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Five Ways to Use Savory Yogurt

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By: Andrea Lynn
Five Ways to Use Savory Yogurt

Take note, Americans with an adventurous palate: the European trend of swapping out sweet for savory in yogurt is sweeping the United States. With the addition of spices and seasonings, use these five ideas to ride the wave and get into the savory yogurt game.

As a Savory Breakfast

Skip the sweetness overload at breakfast and opt for savory instead. Consider stirring in avocado chunks and chopped tomatoes into a bowl of plain yogurt, along with a grind of Spice Islands® Chipotle Chile Seasoning and a drizzle of olive oil. Any leftover roasted vegetables can be recycled for a breakfast yogurt dish along with toasted sesame seeds and chopped nuts. Still want a little fruit in the mix? Not a problem. Go for a combo of mango, sunflower seeds and a smoky mesquite seasoning.

As a Dip

The tang of Greek yogurt makes an ideal base for dip, like this scallion-spiked Onion Dip, an easier take on a French Onion Dip. Serve with a variety of dunking choices like potato chips or pita triangles. Or, make a crudité platter for a party with cherry tomatoes, green beans, broccoli, and the like to go with the cool garliccucumber combo in Tzatziki Sauce.

Swirled Into Soups

Want to add texture and pep into that winter soup? Combine condiments or spices into a small bowl of yogurt. When the soup is finished and off the heat, stir the flavored yogurt into the soup for a flavor pick-me-up. Yogurt mixed with pesto or sun-dried tomatoes (or both!) can be stirred into tomato soups, like this Italian Tomato Herb Soup. This lentil-based Dal Soup can be enhanced with a dollop of turmeric- and cayenne-spiced yogurt.

As a Marinade

Due to its tenderizing qualities, yogurt is one of the best meat marinades at your disposal. Combine a few cups of yogurt with a spice, like in this Chicken Tikka Kabob recipe, which utilizes Spice Islands® Curry Powder and Spice Islands® Paprika. Feel free to get creative with other types of meat and spices, such as pork chops marinated in yogurt and chili powder for up to 24 hours.

As a Spicy Counterpart

Indian food pairs spicy fare with a mint raita, such as this one with yogurt and fresh mint to cool the mouth from hot spices. Whip this up to go with any other spicy entrees or to drizzle over vegetables like this Spicy Indian Cauliflower recipe.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of the culinary guidebook/cookbook, Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high-quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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