Appetizers, Dessert

Strawberry Balsamic + Mint Basil Jam

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This recipes seems simple and looks simple but don’t let that fool you. The flavor is HUGE, the taste is undeniably amazing and the burst of freshness in your mouth is Enormous. The best part is- like you already picked up on- it is SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE. If you can cut up strawberries then you can make My Strawberry Balsamic, Mint and Basil Jam. I had to add in both mint and basil because well they are my two favorite herbs to use with sweets and one wouldn’t let me not use the other (you can take it up with them!) This recipe comes in to you in honor of olive oil week and the Devo Olive Oil giveaway.  I decided to use another one of my favorite oils from Devo and that is strawberry balsamic. It combines the both of best worlds and turns out one heck of a jam for breakfasts, appetizers and even dessert.

Speaking of… Have you entered the Devo Olive Oil giveaway. You know this is my birthday week and to celebrate life at 28 I thought nothing could be better than to offer my fabulous readers one of the best giveaways ever. A free 9 pack of olive oil samples from my newest sponsor, Devo Olive Oil. Be sure to click here to check out this amazing little culinary dream boutique and enter to win the oils listed in the giveaway link seen above.

Life just isn’t complete without fresh berries and no matter how you cut it or bake it for that matter, no bread is complete with the perfect pairing of butter and jam (yes butter and jam. I have to have butter on my bread along with my jam- I am weird like that). My Strawberry Balsamic, Mint and Basil Jam is perfect for your family and friends and is full of flavor. The balsamic vinegar brings out the berries’ beautiful color and truly enhances their flavor. This is great served on my bruschetta bread, biscuits and bagels or you can do something as simple as layered on pound cake or over some vanilla ice cream- Oh I hear that calling my name. Gotta Run!

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Strawberry Balsamic + Mint Basil Jam

Ingredients: (adapted from Martha Stewart)

2 pounds of fresh strawberries, roughly chopped/diced

2 cups of sugar

1  TBSP Devo Strawberry Balsamic

2 lemons, juiced and zested

1 TBSP  each of fresh chopped basil and mint

1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Wash and dice the strawberries. Come the berries with the sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once at a boil, add in the 1 tsp of cornstarch and briefly whisk. Allow to boil for 8-10 minutes stirring every so often until the mixture is thick and thoroughly coats the back of your spoon. Stir in the basil and mint and place in a glass jar with lid. If you are not going to use the jam in the next 2 days then you must go through the process of sterilizing your jars and canning it. But honestly, why go to all that trouble- your going to love this so much it won’t even last a day!

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52 Comments

  1. Mary

    THank you, thank you , thank you! wonderful inspired recipe and perfect for all the strawberries I’ve got hanging around here!
    Mary x

    10 . Jun . 2011
  2. Cool Gal

    Basil and mint in jam? Oh, yum! 😉

    10 . Jun . 2011
  3. Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe

    Wow, I am always looking for specialty jams to make. This one sounds wonderful. I have it bookmarked for when my strawberries are ripe. Thanks!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  4. Kerrib

    I bet my hubs would love this! Looks great! 😉 visiting from FF&P

    10 . Jun . 2011
  5. Maureen

    Doesn’t this look glamorous!! I want some on my English muffin. Coming over with a spoon. 🙂

    10 . Jun . 2011
  6. flip flops & pearls

    Oh my, that sounds divine! Images are beautiful:)

    I hope you have a fab weekend-Xo

    10 . Jun . 2011
  7. Southern Living: Preppy Style

    That sounds absolutely AMAZING!!!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  8. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this looks so good and my basil and mint are really growing well so this will be a fun recipe to use them in.

    10 . Jun . 2011
  9. Yummy Mummy

    Hi! I love anything strawberry balsamic! Yum! Thank you for your sweet comments on my guest post on valsocal! I’m your newest follower.
    Xx

    10 . Jun . 2011
  10. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    I adore this idea. I love jam on just about anything. I’m sure the mix of basil and mint just adds a wonderful freshness! Can’t wait to try it! I love your sweet little jar too!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  11. Tricia

    This looks so good. Found you off Flip Flops & Pearls. This would be great as a gift. Dress up a cute little jar and give to a neighbor or friend. Thanks again for sharing!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  12. Three-Cookies

    A herbed fruit jam does sounds interesting. I don’t think my supermarket will be stocking this anytime soon unfortunately

    10 . Jun . 2011
  13. Maris (In Good Taste)

    The combination of basil and mint in this jam is awesome. It looks so professional and I am sure tastes delicious! Hope yuo are enjoying your birthday week and have a great weekend!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  14. yummychunklet

    Your jam looks fabulous. I love, love, love mint! So I know this jam will be a keeper. Great post!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  15. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Actually, this looks fun! I should try some for my dad!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  16. Torrie @ a place to share...

    I’ve made strawberry basil jam, but never before with mint! Such a perfect combination. I’m definitely trying this next time, and also adding it to my next batch of strawberry sauce!

    I hope you had a wonderful birthday week :). xoxo

    10 . Jun . 2011
  17. Greg

    Great recipe. I love that it doesn’t call for an enormous amount of sugar, like some do. And I love all the flavors at play. Bet it’s just wonderful.

