Herb Cream with Capers

January 8, 2010

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: 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:
hot smoked paprika (to go with brandade); or

creme fraiche, ginger and lime (to dollop on top of corn soup).
Amanda Hesser

Serves: 4


  • 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 This Recipe


  1. 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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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

nsj January 14, 2010
Lynne, will you post the your chickpea-potato cakes! Thanks.
Lynne F. January 14, 2010
Sure, with pleasure. I'm in a bit of a rush today, I'll try to get to it by tomorrow, it's a great recipe!
Lynne F. January 16, 2010
Hi, nsj :) Recipe has been posted under Samosa-style Chickpea Potato Cakes. Enjoy!
Lynne F. January 9, 2010
Thanks so much for reminding me of savory whipped cream. I made this using green onion and chopped coriander instead, to serve with chickpea-potato cakes (kind of samosa but just breaded, no chiles because of my 3 yr-old). The crunchiness of the cakes, the airiness of the cream, it was a gorgeous match. Owe you :)
Author Comment
Amanda H. August 1, 2010
Chickpea-potato cakes sound good! Thanks for trying out the cream.
mtrelaun January 8, 2010
I love this idea, Amanda! Can you make the cream a little ahead of time and refrigerate, or can it only be prepared à la minute?
Author Comment
Amanda H. January 8, 2010
You can definitely make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. Wouldn't leave it for more than 4 hours though.