Here's a quick and easy dessert that combines some of the best parts of cheesecake, without all the extra calories. It comes from The Dean Brother's Cookbook and according to Bobby Dean, it's "berries made better." I agree. We typically eat our berries with a little sugar or whipped cream, but this was even better. Once the berries are prepped, filling them is easy with a pastry bag and decorative tip. This makes a wonderful treat to take to a party... no fork required, just pop them into your mouth! Enjoy!
Cream Cheese Stuffed Berriessource: The Deen Brothers Cookbook, Copyright 2007
32 whole large strawberries, hulled
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each strawberry so they stand upright. Place berries, cut sides down and carefully make two cuts across the top in an X, cutting about half-way through the berry. Fan the wedges just slightly and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese , sugar and vanilla until combined but still stiff. Using a pastry bag with a decorative tip, fill the berries with cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, if using. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.