Thursday, January 27, 2011

7 Ways to use Greek Yogurt

Because I have potlucks to attend three or four times a month, and all my friends make food from local sources, I try to keep local ingredients on-hand ready to make potluck desserts and meals. One product that has saved my bacon many a time - when I fail to plan ahead - is Wagon Creek Creamery 's luscious Greek Yogurt, which can be incorporated into an amazing array of dishes.

At $6 for 32 ounces at the OSU-OKC Farmer's Market (and somewhat more through the OK Food Co-op), it's not too expensive - comparable or cheaper than the Fage brand available in stores here. Wagon Creek Creamery Greek Yogurt is made from milk from their own pasture-fed cows, which means that, according to many sources, it has a higher nutritional content - more CLA, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins.

Taste tests conducted by the Okla-vore showed that the low-fat and full-fat versions had equivalent flavor; and the low-fat version has no bizzare fillers as commercial low-fat versions sometimes do. So don't be afraid to get the low-fat greek yogurt - it's quite tasty.

And it's incredibly versatile - substituting for both sour cream or unsweetened yogurt! Use it plain to substitute for sour cream, or add some honey or sugar to make it sweeter. Here are just a few ways that you can use this healthy dairy:

1. A main ingredient for dips - tzaziki sauce, raita, herb veggie dip, and pumpkin dip come to mind.

2. A tangy, tasty topping for pancakes, waffles, muffins, oatmeal, or granola.

3. An ingredient for creamy soups.

4. Makes a great snack combined with fresh or dried fruit, or used in a fruit smoothie.

5. A great base for sauces like creamy curry sauce or for creamy pasta dishes.

6. A general sour cream substitute in dishes like seven-layer dip.

7. A handy ingredient for desserts or dessert toppings (like Peach Yogurt Pie or Bulgarian Yogurt Cake, for example).

As you can see, it's vital to have some on hand at all times.

More ideas and recipes are available here. If you live in Oklahoma, you can order the Wagon Creek yogurt (and other locally made products) from the Oklahoma Food Cooperative or find it at the OSU-OKC Farmer's Market (open year round on Saturdays). In case you are curious as to my fascination with this product, I have not been paid or been given free Low-Fat Greek Yogurt to write this post. I just like the stuff, and want Wagon Creek to stay in business... by the way, their butter is pretty darn good too...


Amanda said...

Christine - thanks for the information! I've been loving Greek yogurt lately so I'm excited to know that it's available locally. Can't wait to try it.

Sylvia said...

I could be wrong, but I thought the only difference between reg and greek yogurt is water content? I've read and made it by putting the yogurt in a coffee filter or cheesecloth in a colander and letting it strain the water out for a few hours or overnight. Of course, some brands might be extra nice, plus no waiting...

Tricia said...

Last night I mixed minced garlic and salt into the Wagon Creek Greek yogurt and ate it with Earth Elements spinach balls. YUM!