It’s not that we haven’t been paying attention to it: We’ve lightened it with Greek yogurt, infused it, flavored it with chocolate, and enhanced its staying power with crème fraîche. But no matter how we’re tweaking it, we’re always using whipped cream for dessert—dolloped next to slices of flourless chocolate cake, layered over cookies for icebox cake, or relegated to the role of pie garnish. Even when we don’t add any sugar to it, whipped cream is firmly ensconced within our brains as something sweet.
Except it doesn’t have to be—after all, we don't think twice about using cream in gratins, creamy soups, and pasta dishes. Whipped cream can just as easily be nudged to the savory side, too. Start using salty whipped cream on appetizers (like bites of melon and prosciutto perhaps?) and every vegetable in sight (asparagus! peas! corn!). Spoon it into a bowl and use it as a dip or spread it on sandwiches. However you choose to use it, as with sweet whipped cream, you're going to want to lick the bowl.