Greek Yogurt Is the Ingredient I Never Knew I Needed—and Now I Use it in Everything
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I find myself dipping into my carton of Greek yogurt almost every night, whether to slather it over warm pita bread or stir it into a sauce.

Certain ingredients can take a dish from good to great—and I'm not talking about anything fancy. Freshly-ground black pepper is one of them. Fresh herbs are another. But Greek yogurt is my number one go-to.

Over the past few years, the timing of my yogurt consumption has dramatically shifted from morning to evening. While I do enjoy it with fruit for breakfast, I find this rich and creamy style of yogurt to be much more versatile and rewarding as a savory component in dinner. Look for 2 percent or full-fat plain Greek yogurt—no fruit-on-the-bottom stuff here.

Here are some of the mouthwatering ways I enjoy Greek yogurt. Try one of these delicious meal ideas, or sample them all!

1. Spread it on top of pita bread or toast. Creamy, tangy Greek yogurt tastes right at home spooned and swiveled across a toasted carb. Try it mixed with prepared horseradish and spooned onto crusty bread in these Marinated Beet Toasts With Yogurt, or combined with dill and garlic and spread on top of warm pitas in our Poached Eggs With Chile Butter and Yogurt.

2. Stir it into a sauce. Sure, a dollop of yogurt can stand on its own. But with just a few mix-ins, it can be transformed into a flavor-packed superstar sauce. Blend with jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice for a spicy fritter topper in these Butternut Squash Fritters With Cilantro Yogurt, or mix with avocado for a new twist on guacamole in Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Nachos.

3. Whisk Greek yogurt into a frittata. If you're a student of RS Cooking School, you know the key to a fluffy frittata is sour cream or yogurt. But don't just take our word for it. Try it out in this good-for-you Garlic, Leek, and Brussels Sprouts Frittata.

Now that I've (hopefully) convinced you to always keep a carton of Greek yogurt on hand, it's time to venture into the world of desserts. Try this Honey Pistachio Yogurt Bark for a healthy twist on traditional chocolate bark. Or use it in a No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie for just the slightest taste of tang.

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