In the Kitchen
The uses for sour cream in the kitchen go far beyond topping foods, and they include both sweet and savory applications. Because of its rich and acidic qualities, it creates a moist and tender texture in baked goods and makes a desirable base for dips and dressings. It helps thicken soups and sauces, and produces a tangy flavor as well.
When cooking with sour cream, it’s important to monitor closely to prevent curdling and add it gradually as late as possible during preparation. Regular and reduced-fat sour cream are easily interchangeable in recipes, but the fat-free variety is best substituted to cold dishes, rather than those that are cooked or baked.