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Great Greek Yogurt

By Alana Sugar, January 6, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Alana Sugar

Greek Yogurt with Honey Thyme Walnut Crumble

Greek Yogurt with Honey Thyme Walnut Crumble

Greek yogurt is so creamy and delicious, even the fat-free versions are amazing! It’s incredibly versatile and adds a smooth touch to all kinds of treats and favorite recipes like Caramelized Onion Dip, Greek Yogurt with Honey Thyme Walnut Crumble, and Green Beans with Tangy Shallot-Yogurt Sauce.

Greek yogurt can be used in practically any recipe calling for regular yogurt. What’s the difference? Greek varieties are strained to remove the whey (the watery part of the milk that remains after the milk has been cultured and strained), which leaves the yogurt smooth, thick and decadently creamy.

Ounce for ounce, plain Greek yogurt is typically lower in sugar, lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein than regular plain yogurt. And, naturally-cultured yogurt, Greek or not, contains probiotics. Those are the friendly bacteria that support healthy digestion and beneficial intestinal flora. Always check the label to be sure your yogurt contains live active cultures.

Try these tips and recipes using Greek yogurt: 

  • Greek Meatball PitasReplace sour cream, mayonnaise or cream cheese in a variety of recipes such as chicken or potato salad, Double-Stuffed Deviled Eggs with Ham, dips, sauces and spreads. 
  • Add to salad dressings for a creamy consistency. 
  • Yogurt is popular in many Mediterranean dishes. Lamb and Potato Dolma dipped into plain Greek yogurt and Greek Meatball Pitas are wonderful examples.     
  • Add dried fruits and nuts such as walnuts, pecans and cranberries to plain or flavored Greek yogurt. Add a dollop on waffles and pancakes, or spread over cinnamon toast, biscuits or scones.
  • Use Greek yogurt in place of sour cream in muffins, cakes and other baked goods like this Orange and Clove Greek Yogurt Tea Cake
  • Our seasonal Cranberry Molasses Cake is frosted with a snowy-white combination of Greek yogurt and confectioner’s sugar.
  • Mini Pumpkin-Gingerbread CupcakesUse Greek yogurt as “cream” in soups or vegetable dishes.
  • Add to a favorite quiche recipe in place of milk, cream or sour cream.
  • Use as a creamy topper for soups and stews.
  • Mix with peanut, almond or other favorite nut butter; use as a dip or spread.
  • Sauté or grill seasonal winter fruits (apples, pears and dried fruits). Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Try a variation of our Grilled Figs with Greek Yogurt and Spiced Nuts.

Did you know you can even whip Greek yogurt, just like whipping cream? Simply combine with honey, confectioner’s sugar or other sweetener and beat with an electric mixer or whisk until soft peaks form. Chill or serve immediately on cold-weather favorites such as warm Spiced Apple and Pear Crisp or kid-friendly Mini Pumpkin-Gingerbread Cupcakes

So, have you tried Greek yogurt?  What’s your favorite way to serve it? Let me know.

