So I've been vegan for a few weeks now and although I'm trying to avoid the processed vegan items I would like to have a sour cream alternative I can use for special occasions (like dip for the superbowl). I have tried the Tofutti Sour Supreme and it made me gag! The texture and taste were horrible I thought I was eating spackle! Anyone know of any recipes that might be better? I saw the Tofu Cream recipe in The Kind Diet book and didn't know if it was like sour cream and if anyone else hated Tofutti and loved this or another recipe. Any input is fabulous, thanks!
I'm probably not the best person to answer, as I have hated sour cream ever since I could remember. I will probably NEVER attempt to taste the Tofutti sour cream by itself, but I have used it in dips and such (like Alicia's Oozey, cheesey guac dip) and it's fabulous when it's mixed with something, I think! Once you blend it with the taco seasonings and add it to all the other ingredients, I don't think you can tell the taste apart. My co-workers ask me to bring this dip all the time to work events, and everyone gobbles it up, so I really think it's how you prepare it...
said#3Jan 31, 2011 at 10:48am
Hrm, weird. When I was transitioning, I'd keep both around (real sour cream and Tofutti) and I couldn't tell the difference between the two. Did you try just the sour cream or was it with/in something? I've never thought sour cream had a "yummy" taste all on it's own though so maybe that was a part of it? I also get the plain version of Tofutti Sour Cream (http://www.tofutti.com/ss-hydro.shtml) not the Supreme.
Never tried the recipe in the book but for "special occasion" type things, I found finding "my" substitute worked much better for me than trying to replace something I formerly loved. For example, mashed potato done vegan my way (hard mashed, highly herbed and fried) rather than "subbing" in veggie milks, butters, etc.
have you thought to try a "plain yogurt" alternative? Like soy or coconut? I'm only on day 26 of my 30 days vegan so I haven't tried the yogurt yet, but I'm told its good. I plan on trying it later. When I was eating dairy though I replaced sour cream and mayo in allot of dip recipes with plain greek yogurt. I've heard they have a soy greek yogurt...
Thanks for the advice everyone! I have tried coconut yogurt and love it but it's too runny to sub for sour cream. I was kinda wondering if the tofutti needed to be mixed with taco seasoning or whatever, so I shall try it again! guacamole bean dip here i come!
I've not used the Tofutti sour cream by itself, say like on a baked potato or something. I've always made a dip with it or used it in dishes for a creamy taste. I make my vegan ranch dip with the sour cream, some Vegenaise, and other herbs and spices, and I love it! All my non-vegans friends love it too and they don't even know the difference.
It may taste wierd to you if you are used to the dairy version. My reccomendation would be to stay away from replacement foods (mock meats, nondairy sour cream, etc) until you have been vegan long enough you don't have a vivid memory of what the dairy/meat version tasted like. Some things just don't taste the same! Several years ago when I had an unsucessful attempt at being vegan, I jumped right into faux cheeses and meats. It didn't go well, because I was comparing them to the dairy/meat versions. This time, I waited until I no longer had any cravings for dairy/meat whatsoever to start using Tofutti stuff or veggie dogs or whatever. And I couldn't really tell the difference! I knew it wasn't the same, but it didn't bother me. My tastebuds weren't expecting some other texture/flavor, so there wasn't a chance of getting grossed out (like when you go to take a drink of say, water, and grab the wrong glass that has something you don't like in it). Now, I occasionally buy the sour cream to put on soup or a baked potato, and I think it tastes wonderful. Same with cheese; I rarely buy faux cheese (and usually only Daiya or the soy feta crumbles), but when I do I love it and don't compare it to what I used to eat.