As promised, I’m bringing you the low-down on the savory-sweet dessert feast from Tasha DeSerio‘s Sweet Sparklers found in the Dec 2010/Jan 2011 issue of Fine Cooking magazine. All of the recipes are online so if you don’t have the mag (so sad since it’s always so good) find everything you need here (click on menu items near the top right of that page).
Today I’m reviewing three recipes that I made (almost) exactly as instructed. In this post: Popcorn with Sweet Butter and Sea Salt. Also check out my review of Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Marcona Almonds and my review of Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Cheese Straws.
It’s just popcorn, right? You might be tempted to serve a bag of microwavable stuff or skip this dish entirely. That would be a big mistake. BIG. HUGE. It is crazy-good popcorn, somewhere between caramel corn and buttery movie-theater fare.
Long after the ball drops, when the conversations get quieter and night swings towards the wee hours of the morning, having this fluffy stuff ready for munching will amplify that cozy end-of-night feeling while satiating any late night cravings.
We popped ours 30 minutes before the party started, as instructed (yes, our house smelled like a movie theater but trust me, it was a great thing). I was still addicted to it hours later.
Before everyone arrived, we filled little disposable cups with popcorn and set them in groups on end tables throughout the room so that guests were always within reach of a bit of nostalgia.
Check out my recipes that were inspired by this menu: Salted Pineapple and Pecan Angel Slice, Rosemary-Orange-Lemon-Curd Slice, White Chocolate Bark with Blueberries, Pine Nuts and a Zest of Lemon, Spicy Maple Cashews, and Cranberry Ginger Brie.