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?