entered in the contest but was just for you and I.

And then the great strawberry gods smiled down on me. I got another email stating that the deadline had been extended for a week. I was SO in!

As many of you know, part of what I love so much about the inspiration of a challenge is trying to think of a completely different angle from the other participants. So for my entry into the challenge, I came up with Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style. 

Full disclosure: this dessert was initially named Nacho Mother's Strawberry Shortcake, but my teens rolled their eyes so hard I was afraid they were going to stick to the back of their sockets. Guess they don't think bad puns are as fun as their mom does. Turns out, once I served this, I could have called it pretty much anything. They called it a major success.



 Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho style - Baking In A Tornado
Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style
 

The base for my dish is actually a quick homemade lemon shortbread cookie partially dipped in dark chocolate. This part of the recipe can be done ahead and stored in the fridge in an airtight container. 

The center, like a traditional strawberry shortcake, is fresh strawberries in their own juice. I also added some chopped fresh strawberries to the whipped cream, then drizzled the whole dish with a little more dark chocolate.

I put a platter of these onto the table in front of a group of teens and watched them disappear. I don’t know about you, but I’m calling that a win.

Baking In A Tornado

Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
2 cups flour
 
1# Strawberries
2 TBSP sugar
 
1 cup (plus ½ cup) dark chocolate chips
 
1 cup heavy cream
2 TBSP Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
 
Directions:
*Beat butter. Mix in powdered sugar until just incorporated, add the lemon extract and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour. Roll into a log, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
*Set 3 strawberries aside. Stem and slice the rest, sprinkle with sugar, mix and refrigerate.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Remove cookie dough from fridge and cut into ¼ inch slices. Place onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake for approximately 12 minutes, until they just start to brown.
*Remove from cookie sheet and allow cookies to cool completely. 
*Melt 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips in microwave until completely smooth when mixed. Dip one side of each cookie into the chocolate place on parchment paper in the fridge to set.
*Take the 3 strawberries that were set aside and chop them fairly finely.
*Beat heavy cream until it just starts to thicken. Beat in the sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Mix in the chopped strawberries.
*Melt the remaining dark chocolate chips until completely smooth when mixed.
*Arrange the cookies on a platter. Top with the sliced strawberries and their juice, then with the whipped cream. Drizzle the dark chocolate over the top. Serve immediately.

46 comments:

  1. One of the more unique recipes I've seen. Holey moley!

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    1. Unique is exactly what I was going for. Thanks, Carol.

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  2. Wow! I would agree! WINNER! Love the idea of the nacho style. And it has to taste great if it gets devoured by the teens! (and of course, that would be because you made it! :-))
    Thanks!! Judy

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  3. Oh that looks pretty amazing!!! I love strawberries too! My kids would go crazy for that!

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    1. Yes, it was a huge hit around here. Didn't last more than a few minutes.

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  4. I would call it a "Big" win...awesome recipe

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  5. This is brilliant. I have strawberries in the garden producing now, I am game for a Strawberry Nacho!

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    1. When you make it, be sure to take a pic and post it to my FB wall!

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  6. Oh my. If you don't win with this one I'm almost afraid to see the recipe that can beat it.

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    1. Well, I sure did win with this one at my house!

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  7. Stunning. Delicious. I need this in my belly! Pinned and shared <3!

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    1. If you need it in your belly, you better make it when no one's home because this went so fast I was lucky to get one bite.

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  8. Absolute genius, Karen! What a great dish to serve teens. To serve anyone!
    I. Am. In. Awe. You definitely won in your world. If you don't win the contest, there's no justice! :)

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    1. Thank you, this was a really fun contest, I loved being able to join in.

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  9. Wow! This looks delicious. I'm so impressed by your ability to come up with something so creative. I do not have this skill :) Good luck - you should definitely win!

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    1. Thanks, Lana. The house full of kids really thought I outdid myself this time!

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  10. You can guess that I love the Original name and am rooting for you to win!! Love Driscoll berries, I eat them everyday <3 Nettie

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    1. Thanks, I just had to give the original name a shout-out, rolled eyes or not!

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  11. Oh my! I have to wipe the drool of my screen first...okay, these look fabulous and such a fun idea! I can't wait to make this for my niece who is staying for the summer! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  12. I'd have said "slap yo'momma good" but they might have taken that literal :)
    Great job and since I have Driscoll berries in my fridge... I may have to do this.
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. HA, don't give my boys any ideas. And if you make this let me just say "you're welcome" in advance!

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    1. Thanks, Tamara, I was definitely going for an original twist on this classic dish.

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  14. OMG! SWEET MOTHER OF ALL THINGS SWEET AND DELICIOUS!

    I want to jump face first into that!

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    1. Well, you'll have to either make one or wait until I make another one 'cause this one disappeared in about 5 minutes!

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  15. So, so, so impressive!! And I don't know what those kids were thinking...I loved your first name for it, bad pun and all. But you're right, the name doesn't matter anyhow when you have a mouthwatering photo like that. Fist bump, Karen!

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    1. Yes, I liked that original name but the kids shamed me into changing it! Darn kids.

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  16. That looks yummy!!!! I'm not a huge fan of strawberries, but I'd totally eat that.

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    1. Well that IS high praise if it looks yummy to someone who doesn't love strawberries.

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  17. Yummy sounding and yummy looking! I'm salivating right now!

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    1. Thank you. If it looks yummy then I did a good job of representing it in the picture because it truly was delish.

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  18. I won't lie. I loved the first name. But, then and again, I'm a mom. Maybe it's our generation or something. Looks so good!

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    1. I'm actually thinking of calling them Strawberry Shortcake, Nacho Style aka Nacho Mother's Strawberry Shortcake. Too long?

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    2. It wouldn't be for me, but I'm rather wordy. Or, so my brothers and husband claim. :)

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    3. Me too. That's why I'm so bad at twitter.

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  19. Yum! This sounds delicious. I love fresh strawberries and this a great way to serve them.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn, it really was a fun dish to put together.

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  20. Looks really yummy!!! Nom, Nom, Nom........ Thanks for sharing! And congratulations on being featured on Blogher! That's always an awesome feeling :-))

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    1. Thank you. The feature was quite a pleasant surprise.

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  21. The lemon shortbread cookies sound yummy enough on their own, but then serve them nacho shortbread style ... oh MY! Pinning and definitely going to try this!

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    1. The cookies really were good on their own. Of course I HAD to try them to be sure before I put the dish together.

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  22. What a fun recipe, Karen and a super great title! Just goes to show! Can't wait to give them a try!

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    1. Thanks, Abbe. It really was fun to put together. And I loved the boys' reaction when they saw it.

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