Got a tub of sour cream in your fridge that you want to put to use? Beyond chilies and nachos, there are many ways to use sour cream in dishes. In fact, it can often make the perfect replacement for cream cheese or mayonnaise. Below are just a few unique ways to use up that sour cream.

Mashed potato

Sour cream is a secret ingredient favored by many chefs when preparing the perfect mashed potato. What makes sour cream so good? Firstly, it can result in a creamy texture. Secondly, it can add a subtle tang that can help to balance out the rich starchy taste of the potato. You can replace milk and butter with sour cream, or you can use them in equal parts together. Adding chives along with sour cream can further enhance the tangy flavor (use freshly cut chives for a sharper taste).


Most cheesecakes are prepared using cream cheese or mascarpone. However, sour cream is also a popular ingredient (in fact, many New York cheesecakes use sour cream instead of cream cheese). Sour cream can add extra moisture and an extra tangy flavor. This tang goes really well with cheesecakes that incorporate lemons or tart fruits like raspberries. You can read more here about using sour cream in a cheesecake. Make sure that the sour cream is suitably sweetened so that it doesn’t come across too savory. 

Blueberry muffins

Trying to bake blueberry muffins, but struggling to maintain the right amount of moisture? You should try these absolutely delicious blueberry muffins with sour cream. Using sour cream results in a fluffy texture and can provide a subtle tang to compliment the blueberries. This is a secret ingredient used by many bakeries. You can add an extra bakery finish by topping off your muffins with a crumb mixture.

Potato salad

Adding sour cream instead of mayo to potato salad is a game-changer. Mayonnaise can be very heavy and can risk overpowering the potatoes if you add too much. Sour cream makes for a much lighter option that is less filling, while also adding a tangy flavor that can pair well with the potatoes. Next time you’re at a summer cookout and you’re preparing potato salad, try using sour cream to see the difference. As with sour cream mash, try adding chives into the mix to add an extra kick of herby flavor. Onions and garlic can also go well with sour cream in potato salad. 

Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs that are typically topped with mayo and mustard (plus sometimes a sprinkle of paprika or tabasco). These traditional canapes taste great in their original form, but it’s possible to add a tasty spin to them by replacing mayonnaise with sour cream. This results in a lighter and tangier taste. Sour cream on deviled eggs works particularly well topped with bacon and chives. Next time you’re throwing a dinner party and you want to serve a few appetizers, give these deviled eggs a go. 

Beef Stroganoff

While beef stroganoff may seem like such an easy recipe, it’s one of those that truly require sour cream to create not only the depth of flavor but the actual gravy itself. Utilizing a combination of spices, stew meat, or cut-up pieces of beef, mushrooms, egg noodles, and sour cream creates a flavorful, hearty, and comfort food dish. It’s a quick 30-minute meal but it’s perfect for family night or a warm meal on a cold evening. I have an awesomely easy recipe that you can follow for my “best beef stroganoff” that would make dinner a breeze.

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Sour cream is such an underappreciated ingredient – but it’s one that you’ll find in my fridge daily. We use it in our dishes consistently and my hope is that this post will help give you some ideas on how to do so too. What kinds of dishes do you use sour cream in?

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Summer is in full swing here in Hawaii and that means that my family and I will be making good use of our grill.  Grilling, Barbequing or as we like to call it in Hawaii – Pulehu is such a great thing to do during the summer months because we not only enjoy our time together, but we also have great food and company.  Today I’m going to be sharing with you a new tool that we have been including in our grilling ventures – the Triple Stainless Steel Grill Brush from Cave Tools.  I’ve reviewed products from Cave Tools before and my husband and I absolutely love what we have tried from the brand, but I think this particular one is our favorite.

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The Grill Brush from Cave Tools has triple stainless steel bristles and a rust proof design.  Retailing for $19.99 (currently on sale for $12.99) this Grill brush is well made with a rust proof, water proof and snow proof design.

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This grill brush has stainless steel bristles that wrap all the way around the top giving you better cleaning angles and longer lasting durability.  What I love is that it’s easy to hold which makes cleaning your grill easy to do and control and hold are easy because of the angle of the brush.  The handle and clip is very heavy duty and keeps all 3 brushes tight together for maximum cleaning power or all different types of grill plates and the bristles are safe for use on porcelain.

We used this grill brush to test against baked and cooked on pork ribs and barbeque sauce and after heating up the grill and using the grill brush to clean the grill – the grit and everything stuck on removed easily and with little effort.

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After a quick use of the Cave Tools Grill Brush – we were able to get the grill clean and ready for steaks.

