Why are strawberries called strawberries? The word 'strawberry' dates back nearly 2,000 years to the Anglo-Saxons. Is it because the strawberry's runners look like straw? Or because the berry's external seeds look like little golden bits of chaff? No one knows.
This little stuffed strawberry dish is a dessert-appetizer-snack. It's a great way to do something different with strawberries other than eat them out of hand--which is pretty hard to beat.
You don't have to stuff strawberries with this strawberry-cheese, you can just spread this mix on muffins or toast or crackers.
Makes about 1½ cup
6 ounces cream cheese
1½ teaspoons toasted poppy seeds
⅓ Cup finely chopped strawberries
Several whole strawberries for stuffing
In a small bowl, mix together cheese, poppy seeds and chopped strawberries. Stuff several hollowed out strawberries--this amount will stuff about two dozen good size strawberries.
You can also spoon this strawberry cheese into a small, decorative serving dish and garnish with whole strawberry and thyme and serve with crudités or little squares of toast.