7 Ways with Sour Cream

Sour cream is so much more than just a topping for your baked potato. See how you can use it as a key ingredient in appetizers, breads, sides, and desserts.

  • 7 Ways with Sour Cream
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    7 Ways with Sour Cream

    If you've been limiting your use of sour cream to topping a baked potato or a plate of nachos, you're missing out. Its creamy tanginess adds to the flavor and smooth texture of appetizers, breads and desserts. And if you're watching fat and calories, it's available in both reduced-fat and nonfat versions.

  • Potato Nests with Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon

    Potato Nests with Sour Cream and Smoked Salmon

    Crisp little potato nests hold a dollop of sour cream and a tiny strip of smoked salmon in these tasty bite-size appetizers.
  • Apricot-Cream Cheese Braid
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Apricot-Cream Cheese Braid

    Adding a sweetened sour cream mixture to the flour results in a sweet and tender yeast bread that's filled with fruited cream cheese and topped with a sugary glaze.
  • Salmon, Fennel, and Potato Salad with Sour-Cream Dressing
    Melanie Acevedo

    Salmon, Fennel, and Potato Salad with Sour-Cream Dressing

    Blend sour cream with mayonnaise, fennel fronds, chives and lemon juice to make a tangy dressing for this hearty salmon salad.

  • Mashed Sour Cream and Scallion Potatoes
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Mashed Sour Cream and Scallion Potatoes

    If you love super-creamy mashed potatoes, add sour cream along with milk and butter to the cooked potato.
  • Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake

    Online reviewers give this tender pound cake a resounding 5-star rating with one fan claiming that it's "by far the best pound cake I have ever made. It is very moist and has a good but not overpowering flavor. I would cut it in half and stick the other half in the freezer because this cake is gone in seconds at my house."
  • Blueberries with Brown Sugar Cream
    Photo: Christopher Baker

    Blueberries with Brown Sugar Cream

    Keep it easy with this 3-ingredient dessert. Simply top fresh berries with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with brown sugar.
  • Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Blackberry-Zinfandel Compote
    Howard L. Puckett

    Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Blackberry-Zinfandel Compote

    A traditional Italian panna cotta is a light, eggless custard that's served cold, often with fruit. This top-rated light version is made with reduced-fat sour cream, evaporated milk and gelatin. It's an easy dessert that's also very impressive.

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