A casual dollop of this zippy accompaniment does wonders atop smoked fish or roasted or grilled meat. (The 3 tablespoons of horseradish pack a punch, so you won’t need much!) But it also “cleans up” well with piping into fancier presentations, such as my smoked salmon-filled cream puffs, one of my New Year’s Eve staples.
Yield: About 3/4 cup mousse
Prep Talk: This mousse is best eaten right away, as it will always be at its maximum volume and freshness shortly after it’s mixed. However, it can be made a couple of days in advance of eating; just be aware that some liquid may separate and settle to the bottom of the mixture. To restore the mousse to close to its original consistency, simply drain off the excess liquid and/or gently stir until well combined.
Also, it’s tough to whip the small quantity of cream called for in this recipe in most mixers (there’s simply not enough volume to make good contact with the whisks), so I usually whip a full cup and then portion off the 1/4 cup called for in this recipe.
- 1/2 cup drained sour cream (Be sure to include no liquid, just the thickest part of the sour cream.)
- 3 tablespoons “squeeze-dried” prepared horseradish* (To squeeze-dry, place a generous amount of horseradish in a sieve over a bowl; then press it firmly with the back of a spoon or your clean fingers until it is as free of liquid as possible. Measure it only after squeeze-drying.)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed and strained lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, or more to taste
- 1/4 cup very stiffly whipped cream (As noted in Prep Talk, the cream is measured after it is whipped.)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Horseradish Mousse, The Main Attraction In This Cream Puff!
Photo by Julia M. Usher
1 | In a small bowl, stir together the drained sour cream, squeeze-dried horseradish, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
2 | Gently fold in the very stiffly whipped cream, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in a well wrapped container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
*Note: The zippy-ness of this recipe is easily modified by adjusting the quantity of horseradish to personal tastes!
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