Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries: tutorial

For the party immediately following Matt and Kelly's engagement, one of the first menu items that I decided on was cheesecake stuffed strawberries.  When I think of cheesecake, I think of the two of them.  The only problem with making a cheesecake is that I was hoping that all of my appetizers would be fairly finger-food friendly, and well, cheesecake isn't.

I was perusing Pinterest, and came across a recipe for cheesecake stuffed strawberries and I thought - PERFECT.  Problem solved.

I used the recipe on Iowa Girl Eats as an inspiration, and used it almost exactly (I only used 2 sheets of graham crackers, and had some left over).

Ingredients 

- 2 pounds strawberries (there's about 24 strawberries in each 2-pound container, so you can increase or decrease the recipe depending upon how many strawberries you have... for a party of 20 people, I did four pounds of strawberries, but we had so many other sweets that I ended up with a lot left over).
- 8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 full sheets graham crackers, crushed


Instructions
- Wash the strawberries well, and pat dry with a towel.


- Cut the tops off the strawberries, and cut out the white insides.  (If you want a lot of cheesecake in each bite, hollow more of the insides... if you want less cheesecake, leave more of the insides).


- Combine softened cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a bowl, and mix by hand.  You want the ingredients to be very well mixed.


- Scoop the combined batter in to a ziploc bag and cut the corner of the bag (making something point-y that you can use to inject the batter into the strawberry).


- Using this method, put the batter in to each strawberry.  Fill each strawberry completely.

- Crush the graham crackers, and put them in to a bowl.  Then dip the top of each stuffed strawberry in to the graham cracker crumbs, covering the top of the strawberry.


- Refrigerate until shortly before serving.  Note: I forgot to take a picture of the final project, but you can kind of see the strawberries on the middle shelf on the left hand side:



I made several batches of these as testers before the party,  and found that you can easily make the cream cheese / sugar / vanilla mixture the night before.  Similarly, you could crush the graham crackers and cut the strawberries in advance, and simply assemble the day that you want to serve.

2 comments:

  1. I LOVED these strawberries! Pretty AND delicious!

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  2. I loved them too! They were a huge hit with me! Pretty, delicious and so thoughtful of you! I like your step-by-step picture tutorial. I want to try making these for my next party!

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