Fresh Strawberries with Honey-Vanilla Sour Cream

by Sally on May 22, 2013 · 8 comments

in Dessert

fresh strawberries

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

Redwood Hill Farm

One of the fun things about being a food 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), 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 three recipes to share with you from the event. The strawberries with the honey-vanilla sour cream dip is the first. The other two will be published soon – a baked goat feta cheese appetizer and an easy, homemade goat milk ricotta cheese. All are heavenly and easy!

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.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.

Fresh Strawberries with Honey-Vanilla Sour Cream

The perfect no-cook dessert for friends and family: fresh strawberries with a sweet and tangy sour cream dip made with vanilla and honey. What could be easier. Look for the Green Valley Organics brand of sour cream. It’s rich and thick, more like the French sour cream called Creme Fraiche. It you can’t find that, use either regular sour cream or a combination of sour cream and creme fraiche.

Serves: About 6-8 (leftover dip keeps well)

Ingredient

  • 1 – 16 ounce container of sour cream (preferably Green Valley Organics)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of real vanilla extract
  • 2 -3 teaspoons of mild honey
  • Fresh strawberries, washed, stems left on
  • Organic light brown sugar or coconut sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Add the sour cream, vanilla and honey to a small bowl and whisk together until smooth and creamy. Serve with fresh strawberries as a dip. For added sweetness and crunch, offer a small bowl of brown sugar to sprinkle on berries or dip into after the sour cream.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 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.

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2 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?

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3 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.

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4 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!

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5 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!

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6 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 ; )

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7 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!

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8 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!

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