Half-and-half — a combination of equal parts whole milk and heavy cream — is a versatile ingredient that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. Not only does it elevate the texture and flavor profile of your recipes but it also makes them richer, creamier, and full of flavor.
Do you have a carton of leftover half and half and are looking for interesting ways to add it to your recipes? Here are 24 lip-smacking recipes with half and half — ranging from garlic cream sauce to chicken lazone — that you can use as inspiration to get started.
#1. Bread Pudding
This dessert recipe uses day-old bread, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla to make the perfect dessert for dinner parties and gatherings. Serve it warm with a dollop of vanilla sauce on top. This recipe takes just 45 minutes to bake! Now you know which recipe to turn to in a pinch or craving something sweet.
This rich, thick, comforting bowl of soup will soon become your go-to meal for the cold, winter months. To make, cook all the ingredients together, then puree them in a blender until the consistency is to your preference. Top it with remaining cheddar cheese and serve with crusty bread to soak up all the delicious flavors!
This delicious copycat recipe is inspired by Chili’s cajun chicken pasta, so you know it’s going to be finger-lickin’ good! Perfectly cooked chicken breasts with Cajun seasoning combined with decadent pasta that gets its creaminess from the star of the show — half and half — create a stunning meal. Garnish with tomatoes and green onions and serve!
#4. Chicken Lazone
In this Cajun dish, chicken breasts are pan-fried in butter and flavored with a homemade seasoning mix. And while that flavor boost is truly otherworldly, the mouthwatering sauce that coats the bed of noodles takes this meal to another level! It’s creamy and delicious, and when topped with chicken and garnished with parsley, positively divine.
Craving the yummy flavors of fall? This easy recipe creates buttery soft, delightfully tasty pumpkin scones that are a beautiful blend of spicy and sweet, with extra half and half brushed on top! They take less than 2 hours to make (including chilling for 1 hour)! You can also make them ahead of time and store leftovers for later use.
Breakfast quiche with bacon, eggs, and cheese? What more could we possibly ask for? To make, pour a mix of egg, onion, bacon, and cheese seasoned with nutmeg, half and half, and paprika into a pre-baked pie shell and bake. Garnish this flavorsome breakfast dish with parsley to serve.
This easy, classic dessert recipe with half-and-half might just become your favorite! To make, throw all your liquid ingredients together in a pan, and once the mixture is cooled, transfer it to a baked pie shell and chill. Once it’s set, top with whipped cream and coconut to create a next-level dessert everyone will love.
Here’s a recipe to make velvety smooth cookies and cream ice cream without eggs! All you need is your favorite cookie, half and half, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream — it makes for a fantastic refreshing treat for hot summer days.
Make an incredibly cheesy and creamy baked mac and cheese by adding rich and creamy half and half, three different types of cheese, and a super crispy panko crumb topping. It’s the perfect spin on an all-time-favorite comfort dish, delivering an ultra-indulgent meal!
To make this warm, hearty dinner soup, boil chopped potatoes, celery, onion, ham, and carrots until cooked, then whisk in chicken bouillon with seasonings. Make the roux with half and half, milk, butter, and minced garlic, and whisk until thick. Add it to the veggies and meat and mix well, Serve with your favorite toppings to enjoy.
#11. Garlic Cream Sauce
This recipe uses only 6 ingredients — butter, flour, garlic, half-and-half, parmesan cheese, and parsley — to make an incredibly yummy garlic cream sauce in as little as 20 minutes! It’s highly versatile and can be paired with various dishes. Serve this creamy, garlicky, rich sauce with pasta, your choice of protein like chicken or shrimp, or add in bakes and lasagna!
#12. Glazed Apple Cookies
Soft, gooey, and oh-so-delicious, these glazed apple cookies will satisfy all of your sweet tooth cravings and then some!. It calls for using traditional cookie ingredients as well as half and half, apples, and raisins to bake the most amazing cookies, ready to be devoured!
This copycat recipe takes just 2 minutes to whip up a refreshing drink! To make, blend ice cubes, freshly brewed or cooled coffee, half and half, granulated sugar, and fudge sauce in a blender until smooth. Pour into a glass filled with ice cubes to make a perfect frothy drink for summer.
Want to take your gravy recipes to next-level deliciousness? This creamy rich sausage gravy recipe is made with ingredients like pork sausage, butter, half-and-half, flour, and seasonings (to taste) with a hint of thyme. Best served ladled over waffles, potatoes, or fried chicken!
This decadently rich dessert is the epitome of comfort food! Made simply with half and half, sugar, butter, vanilla bean, and cornstarch, enjoy this sweet, smooth, creamy, and comforting treat as-is or use it as a pie filling or top it with whipped cream!
Tender beef pieces smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce, this easy, delicious meal is also super easy to make. Use unsalted butter, vegetables, half-and-half, beef broth, seasonings, and cornstarch to prepare this quick weekday meal. Once everything has been cooked together, stir in some chopped parsley and serve with your favorite sides.
A warm, gooey pumpkin bread pudding — the perfect dessert — is made by layering soaked buttery bread coated with pumpkin custard chock full of warm spices, chopped pecans, and raisins, and sliding it into the oven to bake. To serve, drizzle with caramel sauce and top with a scoop of whipped cream dusted with cinnamon sugar.
#18. Quick Salmon Chowder
This recipe uses half and half instead of heavy cream to provide a lighter, more delicious alternative to make this flavorsome chowder. The recipe calls for using canned salmon, bacon, and a slew of seasonings to create the perfect warm meal. Once cooked, season the chowder to taste and ladle it into bowls to serve.
A pile of eggs softly scrambled with half and half combined with a few herbs and veggies like red onion, dill, and carrots — this recipe is so delicious you’ll be making it again and again! The finished masterpiece offers a unique depth of flavor, all while providing a quick nutritional boost.
Is a Thanksgiving dinner even complete without fluffy mashed potatoes? Prepare this ultra-creamy mashed potatoes with Yukon gold potatoes, butter, half and half, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper, and watch it elevate your dinner menu like nothing else!
#21. Tres Leches Cake
This classic Mexican dessert uses tres leches — Spanish for “three milks” (half and half, condensed milk, evaporated milk) — to drizzle the cake that’s poked full of holes to create a cool, creamy, decadent dessert. Chill the cake overnight to let it soak all the delicious goodness, then top it with homemade whipped cream, before serving!
#22. Vanilla Ice Cream
Nothing beats a classic vanilla ice cream. Make this fresh, creamy, and ultra-delicious ice cream with only four ingredients — white granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract, half and half, and heavy whipping cream! Serve it plain or topped with crushed oreo cookies or M&Ms, or pair it with a decadent chocolate cake, or homemade brownies to enjoy.
#23. Vanilla Panna Cotta
This delicious, chilled sweet custard is all a dessert should be, and then some! Make it with unflavored gelatin, heavy cream, half and half, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Serve it in dessert cups with a delectable fruit sauce, caramel sauce, or cocoa powder and a sprinkling of shaved chocolate curls.
#24. White Russian
Sweet, smooth, cold, and creamy, this White Russian recipe asks for vodka, half and half, Kahlua, and ice cream to create a coffee-flavored cocktail that is indulgent enough to pass as a dessert! The decadence of this beverage along with its classic flavors will leave you wanting more.