Have you ever eaten a bowl of strawberries with sour cream and dark brown sugar on the side, for dipping? No? Well, you should try it, and soon.
We've mentioned this classic combo before (like in these strawberry-sour cream scones with brown sugar crumble and brown sugar cookies with cream cheese icing, topped with a strawberry) but we realized we've never shown you the original inspiration!
Some friends introduced us to this simple, easy, yet totally irresistible summer dessert. All you do is lay out a bowl of strawberries, a bowl of sour cream, and a ramekin of crumbly brown sugar. Dip each strawberry in the sour cream, then in the brown sugar. The tastes meld in this heavenly way, and the sour cream sort of melts the brown sugar into a creamy sauce on the strawberry.
It's a really wonderful summer dessert, and it's so easy. We do like to cut the strawberries in half lengthwise for smaller, easier bites — especially when the only strawberries available are the oversized mammoths from California. Just make sure the leaves are intact on each half, so your guests can easily pick up the strawberries and dip them.
Have you ever tried this? Do you love strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar the way we do?
(Originally posted June 8, 2009)
(Images: Faith Durand)