what to do with leftover sour cream

sour cream dressing recipeWhen a recipe calls for a small amount of sour cream I feel my shoulders slump.  For me the thought of having to buy a container of sour cream for 2 tablespoons or even a cup seems like a such a waste; there’s always some leftover.  I could substitute it for yogurt but I would be in the same dilemma.  And then it occurred to me.  Why not make a dressing or dip?  It would also make good use of the coriander (cilantro)  I had in the fridge. 

As I was making this dressing I was also aware of what I had pulled out of the freezer for tonight’s dinner…pork chops.  I had a few ideas milling around in my head but as I finished the dressing I felt it would make a delicious braising sauce for the chops while in the oven.  My tummy just growled at the thought!

what to do with leftover sour cream
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Recipe type: sauce

  • handful of coriander (stems included)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • juice of ½ lime
  • dash or two of hot sauce (optional)
  • splash of extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. In a bowl add coriander, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce, olive oil, and sour cream.
  2. Use a hand blender and purée to the consistency of your liking. If using as a dressing, you may want to add a bit more olive oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.

If you have fresh parsley on hand, throw in a few sprigs.


sour cream sauce ingredientssour cream and cilantro sauceThe Culinary Chase’s Note:  Add more lime juice if needed.  Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings from there.  Visit Frugal Living for more recipes on how to use leftover sour cream.  Enjoy!

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