    10 . Jun . 2011
  18. Steph

    Oh my word! That sounds devine!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  19. Shawn

    I can’t wait to make this…and like you, it’s going on top of a lotta stuff 🙂

    10 . Jun . 2011
  20. High Heeled Life

    Hi there, thanks for visiting … This is sounds tres Yummy!! I have actually been following your blog for awhile though I don’t always comment … xo HHL

    10 . Jun . 2011
  21. Ruth

    mmm! sounds yummy

    10 . Jun . 2011
  22. chef_d

    Wow, your jam looks so delicious and the flavors you used are fantastic!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  23. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    I’ve made strawberry jam with balsamic vinegar, but I’ve never thought to add mint and basil. This combination sounds really delicious! I have plenty of strawberries that I picked and froze that would be perfect for this. 🙂

    10 . Jun . 2011
  24. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I love those flavors! What a great and unique combination 🙂

    10 . Jun . 2011
  25. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Wow I had never ever thought of combining strawberry + balsamic + mint/basil in one! But now when I see it and think of it, it works! Looks delicious…totally yummy!!! Nice flavors and can’t wait to try this. Although 2 cups of sugar scares me a bit. Hehee.

    10 . Jun . 2011
  26. Kristy

    I have a raspberry balsamic…do you think I could follow the recipe with raspberries in place of strawberries? This sounds delicious!!!!

    10 . Jun . 2011
  27. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Oh what magical flavours. This jam must tickle your taste buds and I bet it would would work well as a glaze for a pork tenderloin or the likes.
    🙂 Mandy

    11 . Jun . 2011
  28. daphne

    u said it gal! life is so much better with berries! Esp with fresh jam, cream and scones… oh life!!!!

    11 . Jun . 2011
  29. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    What a great, unique combination of flavors!

    11 . Jun . 2011
  30. kitchen flavours

    Your jam looks wonderful! I love making jam more than eating! LOL! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Thank you for following my blog! I really appreciate it! Have a lovely Sunday!

    11 . Jun . 2011
  31. C.E. Hart

    This sounds delicious. Thanks for the easy recipe. 🙂 YUM-MY!

    11 . Jun . 2011
  32. nancy at good food matters

    Basil and mint are terrific additions to your strawberry-balsamic jam–
    beautiful color and texture. I like that there is no pectin added to the jam–just straightforward ingredients. simple–absolutely.

    thanks, too, for visiting my blog–I’ll have fun exploring yours.
    Nancy

    11 . Jun . 2011
  33. sweetlife

    I picked up the sweetest berries yesterday , thsi would be the perfect recipe to celebrate their sweetness! thanks for sharing

    sweetlife

    11 . Jun . 2011
  34. Allison @ Alli n Son

    I’ve so been craving a PBJ and this would be heavenly on it. Here’s hoping that I win the Devo giveaway so I can make it!

    P.s. Did you share this on sweet tooth Friday?

    11 . Jun . 2011
  35. sonia

    Hi There, This is looking Gorgeous. A very well made post with beautiful vibrant pictures. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Its always fun to see ur appetizing recipes.Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

    11 . Jun . 2011
  36. Cooking Creation

    Sold and bookmarking now! 🙂 This sounds so incredible and I love simple, simple, simple! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    11 . Jun . 2011
  37. the good soup

    Interesting, the herbs make your jam look savoury- sort of like a tomato chutney, but then it’s got a lot of sugar in it so I’m pretty convinced it’s jam!
    Actually, I’ve been reducing the sugar content of my jams recently. I know it needs to have 1:1( fruit:sugar) for preserving reasons, but using about half as much sugar, particularly in strawberry jam, certainly improves the taste I think- much more strawberry flavour and less of the sugary ‘heat’ jams can give on the back of the throat. Just means you need to keep it in the fridge.
    Cheers, Angela

    12 . Jun . 2011
  38. Couscous & Consciousness

    Wow – this jam looks fantastic – I have always loved combining strawberries with balsamic, so this jam sounds like a winner. I have to have butter with my jam too!!
    Sue 🙂

    12 . Jun . 2011
  39. Mélange

    Wow… excited seeing this one..That’s such an awesome flavour coming together.Love to check this.

    12 . Jun . 2011
  40. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Hey girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment 🙂 I looked into the “follow” button, and apparently you need to be signed into google for it to appear. Hope that helps!

    I look forward to reading more of your posts now that I found you too!

    13 . Jun . 2011
  41. Joanne

    I’m almost crying because I can’t even begin to know where to find that Devo strawberry balsamic! I am so going to make this anyway. Maybe I’ll also make some bagels to smear it on. That would be very marathon-training-savvy of me.

    13 . Jun . 2011
  42. Linda

    I’m all about simple and this is simply delicious! I love the mint and basil mixed with strawberries. I’m going to make this for my guests this weekend, no need for canning, I’m sure it will be devoured fast!!

    13 . Jun . 2011
  43. Sawsan@chef in disguise

    This is brilliant..never thought of this combo for jam but it is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this AMAZING recipe

    14 . Jun . 2011
  44. Вера пишет

    Чудный рецепт! Обязательно воспользуюсь. Для меня это новинка в области варки варенья. Спасибо.

    16 . Jun . 2011
  45. Stephanie

    Oh how I love jam. This sounds so refreshing and delicious- yet simple and no pectin! That is awesome

    18 . Jun . 2011
  46. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Great recipe, love the combination of flavours in this jam!

    18 . Jun . 2011
  47. Gigi

    Okay, now on to try this! It looks amazing

    19 . Jun . 2011
  48. Khara

    Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    20 . Jun . 2011
  49. Rebecca

    Wow! This looks so amazing and actually something I can do! Love the pics and that cute jar!

    22 . Jun . 2011
  50. Anabel

    This lOoks amazing. I can see myself spreading it over any and everything!

    23 . Jun . 2011
  51. Sundi Jo

    LOVE THIS! Do you mind if we post it on our blog? You get the credit of course.

    28 . Jun . 2011
  52. Sarah

    This looks so amazing! I’ve been looking through your blog and am totally inspired. Amazing pictures too! I’ll be following for sure :o)

    13 . Oct . 2011

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