Category: Food & Recipes, Grocery




Sherry Riches says ...
I've never seen Wallaby Organic Greek Yogurt in the Marlton NJ store. It would be nice to be able to have organic plain Greek yogurt. Very rarely do I ever see any. Found 2 small tubs of another brand. Always have plenty of Fage but it isn't organic. Please make available the organic plain variety of Greek yogurt. Thank you. Whole Foods has been my fav store for as long as the Marlton store has been open.
01/06/2014 7:29:30 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SHERRY - I called the Marlton store and they stated that they carry Oikos brand which is made by Stoneyfield Farms and it is organic. They have been out of stock a bit lately but they hope to have more in stock soon!
01/07/2014 4:57:47 PM CST
Norma says ...
Thanks for agreeing with me! I'm a fan of Greek yogurt and often use it to replace sour cream or mayonnaise, but I would appreciate some clarification on when it's not wise to. For example, should yogurt be used in a recipe that calls for high heat, e.g., frying? Many thanks!
01/15/2014 2:57:21 PM CST
Carin says ...
I would love to have a recipe to make homemade greek yogurt, do you have one? Thanks!
01/15/2014 3:01:50 PM CST
Lori says ...
I, too, LOVE the organic 2% Wallaby greek yogurt! However, it is hit or miss in the store on Charleston and Hualapai in Las Vegas. They seem to be out of it more often than not. PLEASE order more of this delicious yogurt (and in the larger size containers, please). It's very frustrating to keep coming to the store in search of it and leave empty-handed time and again. :-( Thanks!!
01/15/2014 3:43:45 PM CST
Liz says ...
Looking for FULL FAT organic greek yogurt, plain or otherwise, in Austin TX. I see non-fat or low-fat, but can never find full fat. Thank you!
01/15/2014 4:09:10 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LIZ - It appears the downtown Austin store carries Fage full fat Greek yogurt but it is not organic. I did find that Nancy's has an option online an I believe we carry that brand. You can check with the store directly in Austin where you shop to see if this is something they can special order for you. http://www.nancysyogurt.com/index.php/probiotic-greek/whole-milk-organic-probiotic-greek
01/17/2014 1:53:25 PM CST
Sunny Stearns says ...
I shop at the Greenwich and Darien Whole Foods..would like to receive more healthy recipes..
01/18/2014 4:55:11 PM CST
Skycat says ...
I love Greek yogurt: it's notonly delicious, but it's so versatile.
01/19/2014 8:22:18 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CARIN - I found this recipe online http://food52.com/recipes/9082-creamy-greek-yogurt let us know how it turns out!
01/20/2014 2:38:17 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@NORMA - I spoke with our recipe team and she can't think of a time when a recipe with Greek yogurt (or mayo/sour cream) would call for frying. However, yogurt is fine under high heat and is traditionally used as a marinade before very high heat cooking in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines (like tandoori).
01/21/2014 10:37:16 AM CST
Jacki Viles says ...
My favorite breakfast is a baked apple with cinnamon, packed with wheat berries and a dab of maple syrup and topped off with a big scoop of plain greek yogurt (2%). It's low calorie, low fat and packed with protein and fiber. It is delicious.
02/04/2014 9:06:53 PM CST
Susanna Jaeger says ...
Do you carry any dried yogurt starter for those of us who like to make our own yogurt? If not, would you consider adding it to your lineup?
02/19/2014 3:01:58 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SUSANNA - Our products differ between stores so I would suggest calling your local store directly to see what they have in stock.
02/19/2014 4:18:01 PM CST
Alexander Gibson says ...
Please go back to Chobani. The 365 brand Greek yogurt is one of the most horrendous things I have ever tasted. infused with plastic
03/31/2014 12:57:40 PM CDT
Eddie Griffin says ...
Great, but you LIE on your Labels!
07/18/2014 12:19:24 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@EDDIE - This product was tested by a reputable 3rd party lab using FDA-approved testing methods to determine labeling. We are actively looking into why their test results differ from ours.
07/21/2014 10:25:28 AM CDT
Donna says ...
When eating wholistic foods is Greek yogurt ok?
02/01/2015 3:07:36 PM CST
Karen McMaugh says ...
Do you carry any Plain Greek Yogurt that is sugar free? or Cream Cheese that is also Sugar free?? Need it for a goofy diet that I am on - maintenance phase of it requires no sugar for a period of time....
08/04/2015 11:01:48 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KAREN - Our options will differ between stores. Check with your local store to find out what they have in stock!
08/04/2015 1:37:46 PM CDT
Peter Meier says ...
Is Greek yogurt made from pastorized milk ? Thank you for letting me know,
10/15/2015 6:56:46 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PETER - Are you curious about any specific brand of Greek yogurt?
01/06/2016 2:05:02 PM CST