The Secret Ingredient You Need to Have on Hand

sour creamHave you discovered the wonders of sour cream? Sour cream is great because you can add it to just about anything to get a creamier, richer, or more moist result. I consider it a “pantry essential” as it’s the best way I know of to make a quick dip or add flavor and texture to a flat sauce. Here are a few of my favorite sour cream hints and tips:

A Quick Dip

Combine equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise. Then add chives, bacon and tomatoes for a quick and tasty dip for last minute company.

Creamier Pasta Sauce

Want a pasta sauce that really pops? Use 1/2 cup sour cream to 3 cups red pasta sauce. Stir it in at the last minute for a creamier sauce that has a slight tang. (My kids love this!)

Sour Cream Cakes and Muffins

Sour Cream can be added to any boxed mix for a more flavorful and moist cake. I generally add in about 1/2 cup for a boxed cake mix.

Sour Cream As Topping for Desserts

Sour cream is one of my favorite ways to top cheesecake or as a dip for dessert. Just add about 1/2 cup of sugar to 1 cup of sour cream as a dip for strawberries or as a topping for cheesecake. You can also combine sour cream, confectioner’s sugar, and butter to make a rich and creamy frosting that’s easy to spread.

Simple Stroganoff

Combine cream of mushroom soup, sauteed onions, and canned mushrooms along with a container of sour cream for a simple stroganoff sauce. Pour over egg noodles and add some beef and dinner is done.


Make sure that sour cream is at room temperature before adding it to hot mixtures. Never bring a mixture to a boil after adding sour cream.

Substitute light sour cream for anything except for when using it in baked goods.

So now you know about the most versatile ingredient in the kitchen. Look soon for other secret ingredients that you need to know about and you need to keep on hand.

Recipes That Use Sour Cream:

Sour Cream Potatoes

Sour Cream Biscuits

Sour Cream Muffins

Green Beans with Sour Cream and Dill

Potato and Sour Cream Casserole

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