Falafel Tacos with Spiced Citrus Crema
In this fun Middle Eastern-meets-Mexican gluten-free dish, Silvana Nardone serves falafel in corn tortillas with sour cream that she doctors with citrus juices as well as cumin and fennel.
Citrus Crema Catalana
Alex Urena learned this recipe for the Spanish version of creme brulee from the grandmother of a friend he met while training at Spain's famed El Bulli restaurant. The silky texture is irresistible.
Spicy Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Crema
For a healthier version of this crema, try using nonfat Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream.
Roasted Fish Tacos with Avocado Crema and Mango
For a brilliant (and slightly healthier) take on crema, Phoebe Lapine blends avocado with the sour cream.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Scallions and Cilantro Crema
Topped with a garlicky crema, these fish tacos are messy to eat in the best way.
Chicken & Poblano Tacos with Crema
This is a variation on the chorizo tacos that Justin Large makes at Big Star. You can replace the chicken strips with chorizo; for a vegetarian taco, Large recommends subbing in crumbled spiced tofu.
Corn and Bacon Soup with Jalapeño Crema
"In the summer, we get great corn from Chino Farms [in Rancho Santa Fe, California]; it's really delicious," says Wolfgang Puck. He uses both creamy grated corn and sauteed kernels to make this satisfying soup, which he serves with a chile-spiked cream. "My young son Oliver loves the sweetness of the corn soup," Puck continues. "But I don't give him any jalapeno crema."
Grilled Mango with Crema, Cilantro and Pumpkin Seeds
This grilled mango is as delicious as it is gorgeous. For perfect grill marks, rotate the mango pieces 45 degrees halfway through cooking.
Lime-Marinated Chicken Tacos with Grilled Scallions and Crema
When grilled, scallions become sweet and silky, making these fast chicken tacos taste deliciously complex.
Spiced Chicken Tacos with Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado Crema
For a super-healthy take on crema, blend avocado with thick and creamy nonfat Greek yogurt.
Rajas Con Crema Macaroni and Cheese
This quick stovetop mac and cheese is based on rajas con crema, a classic Mexican dish of roasted green chiles sauteed with onion and finished with cream. Canned green chiles make a fine shortcut in this case.
Ancho-and-Honey-Glazed Salmon with Black Bean Sauce and Jalapeño Crema
A recipe from Bobby Flay, from the 2007 Classic in Aspen.
Shrimp Tacos with Edamame Succotash and Avocado Crema
Every component of these quick and easy shrimp tacos is packed with flavor. The shrimp are tossed with ancho chile powder and roasted in the oven, the succotash is laced with fresh lime juice, and the "crema" is a tangy blend of avocado and Greek yogurt. Because the corn in the succotash is raw, use peak season summer corn; or opt for frozen, which is already cooked.