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Aug 1, 2012 12:20 PM

Substitute for Creme Fraiche

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. 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,

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

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

        1. 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?

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

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            1. re: VitalForce

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

              1. re: Ruthie789

                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.

                1. re: SIMIHOUND

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