Some flavor fireworks and fun surprises help light up the Fourth, and this whimsical dessert delivers. We free the main ingredient, maraschino cherries, from the cocktail garnish tray and flavor them with cherry wood smoke; then we wrap them with a creamy almond fillsing in buttery layers of phyllo. They're an easy potluck dish for beachside fireworks, park picnics, or your backyard barbecue—they can go anywhere, and they're make anyone who receives them feel just as special as they are.
Stunning and unforgettable—a second set of this treat is a must.
Photo: Randy Mayor