I used to obsessively throw large dinner parties. They were more like indoor picnics since there were usually about 17 guests and a definitely did not own a table large enough to seat everyone. We would spread a big cloth on the living room floor and set it with candles and my grandmother’s china. My friend Sabrina brought this strawberry dessert to one of my indoor picnics. It was something that her mother used to serve at GROWN UP dinner parties….. Whole fresh strawberries dipped in grand marnier, then brown sugar, then sour cream. Sabrina said, “I remember sneaking around in my footy pj’s after I had been in bed trying to swipe some, but I could rarely make it though all the dips before I was caught!”
It was a decadent dessert, perfect not only for grown up parties but also for bohemian shin digs where everyone ate desert while laying on the floor after a huge filling meal. It would also be a fabulous at a real outdoor picnic or barbecue. If your guests are not good at sharing from one big bowl you can slice up the strawberries, douse them with the grand marnier and serve them in individual bowls topped with sour cream and sugar, as pictured here in a red tea-cup that Sabrina gave me!
Sabrina also suggested that now that we are fancy we might use creme freche or even thick full fat greek yoghurt instead of sour cream…but I have to say the sour cream was really good.
- Fresh strawberries, rinsed
- grand marnier
- brown sugar
- sour cream, creme freche or full fat greek yoghurt