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We've partnered with Icelandic Provisions to share ways we love to use skyr in meals throughout the day. Made with heirloom cultures, skyr is a mellow, creamy yogurt experience, and a versatile, high-protein ingredient.

Name any favorite food that wouldn’t nestle perfectly atop a bed of yogurt, or simply be better off topped with a luscious dollop of that creamy delight. You’d be hard-pressed to find a way you can’t put yogurt to good use.

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Dolloped on top or slathered below? You choose.
Dolloped on top or slathered below? You choose. Photo by Bobbi Lin

So we all know what we can do with yogurt (basically, anything and everything). But what about skyr? Skyr is yogurt's mild, fresh-tasting Icelandic cousin that's made with ancient Icelandic dairy cultures, making it a heritage food in Iceland. Double the culture.

Skyr—like Greek yogurt or quark—can be used in any recipe that calls for yogurt. And because skyr has such a mild, almost sweet flavor, it lends itself to both sweet and savory recipes.

Julia Turshen's Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Yogurt & Lemon
Julia Turshen's Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Yogurt & Lemon

In case you need a few more ideas on how to embrace this versatile ingredient, our Test Kitchen Chef Josh Cohen whipped up three recipes using skyr that can be enjoyed any time of day. Here’s how:

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Crostini for breakfast (or snack, or cocktail hour, or dessert).

Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Vanilla Yogurt, and Fresh Basil
Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Vanilla Yogurt, and Fresh Basil

There is a brief period of time in the early fall when grapes arrive at the local farmers' markets on the East Coast. This recipe is an excellent way to utilize those grapes—or to make the most of supermarket grapes all year long.

For those favorite fall vegetables.

Roasted delicata squash is both savory and subtly sweet, and the tangy and spicy skyr dressing highlights the natural flavor of the squash. This dressing would work equally well with a wide variety of roasted vegetables, like Brussels sprouts, green beans, or carrots.

Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Pomegranate
Roasted Delicata Squash with Spicy Yogurt Dressing and Pomegranate

And dessert!

Slow-roasting sweet potatoes brings out their natural sweetness and delicate soft texture—so why not serve them for dessert? A post-roast broiling adds a slight charred smokiness that pairs beautifully with rich maple syrup. Coconut-flavored skyr and the addition of orange zest and freshly ground black pepper make the entire dish feel surprisingly light.

Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!)
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!)

We've partnered with Icelandic Provisions to share ways we love to use skyr in meals throughout the day. Made with heirloom cultures—and without any artificial flavors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, or GMO ingredients—skyr is a mellow, creamy yogurt experience, and a versatile, high-protein ingredient.

How does yogurt fit into your daily mealtime mix? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: skyr, yogurt