Savoring the uniqueness of Authentic Greek yoghurt
All over the world, authentic Greek yoghurt has gained more popularity, especially in the last fifteen years. Authentic Greek yoghurt is strained yoghurt made from cow’s pasteurized milk through a unique process which improves the yoghurt’s taste and texture. When compared with plain yoghurt, authentic Greek yoghurt is highly abundant in vitamins.
Because of its low level of lactose content, a lot of recipes with Greek yoghurt has sprung up all over the world. This is primarily because it allows people suffering from lactose intolerance to keep eating yoghurt without suffering an allergic reaction. Manufacturers of Greek yoghurts usually have it in two varieties which are classified based on their fat content. These common varieties are: Full fat (contains up to 10% fat) and the Low Fat (contains a maximum of 2% fat).
In Naxos Greece, it is the most commonly offered dessert and most times free of charge. In Naxos Island, Greece; it is the most widely served dessert and usually free of charge at hotels in Naxos. This native Greek derivation of yoghurt helps clear the palette, reduces alcoholic effects and aids digestion.
Serving authentic Greek yoghurt
Apart from being a delicacy when eaten on its own, authentic Greek yoghurt has a variety of other uses in combination with other meals. It has a thick texture which makes it a preferred substitute for whipped cream. It can also be used in sauces, sweets, and snacks. One common way to eat authentic Greek yoghurt is by combining it with walnuts and honey and served as a desert. This latter combination is a blend of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. In place of honey, the authentic Greek yoghurt dessert can be served with other syrup-based sweets which are usually made of sugar, fruits and sometimes almond.
Apart from these ways, authentic Greek yoghurts have also been incorporated into several recipes of both Greek and foreign origin. Examples of Greek meals prepared with Greek yoghurt are: Talatouri, Samali, Spicy Lamb Kebab served with Pita bread and yoghurt sauce, Greek yoghurt cake, Tzatziki, and Souvlaki among others.
If you would like, below is a typical snack recipe with Greek yoghurt you can try out on your own as a beginner.
Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Yoghurt Sauce) recipe
This is a very famous Greek sauce which is the favorite of many. It can be eaten with bread, vegetables or rusk as a dip and it is most commonly served with meat dishes. Native Greeks love tzatziki as it is effortless to prepare and can escort both grilled meat and fish dishes and ouzo or tsipouro in the summer. You can be served tzatziki all through Naxos Greece’s taverns and some of the best hotels in Naxos.
- 1 ½ cup of strained Greek yoghurt
- Two medium-sized cucumbers
- 4-6 cloves of garlic, crushed
- Olive oil
- salt (to taste)
Preparation: Skin the cucumbers before cutting them into strips and smaller pieces Salt and allow draining for an hour or more before squeezing out all extra water with clean hands Add the crushed garlic, yoghurt, and vinegar in a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Add the olive oil, sprinkle the paprika and garnish with olives to taste. You can also garnish with finely chopped nuts such as almonds.