Savory Uses for Greek Yogurt

September 13, 2014

There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.

Today: You probably have Greek yogurt in your fridge -- discover some savory ways to put it to work.

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Greek yogurt is a wonderful, versatile ingredient that's great to have in your kitchen arsenal. But once you’ve moved past the fun of subbing it into baking recipes and enjoying it with large amounts of granola and honey for breakfast, you can sometimes hit a lull in your Greek yogurt consumption. Yet you still have tubs of the stuff in the fridge, waiting to return to the table.

That’s how lizabeth felt, and she turned to the Hotline in search of savory Greek yogurt recipes. Luckily, the community served up some dairy good solutions:

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  • The next time you make a soup, throw a dollop of Greek yogurt in. "I like to make cold soups with yogurt and vegetables (peas, beets, asparagus, cucumber, tomatoes, scallion, everything works)," says QueenSashy.
  • Greek yogurt is a great substitute for a sour cream dollop, too. Brady Klopfer shares: "I love it as a sour cream substitute on top of a quesadilla or burrito!" You can also subsitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise in coleslaw, as Susan W suggests, or add some into mashed potatoes, as Aliwaks does.

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  • You can even use Greek yogurt to make pizza dough -- Amy Molony explains: "Mix 1 cup of plain yogurt with 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour for a basic, delicious pizza base."
  • Summer of Eggplant likes to keep things simple with a Greek yogurt dip. "I mix it with a variety of herbs -- lemon zest and chives or green onion -- and use it as a dip for artichokes instead of butter."
  • Amysarah suggests turning Greek yogurt into labneh. "Labneh -- creamy yogurt cheese -- is easy to make. It's delicious spread on toast, pita, bagels -- anyplace you'd use cream cheese."

More: If you're not familiar with labneh, learn more about it before making your own.

Do you have a favorite savory way to use Greek yogurt? Tell us in the comments or join in the conversation over on the Hotline!

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Warm yogurt and mint soup? I cook 1/3 cup of rice in 2 pints of simmering chicken stock for 10 minutes, then add 200 gr of yogurt mixed with 1 tablespoon of flour and 1 egg to it. Actually I gradually add couple of laddlefulls of stock to the yogurt/egg/flour mixture and mix to make sure that the egg doesn't get cooked and seperate. Then add this back to the pot of chicken stock. Bring to simmer and cook for further 10 minutes. In an other pot I make mint/paprika oil by heating 3-4 table spoons of olive oil and adding mint and paprika to the hot oil. Pour the paprika/mint oil over the soup and serve warm with crusty bread.
Stubor September 14, 2014
Creamy coleslaw!
Elena I. September 14, 2014
Mix melted 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup greek yoghurt, some salt and flour as much as it s needed for the dough not to be sticky, sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and dry mint!! Bake in 180 C (air) 40 min !!!! Amazing Greek cheese bread!!!!
Julie O. September 13, 2014
Mix with coriander chutney. Eat with a spoon or just about anything else.
la G. September 13, 2014
Thinned with a bit of water and olive oil, add dijon mustard and maybe some herbs...instant salad dressing. I also use the yogurt/dijon/herbs combo on salmon fillets baked in the oven...sometimes with bread crumbs/panko on top.
Joe September 13, 2014
I stir a couple of tablespoonfuls of strained yoghurt (i.e. Greek Yoghurt) through my morning oatmeal, no milk or cream. It's delicious.