When you are invited to a party, it is always a thoughtful gesture to offer to bring something. Not only does this show your appreciation, it also allows the hostess one less thing worry about. Even the best hostess can find herself in need of an extra hand, so don’t be surprised if she takes you up on your offer! Always check with the hostess about what she plans to serve so as not to overlap food or drinks, though there’s nothing wrong with having an extra bottle or two of champagne on hand!
One of my favorite treats to bring to parties is cheesecake stuffed strawberries. They are delicious, simple to make, and can be made on short notice! They also make for a stunning presentation and, on top of all that, they are easy to eat. (Never underestimate this detail, at cocktail parties especially. Having food that guests can eat in a bite or two and doesn’t require a knife and fork is essential.)
1 lb. strawberries, rinsed & patted dry
1 8 oz. cream cheese block, softened
3/4 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
1 t. lemon zest
2 large graham crackers
1/4 C. dark chocolate chunks
1. The key to this dish is prepping the berries. Cut the top off of each berry. Then, carefully slice off the bottom of the strawberries to create a flat base. The trick is to cut the bottom of the strawberry so that the top will sit level. This will be important when you fill each berry; the cheesecake mixture will cause uneven berries to topple.
3. In a bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Fold in lemon zest. (These ingredients can be increased or decreased based on your taste preference and sweetness of berries.)
I adapted this recipe from this Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries post on The Sweets Life.