Greek yogurt is making bold moves on menus today. Delivering closely held values of health and wellness, along with a pleasingly tart flavor, chefs are discovering its fantastic versatility.
With soup season upon us, it’s a great time to talk about ways to differentiate your offerings. This Creamy Miso Mushroom Soup sees an umami-rich profile, built with wild mushrooms, onion, garlic, sherry, vegetable stock, cream and blond miso. Once cooked, Chobani® Greek Yogurt is mixed in.
“You get a boost of flavor from the naturally fermented dairy notes,” says Jake Briere, Corporate Chef, Chobani® Foodservice. “Blending it directly into the soup provides a wonderful creamy consistency.”
Upgrade your fall and winter soups with the distinctive tang and texture of Greek yogurt.
“Most puréed soups that make use of quality vegetables are good contenders for a modern update,” says Briere. “Try adding Chobani® Greek Yogurt to butternut squash, ginger carrot and potato-leek soups—it’s a game changer.”
Flavor complexity is the name of the game today. Greek yogurt offers a great base on which to stack modern flavors. “It provides a rich, creamy mouthfeel to vinaigrettes and emulsified dressings alike,” says Briere.
“It also lends a fermented, tart note that helps add depth of flavor to the recipe while cutting back on the amount of oil needed for a positive nutritional impact.”
Read on for quick takeaways on boosting your salad and soup menus.
3 Easy Ways to Boost Your Salad Dressing
1. Green Goddess
A dressing like green goddess that uses buttermilk is a good place to start incorporating Greek yogurt because it offers a smaller gap to bridge between something familiar and something new. When you start adding Greek yogurt into your dressing base, start by adding a little and then working your way up until you get comfortable with the flavor profile. It shouldn’t be so overwhelming where it takes over the dressing, but is just noticeable.
Elevate this fan favorite by adding Chobani® Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt to mayonnaise and buttermilk, along with green onion, lemon juice, lemon zest and granulated garlic and onion. Punch it up with a dusting of za’atar.
Add backbone to your vinaigrette with an infusion of Chobani® Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt. Round out the profile with extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and roasted shallots.
Tame That Heat: 3 Flavor-Forward Dollops
Diners today love bold, spicy profiles. A great counterpoint to heat-laced soups and stews is a cooling dollop of Greek yogurt. “Dollop or drizzle it overtop, adding a cooling sensation to a hot soup and giving it a slightly acidic flavor profile,” says Briere. Take it to the next level by adding a sweet or refreshing flavor.
7 Fast Facts about Chobani® Greek Yogurt
- Includes live & active cultures
- Made with milk from cows not treated with hormones like rBST
- No preservatives
- Only natural ingredients that are not genetically modified (non-GMO)
- Three types of probiotics
- Vegetarian friendly