strawberries romanoff


When Saucy was growing up, she didn't even know this dessert had a fancy name: Strawberries Romanoff. Imagine that. She and her brothers just kept asking for strawberries with sour cream, please!

Now, when Saucy needs to open her bag of tricks on short notice to put together a dessert worth drooling over - and she only has a couple of minutes - this does it.


The key step that makes it look like you put lots of effort into it is rimming the bowl with sugar. The bigger chunks of sugar, the better. Here, Saucy used some Wilton decorating sugar.

Just swipe a fresh lemon around the rim and press the edge lightly onto a dish that has been sprinkled with the sugar. Don't use too much lemon juice - you don't want it dripping into the sugar and making it wet and messy. Ideally, when you're done rimming the dishes (or glasses) you should be able to put the unused sugar back into the jar.


Use a nice, thick sour cream. This is not the time to be stingy about calories. Don't use the light sour cream or yogurt, unless you're really cutting back. If you need to cut back that much, just eat the strawberries. The thick sour cream sells this dish... or so Saucy thinks. There are yogurt variations if you check the world wide internets, but the yogurt does this justice. Back the the day, The Secret Weapon made yogurt for the family himself - now that's impressive.


A good daub of sour cream in the bottom of your dish (or glass, because you can present this parfait-style) topped with a generous sprinkling of soft brown sugar. This is no time for measurements... you're in a rush, remember?


Top with a layer of luscious strawberries that have been washed and sliced. The strawberries in the store right now are beautiful so get some right away and indulge.


Lastly, another spoonful of sour cream, a sprinkling of brown sugar and strawberries to finish it off. It's just a couple of layers... delicious, sinful layers. Notice how the brown sugar gets a little soft and runny on the sour cream? That's a good thing. It's like caramel.

Other variations include adding a tiny bit of lemon zest or the zest of an orange, or a splash of Grand Marnier, or even good quality dark rum. That's the adult version of Strawberries Romanoff.

If you are really super lazy, or if time is even more pressed the sour cream and brown sugar can be prepared in a shallow dish and you can eat it like a dip with fresh, whole strawberries.

Reader, have you ever heard of Strawberries Romanoff before?

21 comments:

CC said...

Well now, guess what I'll be having tomorrow???? Yummmmmmmmmmmm..

Jill said...

I never knew it had a special name-- I just always called it "strawberries with sour cream and brown sugar". I usually eat it "dip style", but I really like how you serve it.
Yum!
Hugs,
Jill

Lisa Russell said...

This must be a northern thing, because we live by Plant City, FL where alot of strawberries are grown and I have not heard of this! It looks yummy, though. I will definitely try this out! We usually do the whipped or heavy cream route, or slice, sprinkle sugar on them, let them sit and use it with shortcake or biscuits to make strawberry shortcake. Oh, I DO have a wonderful pie recipe as well! Now you've got me going....

LadyK said...

yeah the sour cream part is new - we too usually slice with sugar and let sit, or we slice them up and cut up pound cake and layer pound cake, strawberries and whipped topping - maybe with a drizzle of chocolate if one is feeling indulgent.

ChaChaneen said...

Nope, never heard of it before but it sure looks yummy. Thanks for sharing!

karen said...

I had heard of Strawberries Romanoff before but did not know what it was - this is easy peasy - who knew? Thanks for the exposition

jkddz said...

sounds fancy... but with little fuss! I LIKE it =)

Clandestine Road said...

It looks magical!

Fleur de Bee said...

OH YUM!!! Beautiful photography O'Saucy One!

xoxo

Angela said...

Yum! I know about this dish! My first experience with it was at a French restaurant called La Madeline

http://www.lamadeleine.com/

(there are quite a few throughout the South), they serve it on a regular basis, I believe that their version has congac!

Anonymous said...

I never knew it had a name, but I have been known to dip the strawberries in sour cream, then roll them in the brown sugar. They look neat, taste great and are the easiest dessert eva....Dena

stephanie (bad mom) said...

I'd never heard of this but you can be sure it will become a household name...Thank you! Extra excited for strawberry season now :D

the treat girl said...

Nope, never heard of it here....but anything with gorgeous strawberries is right up our alley!!! ....and I have the prettiest glass dishes from my aunt that would be perfect!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Three months and we'll have fresh berries to try this with!

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SandraD said...

This is new to me too! Sounds delicious even though I am not a big fan of sour cream. Would it work with full fat yogurt? I will give it a try. Beautiful presentation & great step by step photos. Thanks for the inspiration.

kyla said...

Now try that on Pancakes! Delish!That is what my family grew up doing.

Saucy said...

mmmm yes Kyla, we do that too! The Secret Weapon makes yummy traditional Russian pancakes that we serve with sour cream and strawberries but I'd never thought of adding the brown sugar!! To die for!

Amanda said...

We like fresh pineapple chunks with sour cream and brown sugar! Also to die for. Try it!

Saucy said...

Pineapple sounds absolutely intriguing! I'm down for it... next time there's a pineapple in the house, it's going in!

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That looks so tasty I think i will give it a go.