There’s a container of plain Greek yogurt in your fridge and you’re not sure what to do with it. Did you know that you can incorporate it into your cooking and baking in place of cream, milk or even cheese? From breakfast to dessert, go beyond granola and parfaits with these five unexpected and exciting ways to use yogurt.
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For light and fluffy pancakes, swap out the milk or buttermilk for plain Greek yogurt. This easy pancake recipe uses Oikos 11% plain yogurt and fresh blueberries for a brunch-worthy dish that will become a go-to in your home. Reserve some of the berries to garnish the pancakes, and don’t forget the butter and maple syrup.
Marinades are one of the easiest ways to try cooking with yogurt. The lactic acid tenderizes meats – like chicken, pork, beef and lamb – while also enhancing the flavour. Give it a try with this popular Indian street food recipe that takes yogurt, cream and spice-marinated chicken, grills it to perfection, and then wraps it in buttery, flaky paratha.
Take your cakes to a whole new level by baking with Greek yogurt in place of sour cream or crème fraîche. The acidity helps activate the baking soda for a fluffier cake and keeps it tender and moist. Give it a try with this simple chocolatey 11-carton cake topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting.
If you’ve never heard of labneh before, it’s a tangy, creamy cheese made with strained yogurt. Labneh can be used as a dip, added to a sandwich, or as a base for poached eggs. For an impressive recipe that looks like it came straight from your favourite restaurant’s kitchen, combine the cheese with oven-roasted beets, hazelnuts and a touch of honey.
Elote, also known as Mexican street corn, is an irresistible whole-grain side dish that goes with everything from tacos to an assortment of pork, chicken or beef mains. While the traditional recipe calls for mayonnaise and cotija cheese, 2% plain Greek yogurt can be used instead to achieve that tangy flavour. Make this shortcut skillet recipe year-round with frozen kernels instead of fresh corn on the cob.