I was doomed from birth to be a whiskey and wine girl. French from my dad's side; Irish from my mom's; and Southern from both. So, on St. Patrick's Day, I like to celebrate my Irish heritage with some fabulous food, drinks, and merriment! This dessert, the Strawberry Flummery (which means complete nonsense and is quite fitting here), is one that I have adapted over the years and it is a potent one The whiskey enhances the flavor and sweetness of the berries, and the berries enhance the flavor of the whiskey. I love Jameson's Irish whiskey with this dessert (although my first choice is Green Spot, but alas, you cannot easily find it in the states), but use whatever you prefer. Be warned: this dessert packs a punch as the alcohol is not burned off!
Note: If you have leftover whipped cream, try using it in your coffee. It turns it into an outstanding Irish cream coffee! Also, to make this a dessert that the kids can also enjoy, just separate a portion of the strawberries and the whipped cream before adding the whiskey, then prepare as usual.
1 lb. container fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup Jameson's Irish Whiskey (or whatever Irish Whiskey you prefer)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons Jameson's Irish Whiskey
1/4 cup Steel Cut Irish Oats
Dark Chocolate shavings (optional)
- Rinse the berries, remove the hulls (green tops), and finely chop add to a large bowl.
- Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup whiskey. Stir well and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla yogurt.
- With a hand-held blender, blend on high speed until stiff peaks form. This could take about 10 to 15 minutes and is the perfect time for sampling some of the whiskey (to ensure quality of course). To speed up the process, chill the bowls, and blender whisks.
- Once the cream is whipped, add the 2 to 3 tablespoons of whiskey and stir well to incorporate. Add as much or as little as of the whiskey you, and your friends, can handle!
- Set the whipped cream aside to chill until serving. Meanwhile, spread the oatmeal out on a baking sheet and toast for about 5 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Be careful not to burn them!
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- You can use any glass, but I love serving these in wine glasses. It just adds a touch of elegance to the dessert. To assemble the flummeries: in the bottom of each wine glass add a couple of scoops of strawberries; top with a couple of scoops of whipped cream and a sprinkle of oats: repeat with two or three more layers depending on the size of the glass and the number of servings. Finish with whipped cream on top.
- Sprinkle each with toasted oats and shaved chocolate. To make chocolate shavings, just take a chocolate bar, and using a cheese grater, grate over the top of each glass.
- You can serve as is, or make the parfaits ahead of time and chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two. Save the leftover whipped cream; it's addicting! Enjoy!