I’m having a major moment with strawberries and want to add them to anything and everything.
Seriously I never thought the day would come that I, Michelle Embleton, lover of chocolate ice creams and (occasionally) a vanilla ice cream (loaded with all things chocolatey), would decide that the first ice cream recipe of 2016 that I share with you… is a strawberry based ice cream.
This is a big step forward in my adult world. I don’t even know how to handle it.
Although, I do recognize that I did add a ton of Oreos into this. But, I digress.
Before we talk about my strawberry ice cream problems…
Guys, this is a fun one today! With the unofficial start of summer coming up, it’s time to dust off the grills, bust out that new patio furniture you bought for crazy cheap at the end of last year, plant (and remember to water) those flowers – because it’s barbecue season!
In celebration, I’ve teamed up with some blogger friends to bring you 50 recipe ideas for a smashing summer shindig.
Say ‘smashing summer shindig’ three times fast. I dare ya.
Are you hungry? And if you weren’t already, I’m sure you will be now after all these delicious recipes. You’re pretty much bound to be covered from now until Labor Day with all this party food.
So why is it so crazy that I made strawberry ice cream, you might ask? Did you ask? I’ll answer even if you didn’t.
To be honest, as much as I’ve always loved strawberries (and I really love them A LOT), I’ve never been a huge fan of strawberry ice cream. I think the closest thing I’ve really come to liking strawberry ice cream is maybe a milkshake, which I know is technically ice cream.
But I’ve never really gone out of my way to order strawberry ice cream. Possibly ever? I think especially as I get older and can’t eat like I used to, if I’m going to eat ice cream – or any dessert for that matter – I want to make sure it’s really going to be worth it.
And 9.9999/10 times when it comes to ice cream, chocolate or peanut butter, or both, is usually the only thing that is worth it to me. Working for that summer bod.
So when I had this weird craving for strawberry ice cream a few weeks ago, I expected it to pass rather quickly – because I hadn’t yet satisfied my sweet tooth that day and thought it was maybe just telling to feed the beast. But then I wanted it a few times more and I realized I was having an ice cream epiphany. This was big.
And this no churn recipe is the reason why I’m hopping on the strawberry ice cream train (and hopefully never looking back!). I’m truly obsessed with using fresh strawberries in this ice cream – especially when the ice cream melts a little; the strawberries taste (oddly?) refreshing, and just so, so good. And the juices from the mashed strawberries are perfect for the “base” of the ice cream too; hints of strawberry but not too fruity sweet!
OH and the Oreos. I always have to add a little something extra. Always. They work with those berries, a great unexpected duo. I can confidently say that because half of the ice cream is already gone. SO, I’ll start working on the summer bod soon?
Don’t forget to check out all the other recipes for our Great Blogger BBQ below!
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups fresh strawberries, sliced + a few more for topping
- 1½ cups oreos, crushed
- In a large bowl, mash the strawberries really well. I like to leave a few slices a little larger, but make sure the strawberries are mashed well enough that they release a lot of their juices.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or using a hand mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes.
- Using a spatula, stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.
- Add in the mashed strawberries and their juices and stir in a few times. Then stir in the crushed oreos, reserving a few for the top layer.
- Pour the mixture into a loaf pan or metal container, top with a few pieces of crushed ores and a couple slices of strawberries if desired. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and freeze 4-6 hours, or overnight.
Cocktails and Drinks
Blackberry Gin Slush by The Speckled Palate
Homemade Lemonade by Winstead Wandering
Blood Orange Mocktail by Body Rebooted
Fleur Collins Cocktail by Hungry Girl por Vida
Fourth of July Sparkler by Mixplorology
Black Stripe Cold Rum Cocktail by Honey and Birch
Fresh Watermelon Mojito by Twin Stripe
Mint Hibiscus Lemonade by The Little Epicurean
Salt Plate Shrimp by The Mexitalian
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burgers by Simple and Savory
Roasted Vegetable Grilled Pizza with Garlic Herb Oil by Ciao Chow Bambina
Memphis Style Pulled Pork by Two Places at Once
Balsamic & Honey Chicken Skewers with Strawberry-Kiwi Salsa by No Spoon Necessary
Amazing Basic Spice Rub for Grilling by An Oregon Cottage
Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs by PasadenaDaisy
Smoked Porchetta Pork Loin by Tasty Ever After
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork by Appeasing a Food Geek
Peach Barbecue Sauce by The Beach House Kitchen
Tuna Stuffed Sweet Peppers by SugarLoveSpices
Herb Marinated Steak Gyros Plates with Tomato-Onion Salad and Green Tahini Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe
Marinated Skirt Steak with Sweet Corn and Cherry Salad by Domesticate ME!
Sweet & Sour Chicken Kebabs by Tastefully Frugal
Caprese Pasta Salad by Club Narwhal
Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad by Two Sisters Kitchens
Coconut Milk Mac & Cheese by A Little Gathering
Cherry Quinoa Salad by Food Lovin Family
Cheddar, Corn and Bacon Potato Salad by Family Food on the Table
Lemon Rocket Pasta Salad by Lauren Caris Cooks
Green Goddess Potato Salad by Love & Flour
Red White & Blue Watergate Salad by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Zesty Potato Skewers by Pamela Salzman
Quinoa Tabouli by A Fork’s Tale
Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake by Feast + West
Strawberry Beer Floats by bethcakes
Cherry Cheesecake Dessert by The Little Blonde Baker
Light Berry Angel Food Cake by The Creative Bite
Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries by Girl Heart Food
Fresh Strawberry Muffins by Spiced
Lemon Pie Sundae by Flavours & Frosting
Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes by Dash of Herbs
Grasshopper Pie by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
Berry Mango Smoothie Pops by HÄLSA Nutrition
Mixed Berry Vanilla Bean Cake by Cake ‘n Knife
No Churn Cookies and Cream Strawberry Ice Cream by The Secret Ingredient Is
Coconut Blueberry & Vodka Ice Pops by Nik Snacks
Strawberry Key Lime Margarita Greek Yogurt Ice Pops by Beer Girl Cooks
Cherry & Rhubarb Tart by Crepes of Wrath
Do you think we can get through all of these amazing dishes by the end of summer? Yes, yes we can.