4 Refreshing Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $30 or less.All of the recipes featured can be made at home for about $30 or less.Thick, creamy, and rich Greek yogurt has cooks everywhere lining up and dipping in. With a consistency best described as a hybrid between yogurt and cheese, Greek yogurt is earning serious street cred as a healthy alternative to sour cream and crème fraîche. The Greeks got it right, so to speak, straining the yogurt in a cloth or filter to remove the whey, which gives it a thicker and richer texture. Opa!

Moving beyond breakfast and tzatziki dip, we put the Culinary Content Network and our staff to the test to come up with new ways to use Greek yogurt - and they didn't disappoint. Here are some of the highlights:

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Greek Yogurt Spanakopita Recipe

You don't have to use Greek yogurt in your spanakopita, but there's something about it that 1) just seems right, and 2) adds a little extra moisture to the mixture. This recipe almost makes it feel like a Greek spinach chicken pot pie (sans chicken, obviously).

INGREDIENTS

2 packages pastry, thawed (preferably Dufour)
2 1/2 pounds spinach, steamed and chopped
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup dill, minced
1 container FAGE Greek yogurt
1 pound feta cheese
4 eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and thaw the pastry if it's frozen. Steam the spinach, then drain it - try to remove as much moisture as possible by either rolling it in paper towels or a clean dish towel. After finely chopping the spinach, add finely chopped white and green onions, dill, a half-container of yogurt, ½ pound of feta, and 4 beaten eggs. Mix well and adjust seasoning.

Use olive oil to prime your container, then line the bottom with one portion of the pastry. Evenly distribute the spinach and feta mixture over the pastry, cover that with the rest of the yogurt, scatter the rest of the feta evenly over that, and then finish it off by covering the filling with another piece of pastry.

Brush it with a beaten egg and put it in the oven for a half-hour at 400 degrees. Remove, allow it to set for a few minutes, and then dig in!

Recipe Details
Servings: 6
Cuisine: Greek
Special Designations: Nut-free

Pasta with Tomato and Greek Yogurt Sauce Recipe

The Greek yogurt in this recipe is taken out of its normal element and used not for breakfast, but for dinner. It adds a subtle tangy flavor to the fresh tomato sauce, and, as you may have guessed, creaminess.

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Lite and Amazing French Onion Dip Recipe

By swapping out the sour cream with your favorite brand of nonfat Greek yogurt, this recipe not only tastes better than the classic version (arguably), but will leave you feeling a lot less guilty.

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Granola and Greek Yogurt Parfaits Recipe


A mixture of oats, nuts, wheat germ, coconut, and warm spices are layered in between creamy Greek yogurt and fruit.

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-Emily Jacobs, The Daily Meal

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