Strawberry Basil Jam

August 30, 2012 § 11 Comments

I was supposed to share a waffle recipe with you today BUT this morning I went to upload the photos and none uploaded.  Then I pressed review on my camera and all of my waffle pictures were gone.  Just.like.that. :-?

So, instead of waffles, I’m sharing this jam with you.  Well, not literally because it’s all gone now.  I made it before I left for vacation and ate it all in, like, four days.  It’s goooood!

Strawberries and basil are one of those flavor combinations I discovered after I started blogging.  The sweetness of the strawberries and the savory “bite” of the basil work fabulously together.

I whipped this jam together in such a short amount of time that I nicknamed it “lazy girl’s jam.”  From start to finish it takes a total of 20 minutes.  And you only have to clean a couple of measuring cups and a pot.  [Score!]

The time that you saved making the jam you can use to utilize the jam.  Personally, I wouldn’t recommend using this jam on plain bread like I did in the pictures.  [Oops!]  I would recommend making a grilled cheddar or swiss cheese sandwich and spreading it with this jam.  And, if you’re feeling daring, add bacon.  You’ll be glad you did. ;-)

Strawberry Basil Jam

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups strawberries (I used frozen, but fresh would also work.)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place a large pot on the stove and heat to medium-high heat; add all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Once contents come to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Remove basil leaves from cooled jam and mash strawberry mixture with a potato masher.  Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Yield:  1 ½ cups jam

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