Heavy cream is a staple in our home. As a Wisconsinite, I love all things dairy (and my hips don’t deny it).
For the longest time I never truly appreciated the real value of heavy cream besides whipping it for fresh whipped cream, which I absolutely love!! But then one day I found myself in a conundrum: I was out of milk but was already half way through the process of making mashed potatoes. What was a girl to do? That’s right, I used that heavy cream, and by god, they were the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.
With that said, here are 10 other uses for heavy cream:
- Bacon Gravy: Melt 2 tablespoons refrigerated bacon grease (you do have that, right? because every good cook has a container in her fridge) and top with 2-3 tablespoons flour (should look mildly pasty). Whisk over medium heat for 1 minute. Microwave 2 cups heavy cream and add to flour/grease mixture. Season with a lot of pepper and a bit of salt. Heat until thickened. Serve with chicken or steak strips and mashed potatoes.
- Creamy Dreamy Mashed Potatoes: Besides substituting milk for mashing, try cooking your finely chopped potatoes in heavy cream instead of water (learned this trick from Tyler Florence). Cook as you would regular potatoes. Don’t drain all the cream! Instead reserve 1 cup of the hot cream to use instead of milk when mashing. Use only what you need. Season as usual.
- Mashed Potato Soup: Follow the directions above for Creamy Dreamy Mashed Potatoes, only don’t drain at all! Instead, use an immersion blender to puree the potatoes. Season to your preference and top with cheese and homemade bacon bits (don’t forget to reserve that grease!).
- Drowning Brownie: Make your favorite brownie mix. While still warm, slice up squares and place in a bowl. Drizzle (or drown) with heavy cream. Enjoy your newest addiction.
- Strawberries and Cream: Or any fruit, including a fresh fruit salad, for that matter. Slice up fresh fruit—including bananas—and cover with heavy cream. Lightly sprinkle with sugar.
- Creamy Mac & Cheese: Dazzle up any box or homemade macaroni and cheese recipe by substituting the milk with heavy cream.
- Hot Chocolate: Heat heavy cream over low heat, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup (or more to your liking) of your favorite chocolate chips and melt. Try using Mexican Chocolate for a Mexican Hot Chocolate.
- Chocolate Almond Coffee Creamer: Bring 2 cups water, 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 cup sugar to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. For simply chocolate, don’t add almond.Once the syrup is completely cooled, mix with 2 cups heavy cream.
- Garlicky Cream Sauce: Follow the directions for Bacon Gravy, but instead use 1 stick butter. While cooking the flour mixture, add minced garlic according to your preference, salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Pour in the 2 cups of warm cream and simmer for 20 minutes. stirring frequently. Use this in lasagna instead of ricotta cheese!! Trust me…I’m from Wisconsin, and if I insist on replacing real cheese in lasagna for this sauce, you know it’s gotta be good!
- Gorgonzola Cream Sauce: Simply bring 2 cups of heavy cream to a soft boil. Add crumbled gorgonzola cheese, let simmer for just a minute while stirring and then serve immediately over steak or any pasta dish!
Now go get creamed!