State Fare

Sierra Grill, 4704 Montrose, Houston

Forget the figgy pudding. The centerpiece of your party table for the holidays should be this voluptuous cheesecake from Houston’s Sierra Grill.

Chef Charles Watkins has taken an everyday dessert and turned it into something special, its texture as lush as velvet, the density firm without being heavy. But what raises this cheesecake above all others is the inspired addition of three ingredients: Bailey’s Irish Cream to impart a silky nip, and orange and lemon zest to lend a tang. For a chaser, set out a batch of Watkins’ Grand Marnier truffles rolled in Texas pecans. Your guests won’t go until they get some.

What raises this cheesecake above all others is the inspired addition of three ingredients: Bailey’s Irish Cream to impart a silky nip, and orange and lemon zest to lend a tang.

Recipe for Citrus Cheesecake and Chocolate Truffles from Sierra Grill.

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