What Foods Go Well with Sour Cream Sauces?

Cynde Gregory
Cynde Gregory
Capers go well with some sour cream sauces.
Capers go well with some sour cream sauces.

There are many reasons to love sour cream sauces, but they all come down to one thing. Sour cream is quite possibly the most astonishingly delicious food in the universe because its satiny smooth texture and rich layers of flavor can handle just about any kind of food the home cook might toss in its direction. Foods that are glorified by sour cream sauces include all kinds of meat and fish, veggies, fruit, and even rich pudding or cake desserts.

Bacon is often added to sour cream sauces.
Bacon is often added to sour cream sauces.

So innocent, pure white, and lovely is sour cream in the mouth. Part of its charm, though, is that it’s got the ability to subtly bite back. It tastes wonderful in the mouth and just as wonderful after it’s been swallowed as the echo of its flavors reverberate in the mouth’s memory. Sour cream sauces can handle 100 and more flavor playmates, from herbs and garlic to sugar and lemon. Its ability to welcome a world of tastes into its creamy self makes it a natural topping for everything from soup to nuts.

Chili peppers can be used to add heat to sour cream dishes.
Chili peppers can be used to add heat to sour cream dishes.

Stirring a jar of salsa into sour cream yields a great predinner dip for corn chips, carrots, and more. Herbed sour cream and mayo spreads have successfully topped many a canapé. A dollop of curried sour cream makes a bowl of otherwise bland black bean soup sit up and sing.

Red meat, poultry, and pork get a kick out of zippy sour cream and onion sauces to which a squirt of lemon or lime has been added, along with a handful of chopped, fresh herbs. Cooks who like to turn up the heat can add chili peppers or a dash of hot sauce to bring an otherwise well-behaved sour cream sauce to center stage. Delicate fish that would swim away in terror from such fiercely flavored sauces will flip their happy tails over a sour cream sauce made with a little mustard, lemon, and capers.

Various herbs can be used in sour cream sauces made for chicken.
Various herbs can be used in sour cream sauces made for chicken.

If sour cream could talk, it would tell the world that it has never met a veggie it didn’t love. It’s especially amazing served atop cold beets with a little orange zest or thinned with lemon juice for use with asparagus. Everyone knows that potatoes and sour cream have been best friends since the dawn of time. Saucing up that friendship only requires enough imagination to toss in some chopped bacon, thinly sliced scallions, or a few walnut pieces.

Foods eaten with sour cream sauce should pair well with sour cream's tangy taste and smooth texture.
Foods eaten with sour cream sauce should pair well with sour cream's tangy taste and smooth texture.

Dreamy, creamy sour cream sauces for desserts are easy to assemble. Fruit loves being bathed in a sour cream and cream cheese combo wearing a few drops of almond or vanilla extract and a little lemon. Richly moist chocolate cake rolls over and purrs when sour cream, cream cheese, and melted chocolate or caramel sauce is dribbled across its surface.

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Discussion Comments

Rotergirl

I love beef stroganoff because of its sour cream sauce. Well, I guess it's more of a sour cream mushroom sauce, but either way, it's good. It might be the best part of the dish. I don't necessarily need noodles, as long as I have plenty of meat and sauce!

I've also had a chicken dish in Italian restaurants that I know had a sour cream sauce. Seems like it was called chicken francais, not surprisingly. The chicken breast was lightly breaded and pan fried, then served with a creamy sauce. So, so good.

Pippinwhite

Better question: what doesn't go with a sour cream sauce? I haven't met too many things that don't. I wish I could locate a recipe I found several years ago for a mustard-sour cream sauce for pork chops. It was yummy, but I didn't save the recipe, and I haven't been able to locate a decent copy.

Something I really love is enchiladas suiza, which is really chicken enchiladas with a sour cream sauce and green salsa. It's one of my favorite Tex-Mex dishes.

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    • Capers go well with some sour cream sauces.
      Capers go well with some sour cream sauces.
    • Bacon is often added to sour cream sauces.
      By: sparkia
      Bacon is often added to sour cream sauces.
    • Chili peppers can be used to add heat to sour cream dishes.
      By: Giuseppe Porzani
      Chili peppers can be used to add heat to sour cream dishes.
    • Various herbs can be used in sour cream sauces made for chicken.
      By: Studio Gi
      Various herbs can be used in sour cream sauces made for chicken.
    • Foods eaten with sour cream sauce should pair well with sour cream's tangy taste and smooth texture.
      By: dream79
      Foods eaten with sour cream sauce should pair well with sour cream's tangy taste and smooth texture.