Who said whipped cream had to be for dessert? For years I've been making a savory whipped cream seasoned with herbs, lemon zest and capers and serving it with smoked salmon and crackers. I got the idea from a restaurant I worked at in France 15 years ago.
So here is my top-secret (well, not really), impossible-to-screw-up (yes, really) recipe. Once you get acquainted with savory whipped cream, open your fridge and branch out -- right now, I'm really into a plain horseradish version that's terrific with roast beef (a recipe attributed to Mary Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln). You could also do:
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Hot smoked paprika (to go with brandade)
Creme fraiche, ginger and lime (to dollop on top of corn soup)
Herb Cream with Capers
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
1/2 tablespoon thinly sliced chives
2 tablespoons capers, drained
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Coarse or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
In an electric mixer fitted with a whisk, beat the heavy cream until it holds a stiff peak. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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