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Sour Cream Tartar Sauce

As long as I remember my mom always made homemade Sour Cream Tartar Sauce. It is really quick to prepare, delicious to eat and can be paired with number of savory dishes for you to enjoy. I can’t recall last time I had a store bought tartar sauce.

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SOUR CREAM TARTAR SAUCE

Today I’m going to show you how I make super easy and delicious homemade Sour Cream Tartar Sauce.

INGREDIENTS

  • Sour Cream, Light Sour Cream or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Dill Pickle
  • Pickled Carrots (optional) – I make my own pickled and use carrots as fillers in the jar
  • Finely chopped onion or shallot
  • Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Honey or Sugar
  • Salt, Ground Pepper
  • Lemon juice (optional)

DILL PICKLE AND ONION

When I was little I used to help my mom with making of tartar sauce. It’s super easy. Let’s do it.

Just like years ago I follow the same steps to make it now. 1st I finely grate a dill pickle and pickled carrot (optional). When I make homemade dill pickles,with pickles I also pickle few sliced carrots. They are delicious to munch on and I also use them in my tartar sauce, too. If you don’t have pickled carrots no worries, skip it. It’s fine. I mainly like it for the color it lends to the sauce.

With grated dill I also add little bit of finely chopped onion. Red, yellow onion works well. Or you can also use green onion or shallots. As a matter of fact today I used shallots. Be sure to only add a small amount of finely dices onion otherwise onion tends to overpower tartar sauce.

HOMEMADE SOUR CREAM TARTAR SAUCE

In a bowl combine all the ingredients. Stir well. Taste and season with salt and a pepper according to your specific taste. If you prefer it little more acidic stir in 1tsp lemon juice or dill pickle brine juice. Chill for 10 minutes.

CAN I USE GREEK YOGURT IN PLACE OF SOUR CREAM?

Absolutely. Because a slight acidity of Greek Yogurt you might need to add little more honey or sugar.

I DON’T LIKE HONEY, CAN I USE SUGAR INSTEAD?

Of course, you can can use sugar in place of honey. Be sure to use just a tiny bit.

I’D LIKE TO ADD SOME HERBS. WHAT KIND OF HERBS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Dill or chives, parsley and thyme.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH SOUR CREAM TARTAR SAUCE?

I love it with Potatoes, Fried Cheese, Baked Breaded Zucchini, Fish or Beef Brisket. What do you eat tartar sauce with?

HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE LAST?

I store sour cream tartar sauce in the fridge for up to 2 days.

TO MAKE HOMEMADE TARTAR SAUCE YOU NEED

MORE SIDE DISHES :

Sour Cream Tartar Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Chilling
10 mins
 

Make 3/4 cup. Perfect condiments that goes with everything.

Course: Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, German, Slovak
Keyword: sour cream tartar sauce, tartar sauce
Servings: 4
Hanielas.com: Hani Bacova
Ingredients
Sour Cream Tartar Sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, light or full fat
  • 3 tbsp finely graded dill pickle (one medium dill pickle) (I use my homemade dill pickles or Polish Dill Pickles)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped onion or shallot
  • 1 small pickled carrot (optional) (I can dill pickles with pieces of carrots and I use these carrots in this Sour Cream Tartar Sauce recipe, this ingredient is optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice or dill pickle juice (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
Instructions
Sour Cream Tartar Sauce
  1. In a bowl finely grate pickle (I medium pickle, about 5 inches long) and pickled carrot(1tbsp-optional). Finely dice 1/4 of a small onion (about 1tbsp). Add finely diced onion to finely grated pickle and carrot. Stir. Then add sour cream (1/2 cup), dijon mustard (1/2tsp), Worcestershire sauce (1/2tsp), honey (1/2tsp to 3/4 tsp),black pepper (1/8tsp). Stir well. Season with salt. Taste. If you need to make sauce little more acidic add lemon juice or dill pickle juice (1tsp). Stir well. Chill for 10 minutes.

  2. Don't be afraid to experiment. Add finely chopped parsley, dill.

Recipe Notes

CAN I USE LOW FAT SOUR CREAM?

Yes, you can.

I’M ALLERGIC TO HONEY  CAN I USE SUGAR?

Yes, use another sweetener instead.

CAN I USE GREEK YOGURT INSTEAD OF SOUR CREAM?

Yes you can use Greek yogurt.

CAN I USE ANOTHER TYPE OF PICKLE?

Sure. However be sure adjust salt in the recipe if using very salty pickles. Mostly likely you can skip additional salt in the recipe if using salty pickles.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE SOUR CREAM TARTAR SAUCE WITH?

I like it with fried cheese stick, potatoe, with chicken, breaded zucchini. 

 

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One Comment

  1. This sounds so fresh and delicious! I love tarter sauce on fried fish and crab cakes. Will definitely try this on your roasted cauliflower .

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