12 large, fresh strawberries, washed
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon sour cream
Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Remove stems from strawberries to form a flat base. Place berries on cutting surface, pointed end facing up. With a sharp knife, carefully slice each berry in half vertically to within a 1/4 inch of base. Cut each half into three wedges to form 6 petals. (Don't slice through the base.) Pull petals apart slightly.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and sour cream, beat until light and fluffy.
Fill a pastry bag* fitted with a star tip, fill strawberries with cream cheese mixture.
* A plastic zipper sandwich bag can be used instead of a pastry bag, just filling with cream cheese mixture and squeezing out excess air before sealing. Carefully cut one corner off of the bottom of the bag and squeeze mixture out through the cut.
For added sweetness, you can use strawberry flavored cream cheese instead of plain.