Yogurt finds its way into recipes all over the world
In the United States, we tend to put yogurt in a breakfast food corner -- where it’s reserved for eating solely on its own, or maybe topped with some fruit. But for people in countries around the world, yogurt is more like a pantry (well, refrigerator) staple. Thanks to its versatility, yogurt is everything from the base for a condiment to a key baking ingredient.
In Greece, yogurt finds its way onto dozens of dishes thanks to tzatziki -- the dipping sauce/spread made from yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, dill, and olive oil. It’s eaten on its own with pita chips, on gyros, and also as a sauce to accompany main dishes. But to the Greeks, yogurt is more than an ingredient. It’s a ubiquitous staple in Greek cooking, appearing in everything from soups to stuffed peppers to lamb casseroles, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a table that doesn’t have the stuff on it -- even if it’s hidden in a phyllo cake.