While shopping at Trader Joe's some time ago I came upon the cutest and most delicious product: Fage Total Greek Yogurt. Greek Yoghurt has never been the easiest product to find in the US but Trader Joe's has been importing Fage's Total Greek Yogurt for a while now and will continue to be a staple at their shops. Eureka! This has go to be the best, richest yogurt I've ever had. At 250 calories per 5.3 ounces, the fat content is quite steep but the silkiness is worth every spoonful and calorie.
Greek Yoghurt is not your average yogurt. Is the real McCoy. So creamy and thick it adheres to a spoon with all its might, and never budges. Fage's single serving size ($1.59 for 5.3 ounces) is a combo of 2/3 Greek yogurt with 1/3 Greek honey. The honey is the perfect counterpart to the tangy, creamy and thick yogurt to be drizzled over the yogurt or just dipped into with the tiniest of spoons and plenty oftieme to savour. Trader Joe's also carries Fage's 500 mg tub of Greek yogurt (plain) for $3.99 which is my choice for cooking with as greek yogurt is perfect for thickening soups, making Raita, etc.
Greek yogurt is the traditional ingredient for making Yaourtopita (Greek yogurt cake), Spaghetti with yogurt (Makaronada me saltsa yiaourtiou) and Tzatziki. Serve it for breakfast or dessert with fresh berries or fruit. With honey and walnuts is a great and healthy way to start the day or a fab mid day snack or lunch. Greek yogurt is an excellent alternative to sour cream, plain American and French yogurt or even crème fraîche.
So, next time you find yourself at the supermarket, pick up a container of Greek yogurt. Once you try it, you'll be hooked, wondering why you never discovered this gem before. You might never go back to the sweet, runny stuff again.
500mg Greek Yogurt
2 cucumbers (seeded), diced
3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
One tablespoon fresh dill
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine ingredients by hand or in bowl of food processor, pulsed lightly a few times. Transfer to a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least a couple hours before serving.