When a friend of mine was discussing appetite with her new Dutch beau, he told her, "I was much hungrier as a boy — I could eat ten strawberry sandwiches in one sitting!" Wait, rewind, she said. Strawberry sandwiches?He told her in Holland, strawberry sandwiches are eaten as a snack, made with just bread, strawberries and sugar. He used to pulverize strawberries in a blender with a lot of sugar, then spread them on a slice of bread, but the sandwiches can also be made with slices of the fruit and a much less kid-friendly amount of sugar.
I recreated this Dutch treat with a slice of good country-style white bread, a handful of sliced strawberries and a sprinkling of sugar. It has a distinct strawberry shortcake vibe, but is less sweet and feels more like a snack than a dessert. Strawberry sandwiches would make a lovely, light addition to a brunch spread or even a casual weekday dessert. I don't think I could eat ten of them though!
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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