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Dragon Fruit and Strawberry Poke

Go sweet on pepper with this recipe from one of McCormick’s Flavor Forecast 2017 trends

Bold pepper meets sweet dragon fruit and strawberry with this quick and easy dragon fruit and strawberry poke recipe. Serve this tongue-tingling treat at your next gathering.

Recipe courtesy of McCormick.


  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper, preferably McCormick
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries (1/4-inch dice)
  • 5 egg roll wrappers
  • 1 cup oil, for frying
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups diced peeled dragon fruit (1/4-inch dice)


In a small saucepan bring rice syrup, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of the black pepper to boil, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 15 minutes.

Stir in lemon juice. Let stand 1 hour.

Strain balsamic pepper reduction through several layers of cheesecloth into small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a medium bowl, beat cream, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and another 1/2 teaspoon pepper with electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mix strawberries with another 3 tablespoons sugar in small bowl. Let stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut each egg roll wrapper in half to create 2 rectangles. Then cut each rectangle in half diagonally to create 4 triangles.

In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Fry triangle wrappers in batches until puffed and golden, about 1 to 2 minutes per batch, turning once. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.

In a small bowl, mix remaining 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons pepper.

Brush fried triangle wrappers with 1/2 of the melted butter. Sprinkle each triangle wrapper with 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper sugar mixture. Brush triangles again with remaining butter.

Place triangles on baking sheet. Bake 6 minutes or until golden brown and pepper sugar mixture is caramelized. Let cool slightly on wire rack.

To assemble for serving, place 1 tablespoon peppered whipped cream on the wide side of each triangle crisp. Top with 2 teaspoons each strawberries and dragon fruit. Drizzle with balsamic pepper reduction.