What I love the most about this brush is that it is 100% Rust Proof.  We leave our grill brushes outside and have gone through MANY of them in the past (as you can see the remnants of one in the picture above).  Each grill brush we have used has rusted on us in a matter of a few short weeks.  This grill brush has taken a beating and still keeps going looking like new.  We live in Hawaii where the salt air tends to rust everything we own and this brush has held up to the elements.  Cave Tools has battle tested the brush through rain and snow and it has held up in our weather too.

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Cave Tools has a Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee on this product.  If at any point you are unhappy with your grill brush, you can return it for a full money back refund.  I also love Cave Tools customer service and the fact that most of their products comes with 25 Professional Recipes with instructions and detailed tutorial videos to use to create awesome recipes for your family’s summer cookouts.

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Happy Foodie Friday!  Today I decided it was about time I shared my super simple beef stroganoff recipe.  It’s not the healthiest, but most comfort food really isn’t, to be honest. Yet, you can make it super delicious by investing in some good quality meat like wagyu beef tallow. Investing in better ingredients can make the wholesome meal even tastier and more exciting.

While I did make some changes and adapted this recipe for myself and my family, I took the base and root of this meal from my mommy who would cook it for us when we were kids.  What makes Beef Stroganoff so delicious and such a great comfort meal is that it has a hearty taste and flavor to it.  It’s perfect on those chilly evenings as a warm alternative to soup and of course, because of the pasta in the recipe, it really makes for a great comforting dish.  I made this recipe to be an easy one so that I could dinner on the table for those nights when we just didn’t have the time to slave in the kitchen for hours.  In about 30 minutes, this meal is cooked and ready to go.  Follow the video for a step-by-step outline of what to do.  I hope you enjoy this dish as much as my family does.  Bon Appetite.

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Supplies / Ingredients needed: 

  • 1 Tablespoon Kikkoman Soy Sauce or Aloha Shoyu – any type of soy sauce
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp minced or fresh garlic
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup sour cream
  • garlic salt or rock salt to taste
  • fresh parsley or parsley flakes – chopped, added for garnish and to taste as seasoning
  • 2 tbsp chopped white/round onion
  • pepper to taste
  • 10.5 oz. canned cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 16 oz. / 1 lb. bag wide egg noodles
  • 1 lb. of beef – you can select to choose steak, stew meat or whatever works for you or you have on hand
  • 16 oz container white cap mushrooms or whatever mushrooms you have on hand (chopped or sliced)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of water or beef stalk


  1. Add butter to your hot pan / skillet and allow to melt
  2. Cut up your meat to small bit size pieces and cook/brown meat until you have it at the right temperature completeness you are looking for
  3. Add your garlic and onion to your pan and cook in the butter
  4. Add your meat to the garlic, onion and butter mixture  (in the video I added the chopped onion flakes later, but if you are using fresh onion, add now)
  5. Add Worcestershire sauce
  6. Sprinkle in the seasoning you want to use:  parsley flakes, garlic salt or rock salt, pepper, herbs, etc.
  7. Start boiling your egg noodles – they take approximately 7-9 minutes to cook
  8. Add your sliced/chopped mushrooms to your beef mixture
  9. Once the mushrooms have softened, you’ll start working on your sauce
  10. Add 1/2 cup of water to stretch out the beef flavor, you can use beef stalk if you want
  11. Add 1 1/2 tbsp to your beef and sauce mixture and stir well, let cook to thicken
  12. Add your whole can of cream of mushroom soup, mix into your sauce and with meat well
  13. Add sour cream to the mixture and combine
  14. Add Soy Sauce and combine well
  15. Allow the stroganoff to simmer for 10 minutes
  16. When egg noodles are done, drain water and plate noodles
  17. Pour stroganoff over noodles and sprinkle some parsley as garnish on top
  18. If you are like my family – you can take your egg noodles and combine with stroganoff in the pan and serve that way as well.

I hope you and your family enjoy this really simple recipe.  I usually cook this meal when I have some left over stew meat or steak in the freezer and since we always have egg noodles on hand, it makes for a great meal.  This meal is simple and easy.   You can decide to add some vegetables on the side or a side salad to complete the meal or eat it as is.  Like I mentioned previously – this is the type of meal that is perfect for cuddle weather – it’s warm and hearty, but not a soup, so it makes a great and quick meal for any time of year.


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This recipe is one that my mother showed me as a child and one I adapted to include other ingredients.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and this is not a sponsored post.  Affiliate links are posted through out.