America's Best Salty-Sweet Desserts

Pastry chefs all over the country are infusing their desserts with salty and savory elements—from bacon and salted caramel to black olive...
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Manresa; Los Gatos, CA

Chocolate salt pepper with olive oil, part of the $130 prix fixe menu
"This dish is really about familiar ingredients used in a different way," says pastry chef Stephanie Prida. "I started with salt and pepper and we built upon that." To assemble this dessert, a rich chocolate mousse square and dollop of olive oil pudding (made with oil from Nick Sciabica & Sons from the San Joaquin Valley) are topped with a delicate spray of hardened chocolate. Prida accents the dish with ground sweet peppercorns and powdered milk meringue for contrast, and finishes with freshly picked flowers and herbs.

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