Overrated Dessert: Salted Caramel
Perhaps there are exceptions - Barbuzzo's salted caramel budino generally lives up to the hype it gets - but does salted caramel have to show up at every turn? “Salted caramel anything!” responds a Twitter follower when asked to pick trends-turned-pet-peeves. Whole Foods is even selling a bath soap in salted caramel “flavor.” A line must be drawn.
Underrated Dessert: Sweet Potato
The combination of savory and sweet is a compelling one, and talented pastry chefs can tease it out of simple ingredients. At Rex 1516, new dessert maestro Brian DeMuro has just introduced a sweet potato panna cotta. Served with cranberry preserves and fried mint, it’s a Thanksgiving dish turned satisfying final course.