Fresh Strawberries with Honey Vanilla Sour Cream

Fresh Strawberries with Sour Cream Dip

By Sally Cameron on May 22, 2013

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You may be planning to fire up your grill for a weekend celebrating Memorial Day with family and friends. Here’s the perfect, no-cook dessert solution. Whip sour cream with honey and vanilla to use for strawberries with sour cream dip. There’s something addictive about the sweet and tangy combination that makes them hard to stop eating.

Redwood Hill Farm & Strawberries with Sour Cream Dip

One of the fun things about being a food blogger and writer is attending special events and the opportunity to learn about fantastic products. This past weekend I was fortunate to attend a cheesemaking and tasting featuring Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics. 

This award-winning, certified humane, Grade A goat dairy farm and creamery has been family owned and operated for 45 years. They are located in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, California.

Susan Bice Redwood Hill Farm

A Lesson in Cheesemaking

With LA traffic unpredictable, the hosts were still setting up as I arrived early. Jennifer Bice (above center), Founder, Director Owner and cheesemaker at Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics, (their sister brand) was putting out delicious goat cheeses for us to taste while goat milk heated on the stovetop to make fresh ricotta cheese.

I’ll pause briefly to let you know I have two recipes to share with you from the event. The strawberries with sour cream dip is the first. The other, a baked goat feta cheese appetizer that is great for easy entertaining, to be published soon.

This dessert dip uses Green Valley Organics lactose-free sour cream. It’s not the usual sour cream. The texture is thick and rich, more like the French sour cream called creme fraiche. It’s available at Whole Foods and other grocers. If you can’t find this brand, you can use regular sour cream (what my mom did), creme fraiche (available everywhere these days), or a combination of the two. But look for the Green Valley Organics brand. It’s the best sour cream I have ever had.

Organic Valley Sour Cream

Back to dessert. Whisk sour cream with honey and vanilla together in a small bowl. Wash the berries and leave the green tops on. Use the green tops to hold the berries, like a natural handle for the creamy dip. The combination of the sweet and tang are incredible. Its an easy, no-cook solution for dessert. My mom used to serve this as a dessert and I had completely forgotten until Saturday!

strawberry dipped in sour cream

Optionally, you can offer a small bowl of natural brown sugar or coconut sugar to dip the berries into after the sour cream. That gives a bit more sweetness and a nice crunch. If you want to reduce sugar, skip this. The honey in the sour cream provides just enough sweetness with naturally sweet strawberries.

Other options? After the sour cream, dip them into finely chopped bittersweet chocolate.

strawberries with sour cream

My thanks to Andrew Wilder of Eating Rules and Erika Kerekes of In Erikas Kitchen for hosting the event. Big thanks to Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics for traveling to LA to share her amazing knowledge of cheesemaking as well as her fantastic goat cheeses, sour cream, and other wonderful dairy products.


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Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought | May 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I am still in awe of how delicious that sour cream was… lactose free and all.

    Sally | May 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    No kidding! It was almost like butter, so creamy and rich. Heavenly! So glad Whole Foods has it. Have you used yours yet?

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon | May 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Gosh, you can’t get easier than this. Nice to be able to have a dessert that takes the pressure off the cook.

Green Valley Organics | May 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Hi Sally,

Thanks for the beautiful recipe idea using our lactose-free sour cream! We’re glad you discovered it and are spreading the news! Your photos are beautiful – we love the way you subtly added in the blue color for a nice red, white and blue Memorial day picnic look! We are sharing your recipe on our Facebook and our next newsletter, due out tomorrow!

    Sally | May 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks Nancy! You have a big-time new fan here in So Cal. Two more posts coming soon with your raw goat feta, then how to make goat milk ricotta. My hats off to Redwood Hill Farm. And please thank Jennifer for me. She is amazing!

Lizzy (Good Things) | May 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I’m a huge fan of sour cream desserts… will bookmark this recipe for strawberry season in Australia ; )

Mark | June 4, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hi Sally,

This recipe sure brought back some fond memories. My grandmother used to make me strawberries and sour cream sprinkled with sugar all the time growing up as a little kid. Love the new twist with honey and vanilla……delicious! Keep em coming!

    Sally | June 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Mark. Isn’t it amazing how food can provoke such powerful memories? I had not thought of this combination for years, and when I saw it, the memories popped up for me too!

Steve Williamson | July 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Where do you buy the organic sour cream

    Sally | July 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Steve. Most any grocery store has organic sour cream these days. The most amazing brand is Green Valley Organics. Not sure where you live, so not sure if it in is your area. Check their website. if you can’t find it, use Creme Fraiche, a kind of thick, tangy French-style sour cream. You can find it at most markets often in the cheese department. Ask around.

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