Have you tried... cooking with Greek yogurt?
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Thursday, September 20, 2012
9/20/12 at 4:21 AM
You may have already discovered the thick creaminess of Greek yogurt, currently a hot item on the dairy aisle.
But have you tried cooking with it?
Recipes are making the rounds in food circles that use the protein-rich and low-fat yogurt as a substitute for other ingredients such as mayonnaise, sour cream, butter and oil.
It adds moisture to cakes and creaminess to dressings, dips and salads.
Here are some ideas for using Greek yogurt in recipes:
Creamy salad dressings and dips: Greek yogurt can be the base for any of your favorite dips or dressings. Children will like the ranch dressing just as much if you mix the seasonings in Greek yogurt.
Cake mixes: Cooks say that one box chocolate cake mix, one cup of nonfat plain Greek strained yogurt and one cup of water makes a fudgey chocolate cake. Cook the cake at 350 degrees in a greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan, or a 9-by-9-inch pan if you want something thicker, for about 30 minutes. Let cake cool completely before cutting and serving.
Mayo replacement: Try using seasoned Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise in deli salads such as egg salad, potato salad and tuna salad. It cuts a lot of the fat.
Chocolate frosting: Greek yogurt company Chobani has a recipe for chocolate frosting on its website that is making the rounds on Pinterest and other websites. It only requires two ingredients: yogurt and chocolate chips.
Smoothies: Add up to one cup of Greek yogurt to your favorite fruit smoothie to add protein and creaminess. A little bit of honey will cut the yogurt's tartness.
And here's a recipe for banana bread that we tried using Greek yogurt. It's as easy as making muffins because you can mix everything by hand in one bowl. The banana flavor really stood out, and our tasters approved.
BANANA BREAD WITH GREEK YOGURT
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (less if you are using regular salt)
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
6 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped, lightly toasted walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, butter, eggs, bananas, yogurt, vanilla and walnuts, if using, in large bowl, mix well.
2. Pour batter into 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
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