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Substitute for Creme Fraiche

SIMIHOUND Aug 1, 2012 12:20 PM

I saw a recipe by Rachel Ray that calls for creme fraiche but I wish to switch it out to something similar but lower in fat. I would post the recipe directly but I don't know if that is wrong to do on the board.

The recipe is simply to put peas, basil, mint, garlic, olive oil, chicken stock and cheese together in a blender. Take the mixture to the stove until it thickens. Add in one half cup creme fraiche and serve over pasta.

Any suggestions please.. TIA!

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  1. Paprikaboy RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 1, 2012 12:32 PM

    I use half fat creme fraiche all the time for this sort of recipe.
    You won't be heating it really so splitting wont be a problem,

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      chez cherie RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 1, 2012 01:30 PM

      greek yogurt would work--fage is the brand i buy most.

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        enbell RE: chez cherie Aug 1, 2012 08:17 PM

        my recommendation as well

      2. chefj RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 1, 2012 03:55 PM

        slightly thinned sour cream will work just fine and has the right flavor profile.
        Yogurt has a very different taste.

        1. Ruthie789 RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 1, 2012 05:45 PM

          You can replace with sour cream but that is also fattening. How about some plain Greek yogurt? As well you can make your own cream fraiche, you. just leave heavy cream mixed with buttermilk out on the counter. Why not use the creme fraiche but reduce the amount in the recipe?

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            VitalForce RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 1, 2012 05:55 PM

            I would say go for more fat. Go for extra fat! Just eat a little less of it.

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              Ruthie789 RE: VitalForce Aug 1, 2012 07:18 PM

              I agree with Vitalforce, if you do not consume high fat foods often why not indulge a bit?

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                SIMIHOUND RE: Ruthie789 Aug 1, 2012 08:38 PM

                Ruthie-you make a great point. However because all I have done for many years is engage in fatty foods I need to take it easy, especially if I like the recipe. :) Thanks for the responses everyone.

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                  Ruthie789 RE: SIMIHOUND Aug 2, 2012 05:26 AM

                  I understand. I wonder if there is a way to make a lower calorie creme fraiche?

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                    iL Divo RE: Ruthie789 Sep 16, 2012 01:19 AM


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