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The Tip-Top Topping: Savory Whipped Cream Recipes

Savory whipped cream might sound a bit strange, like a passing molecular gastronomy fad, but it’s well worth a try. Go ahead, take a walk on the wild side: Once you take a taste, you’ll marvel at how you’ve survived so long without this rich, luxuriant topping, which seemingly makes every food it touches even better.

Read on to learn how to make and use this incredible whipped topping to make savory dishes people will rave about!

How to cook with savory whipped cream

Top right: Steak on a gas grill via Craftsy instructor Bruce Aidells; all other photos via CakeSpy

Savory whipped creams are a creative substitute for compound butters, which makes them a fun and yet seriously delicious accompaniment to a perfectly cooked steak. Far from a one trick pony, however, these savory whipped creams are appropriate whenever you’d normally consider applying a dollop of sour cream or crème fraîche to a recipe.

Best of all, savory whipped cream is easy to make. You mix the whipped cream as if it’s any normal day, while knowing in your heart that it’s not a normal day for whipped cream because once it becomes fluffy, you’re folding in savory flavorings. Easy as that.

While the flavorings you can add to your savory whipped cream are virtually endless, these three simple recipes show how savory whipped cream can be used from morning to night in your cooking projects.

Savory whipped cream is easy and creative

Whipped cream tips:

  • If you really love an assertively flavored whipped cream, you can add as much as double of any of the flavoring ingredients.
  • Follow general whipped cream wisdom when making savory whipped cream: Chill the cream, your bowl and your mixers before preparing a batch to ensure you attain the perfect texture.
  • Garnish foods with savory whipped cream directly before serving to preserve your pretty presentation, as it may start to “wilt” a few minutes after garnishing warm dishes. Attaining a stiff peak texture before folding in flavorings will also help.
  • Savory whipped cream can be piped on to dishes to make your food look extra fancy.
  • While savory whipped cream is best the same day made, it can be made several hours ahead and kept in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve.
  • You can pair savory whipped cream with dessert! A chili-infused whipped cream, for instance, would pair nicely with brownies, and a basil-lemon flavored whipped cream would be a delight with a lemon tart.

Herbed sriracha whipped cream

Savory whipped cream for breakfast

The subtle herbs are amped up with fiery chili sauce for this savory whipped cream, which is shown pictured atop a bowl of cheesy grits. It would also make a fine accompaniment to chili or soup, or paired with eggs.

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de provence
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or a hand mixer fitted with whisk attachments, whip the cream on high speed. Bring the mixture to stiff peaks. Stop the mixer.

Step 2:

Add the remaining ingredients at the same time, and gently fold them into the whipped cream using a spatula. Don’t continue using the whisk as bits can get stuck and you might over-whip the mixture.

Caper-onion whipped cream

Sandwich with savory whipped cream

This savory whipped cream includes the salty brine of capers complemented by flavorful green onions and the pleasant “bite” of a spicy mustard. It’s a fantastic choice for sandwiches and burgers (as a bonus, it’s tasty for dipping fries, chips, or pretzels, too), a spicy soup such as gazpacho, or placed atop a salad in place of cheese.

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons capers, blotted very dry
  • 1 /2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sliced green onion

Step 1:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or a hand mixer fitted with whisk attachments, whip the cream on high speed. Bring the mixture to stiff peaks. Stop the mixer.

Step 2:

Add the remaining ingredients at the same time, and gently fold them into the whipped cream using a spatula (don’t continue using the whisk as bits can get stuck and you might overwhip).

“Better than butter” whipped cream

Savory whipped cream with herbs

Chives, thyme, sage, and rosemary make a fantastic pairing as a steak or meat topping. A small amount of butter not only adds extra flavor, but acts to stabilize the whipped cream a bit more.

Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped

Step 1:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or a hand mixer fitted with whisk attachments, whip the cream on high speed. Bring the mixture to soft peaks, and pause mixing for a moment. Add the softened butter, and begin mixing again, until the mixture has attained stiff peaks.

Step 2:

Add the remaining ingredients at the same time, and gently fold them into the whipped cream using a spatula (don’t continue using the whisk as bits can get stuck and you might overwhip).

Have you ever tried savory whipped cream?

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