25 Recipes To Make With Sour Cream

Don't underestimate this staple ingredient.

Sock It To Me Cake

Hannah Zimmerman / Southern Living

Don’t put sour cream in a box. This surprisingly versatile grocery staple is the unsung hero of so many dishes, balancing out sweetness and battling dryness. Its tangy, tart taste adds a much-needed, subtle zing in some of our most favorite foods and adds unbeatable moisture to others. From breakfast to dinner, and even dessert, so many of our most cherished recipes start with sour cream.

To prove its superiority, we’ve gathered our favorite sour-cream-forward recipes from salads and side dishes to casseroles and cakes. Start your day with a breakfast recipe like Creamy Egg Strata and finish it with something sweet, but not too sweet thanks to the sour cream, like one of our pound cakes (because the best pound cakes always include sour cream). From cooking, to baking, and even raw food preparation, sour cream is a rockstar ingredient we can’t get enough of, so make sure to stock up for these recipes on your next trip to the grocery store. In a pinch, you can even make your own

01 of 25

Instant Pot Crack Chicken

Crack Chicken Image
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This chicken dish uses our key ingredient to amp up its creaminess factor. It's sure to become a staple in your dinnertime rotation.

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Best-Ever Sticky Buns

Spicy Sausage-and-Cheddar Kolaches
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

The secret to the best sticky buns you've ever had is... you guessed it: sour cream. A buttery brown sugar topping and toasted pecans certainly don't hurt either.

03 of 25

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

If you come across a pound cake recipe that doesn't include sour cream, cast it away. You don't want that. Try this instead.

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Creamy Avocado Dip

Creamy Avocado Dip
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Move over, guacamole. Paler in color, but oh-so much richer than guacamole, this ultra-creamy avocado dip deserves its time to shine.

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Mini Potato Skins

Mini Potato Skins
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop styling: Claire Spollen; Food styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Baked potatoes topped with sour cream and all the fixings will always have a place in our hearts, but these Mini Potato Skins have taken up residence in our minds and stomachs. Guests will rave over this bite-sized snack that goes great with a cold beer.

06 of 25

Creamy Egg Strata

Creamy Egg Strata
Iain Bagwell

Brunch is made easy and delicious thanks to sour cream, a cheese blend, eggs, and French bread. This holiday-worthy dish demands its beauty rest so make ahead and give it time to chill.

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Cherry Delight

Cherry Delight
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

This bright take on a classic, cool treat will be a welcome addition at the church potluck or family reunion. It's delightfully light and airy, and owes its slight tang to sour cream.

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Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole

Homestyle Ground Beef Casserole
Will Dickey

Our version of this classic casserole recipe with sour cream is the total package. It's cheesy, hearty, and takes less than 25 minutes of hands-on time. Plus, it holds excellently when made ahead.

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Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Three-Cheese Pasta Bake

Parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella, and sour cream lend their creaminess to this pasta bake. It's not quite mac and cheese, but you'll love it just the same.

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Old-School Squash Casserole

Old-School Squash Casserole in a green casserole dish
Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman

Everyone knows that vegetables taste best when smothered in the good stuff: cheese, breadcrumbs, and yes, sour cream. This classic dish is a must-have on holiday sideboards across the South.

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Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake

Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake
Courtney West

With the consistency of a pound cake but all the nostalgia of a classic Caramel Cake, this recipe is a show-stopper. Just make sure you give the cake enough time to cool before adding frosting.

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Poppy Seed Chicken

Classic Poppy Seed Chicken
Southern Living

Comforting dinner starts with cream of chicken soup, poppy seeds, and sour cream. It's no wonder why Poppy Seed Chicken is a favorite in so many Southern households.

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Sour Cream Banana Bread With Pecan Streusel Topping

Sour Cream Banana Bread With Pecan Streusel Topping
Victor Protasio

Give your usual banana bread recipe a break and try this easy yet over-the-top version. One taste and the old recipe may never see the light of day again.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad With Dill
Hannah Zimmerman/Southern Living

When in doubt, make Creamy Cucumber Salad. This crunchy sweet and sour salad will score for any occasion, from picnics to parties or barbecues.

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Peach Cream Kuchen

Peach Cream Kuchen
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Best when made a day ahead, this German-influenced Texas Hill Country treat is a prime example of why we love sour cream desserts oh-so much. Just one bite of this pie-like pastry and you'll get it too.

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Three-Ingredient Sour Cream Biscuits

Sour Cream Biscuits
Wendy Yarborough

Associate Editor Kaitlyn Yarborough claims that you haven't lived until you've tried her mom's sour cream biscuits. Delicious to boot and effortlessly easy to make with just sour cream, butter, and flour, we can't help but agree.

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Old-Fashioned Sour Cream-Raisin Pie

Sour Cream-Raisin Pie
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Have you noticed the theme? So many of our favorite old-fashioned baked goods all feature sour cream. Grandma's favorite pie takes full advantage of that secret, and definitely deserves a comeback.

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes With Cream Cheese

mashed potatoes in a white oval dish

Hannah Zimmerman / Southern Living

The rich combination of cream cheese and sour cream takes these mashed potatoes to new levels of smoothness. The creamy, fluffy texture holds up beautifully for up to two days before digging in.

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Sour Cream Flag Cake

Flag Cake
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This topped sheet cake is a winner on Independence Day, but rearrange the stars and stripes and you've got a go-to dessert for any occasion. The vanilla-sour cream frosting is what really takes the cake. Try it on our Confetti Cake with Vanilla-Sour Cream Frosting, too.

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Jocelyn Delk Adams' Sour Cream Pound Cake

Grandbaby Cakes_Sour Cream Pound Cake
Marisa Siriano

This reliable pound cake will always hit the spot. Jocelyn Delk Adams' Sour Cream Pound Cake is one recipe you'll want to have in your back pocket.

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Strawberry-Pretzel Jello Salad

This Strawberry-Pretzel Salad Is A Southern Classic

This old-school dessert is a Southern classic due for a resurgence. It's a salty-sweet gelatin salad with a host of unexpected ingredients like strawberry gelatin, cream cheese, and sour cream that hits the spot on a summer day.

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Grandby's Sour Cream Pound Cake

Getty Pound Cake In Bundt Pan
Magdalena Niemczyk–ElanArt/Getty Images

Gary Stanton from country duo, Muscadine Bloodline, touts this recipe, his mama's, as the best pound cake out there. Butter, sugar, and sour cream are the trick to its light and fluffy texture.

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French Onion Chicken Casserole

French Onion Chicken Casserole
Stacy Allen; Food Stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Stylist: Lindsey Lower

French onion soup devotees will adore this casserole. The recipe takes advantage of a hefty helping of sour cream for creamy texture and tart flavor.

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Sidney's Potato Salad

Sidney’s Potato Salad
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Sour cream sends classic potato salad soaring to new, tangy heights. This recipe will become a go-to for many barbecues to come.

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Sock It To Me Cake

Sock It To Me Cake

Hannah Zimmerman / Southern Living

If you've never had old-school Sock It To Me Cake, we're thrilled to introduce you. It's a buttery sour cream Bundt layered with brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans, and topped with vanilla icing. It'll be love at first bite.

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