Uses for Creme Fraiche
- rien Apr 12, 2004 11:30 AM
Needed a bit for as a garnish for soup and now I'm left with excess - one of the small tubs minus about three or four tablespoons.
What are some of your favorite simple uses? I'm not looking for recipes that require a bit of creme fraiche, but recipes or serving suggestions that are primarily creme fraiche. Of course, serving with berries is a given ... unfortunately, it's not prime berry season yet.
Off the top of my head I can think only of baked apples topped with creme fraiche, and latkes (esp. beet and carrot latkes) with creme fraiche on the side.
Or maybe smoked fish with creme fraiche?
The thing *does* seem to have been created especially for berries though.
I've never done this, but I bet it would be good in mashed potatoes. There was a thread a few days back on using that Total greek yogurt--some of the ideas might also be relevant to your quandary.
Another idea-- a sour cream--apple pie or the like.
As suggested below, it's great with mashed potatoes. I use it a lot instead of sour cream; on quesadillas, with fruit tarts, and I've been thinking a lot about a recent post here for an orange dessert. I believe it was orange segments soaked in Grand Marnier with a dollop of creme fraiche, sprinkled with shavings of good dark chocolate.
I'm the one who made that orange dessert (it was great, everyone loved it!) and I had plenty of creme fraiche left over.
We had some thin, cooked spaghetti noodles left over from a pasta dish. I heated them in the microwave, then put a couple dollups of creme fraiche and mixed it in, the way you would do with sour cream or cottage cheese.
It was marvellous - a real treat.
Fortunately, the creme fraiche lasts a long time (the date is far in advance) so I can explore other ideas. But I want those noodles again!
You can puree it with some avocados, cayenne pepper, a little salt, a little lime for a really good salad dressing or chip "salsa" dip or sauce for white fish.