Sour cream: It’s rich, tangy, refreshing and so many dishes (like tacos, baked potatoes and French onion dip) wouldn’t be the same without it. It makes cakes and cookies supremely moist, brings a much-needed zing of acidity to a wide range of appetizers and mains, and adds cooling creaminess to a variety of sauces, dressings and dips.
In honor of the underappreciated condiment—which often languishes, half-full, in the back of our fridge until it’s past its expiration date—we’ve rounded up 33 of the best recipes with sour cream that prove its magical properties beyond a shadow of a doubt. With these desserts, dips, dinners and side dishes in your back pocket, you can finally take advantage of every last dollop. (Psst: Vegan friends, skip all the way to number 33 on this list to make your own vegan sour cream to sub in any of these recipes.)