For any of you who are new to the benefits of crème fraîche, welcome - we’re so glad you’re here! You are about to enter into a delicious world of flavor and versatile recipe potential.
Crème fraîche is a rich cultured cows' cream with a thick, creamy texture and a slightly tart, nutty flavor. Crème fraîche will enhance any recipe that calls for sour cream. The rich taste and unique cooking advantages of crème fraîche will bring depth of flavor and a smooth texture to dips, baked goods, soups and finishing sauces.
One major benefit to crème fraîche is, because it has a higher butterfat content, it won’t curdle or break when added to something at a higher heat or that’s acidic. It’s truly an everyday kitchen staple and is delightful added to sweet or savory dishes. It’s good for baking in cakes, or lightly sweetening and topping slices of pie. Its food BFF may be the potato, but we’d also add a spoonful to soups or stews, pasta, or even in a salad dressing.
So, to show just how versatile this everyday ingredient is, check out our top 12 favorite ways to use crème fraîche.