If you’ve stocked up on a little too much yoghurt—fear not! There are plenty of great ways to put your leftover yoghurt to good use. Chefs put yoghurt in everything from pancakes to sandwiches, so do as they do and use it with abandon.
Here are 15 ways to make the most of leftover yoghurt.
1. Put it in a Cocktail
This might not be the first use that comes to mind when you’re faced with extra yoghurt, but yoghurt cocktails are real. Bartenders are mixing the stuff into drinks with gin and vodka. Happy hour just got a little healthier—and breakfast a little riskier.
2. Pour It Into Coffee
Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. In Hanoi, Vietnam, adding yoghurt into iced or hot coffee is a common treat. It’s like a coffee milkshake and a smoothie, with caffeine. Either way, you can feel good about this one.
3. Fluff up waffles
It’s the secret behind making extra fluffy waffles.
4. Make frozen yoghurt lollipops
For a simple frozen yoghurt lolly that makes a great snack, mix vanilla yoghurt with fresh or frozen fruit, pour it into molds and freeze.
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5. Make It Into a Sauce
Sauces made with yoghurt go well on everything from salmon to falafel. Whisk yoghurt with some acid, spices or herbs, and use it on pretty much anything.
6. Dress a Salad
Yoghurt is an excellent base for salad dressings. You’ll never feel unsatisfied by another bowl of greens again.
7. Bake with It
In certain recipes, like pound cakes, yoghurt can serve as a great substitute for butter. It can help keep your baked goods moist, without all the extra fat.
8. Thicken or Compliment Soups
Don’t feel like stirring cream into your soup or dolloping crème fraîche on top? You can use yoghurt to thicken or garnish soups instead.
9. Try a Raita
If you’re not familiar with raita, it’s a yoghurt-based South Asian dish that accompanies everything from curries to chicken. Often mixed with fresh herbs or cucumber, it’s a refreshing palate cleanser and compliment to spicy food.
10. Spread It
Not a fan of mayonnaise? Spread yoghurt, plain or dressed up a bit, on sandwiches or burgers and never look back.
11. Make a Dip
Thick and tangy, yoghurt is a natural foundation for dips. Just make sure you have plenty of chips and crudités on hand, because it’ll go fast.
12.Stir it into alfredo sauce
If you’re making an alfredo sauce, try using Greek yoghurt. Even if you use the full-fat version, it still only has about a quarter of the calories as cream.
13. Make a creamy filling for stuffed vegetables
Fill tomatoes with a combination of couscous, veggies and yoghurt. The moisture from the yoghurt makes the filling taste like a deliciously smooth risotto.
14. Substitute for cream cheese
Yoghurt cheese is creamy like regular cream cheese but with a touch of tartness. To make yoghurt cheese, place two cups of yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning you’ll have about one cup of delicious, spreadable yoghurt cheese. For extra flavour, add some chopped fruits, berries, olives, pimento, chives, dill or other herbs.
15. Top burgers, the Greek way
Put down the tomato sauce! Up your juicy lamb burgers with a yoghurt, cucumber and cumin relish.