You've run out of sour cream, but need some for a dish you're making. Try one of these substitutes:
- Plain yogurt. Keep in mind that yogurt is a thinner consistency, but it can be subbed easily for sour cream as a topping or in dips. Opt for greek yogurt if possible.
- Quark. This German-style fresh cheese has a creamy texture with a taste similar to sour cream, though again with a slightly thinner consistency. It makes a great substitute in dips and soups, as well as a topping.
- 1/3 cup butter + 3/4 cup buttermilk or yogurt. This blend of butter and buttermilk/yogurt will give you a substitute that has a similar texture and taste to sour cream. It works well for subbing into baked goods and sauces. 1 cup of the butter/buttermilk or yogurt blend = 1 cup of sour cream.