by Texas Homesteader~
Sour cream is something I enjoy from time to time, although RancherMan’s never been a fan. I prefer sour cream on my baked potatoes instead of butter. And I enjoy sour cream topping quesadillas. There are actually lots of ways I enjoy it.
But since it’s not consumed regularly it seems a waste to buy a tub of it just to throw most of it away. And c’mon, sour cream’s a little less than healthy #amiright?
So instead I use my own homemade yogurt for a healthy substitute for sour cream.
Jump to Recipe
I already use my homemade yogurt for many different products in our home. It’s healthy and it’s delicious and oh-so-cheap.
For instance, I make a delicious Chocolate Fudgesicle that uses yogurt as the base and is sweetened with honey.
It’s a healthy sweet treat that’s cold and refreshing during those hot & humid summer months. RancherMan loves these.
And when we’re enjoying salad, I like to whip up my own Creamy Salad Dressing. It also uses healthy yogurt as a creamy base.
And I can whip up this healthy salad dressing in only about 1 minute too.
I mean, if you’re trying to eat healthy by having salad, it’s counter-productive to top it with an unhealthy salad dressing!
But today I’m going to use some of that homemade yogurt to make a healthier sour cream substitute. And it’s easy to make!
Healthier Sour Cream Substitute
If you have Greek yogurt you can use that to make this sour cream super fast! But I always use my own homemade yogurt.
Because, you know, #UseWhatchaGot.
Now my yogurt is not as thick as Greek yogurt. No worries, I can easily fix that!
I first measure out about 1/2 cup yogurt. Then I place it in a cotton cloth and tie it onto my kitchen faucet with a rubber band. This allows the whey to slowly drain away from the yogurt.
The resulting texture of my yogurt is much thicker. Some people may want to capture and reuse the whey that’s drained away. But this is such a small amount that I typically just allow it to drip into the sink.
After about 30 minutes I’ll remove the cloth and open it up to inspect my yogurt. If it’s as thick as I want it, I commence to the next step. If not I’ll hang it for a few minutes more.
Mixing Up The Ingredients
When the yogurt is as thick as I want, I’ll add a small amount of lemon juice. and stir it in to incorporate it.
On this day I’m making Southwest Quesadillas. So I also stir in a sprinkling of garlic powder and onion powder. It just adds a little extra flavor. And why not?? Customizing the flavors is a great benefit of making these things yourself!
Then everything is placed in the refrigerator until I’m ready to use it.
Homemade Sour Cream Garnish
For my quesadillas I’m using flour tortillas. I cut strips of red & orange bell pepper and strips of onion too. Then I tossed it all on my griddle with a small amount of bacon grease. I sautéed the veggies until they were tender-crisp.
The sautéed veggies were set aside and I gave my griddle another light coating of bacon grease. I placed tortillas on the griddle and topped each one with cheese and the sautéed veggies.
Since I’m making Southwest Quesadillas I also wanted to sprinkle a small amount of drained black beans and drained corn on top. Not much, maybe a spoonful of each.
Finally I folded the tortillas in half and grilled each side until golden brown. Then we’re all done.
A small dollop of my sour cream substitute and lunch was served!
I’ve not had to purchase sour cream in years. I always have homemade yogurt available for my own homemade (and healthier) version.
I feel good finding yet another way to make for myself products that I used to have to buy.
Healthier Sour Cream Substitute Recipe
- 1/3 cup Unflavored Greek Yogurt (or drain 1/2 cup regular yogurt in cheesecloth to make thicker)
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- salt to taste
If using regular unflavored yogurt, tie about 1/2 cup of yogurt into a square of cheesecloth and hang for about 30 minutes to allow whey to drain away. If using thicker Greek yogurt continue on to directions.
Stir all ingredients together and store in the refrigerator.
1/4 tsp garlic and/or onion powder.
If making a Mexican dish you can also season with chopped fresh cilantro or chives
Other Favorite Condiments
- Homemade Mayonnaise
- Baconnaise – Bacon-Flavored Mayonnaise
- Fast Food: Basic Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce
- Honey-Sweetened, Smoky BBQ Sauce
- BBQ Rub & Beer-Based Mop Sauce Recipe
- Thousand Island Salad Dressing
- 1-Minute Creamy Salad Dressing Filled With Probiotics
- Sweet/Savory Pear Relish
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Fresh Herb & Olive Oil HERB BOMBS
- Quick Garlic/Herb Sauce Using Fresh Herbs
- Oats Can Substitute Easily For Bread Crumbs
- MYO Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells
- Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce
…and MUCH more
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