This is a plain yogurt that's really versatile for cooking and baking. It's available in Classic, 2% and 0% varieties, and also in a variety of container sizes. BzzAgent sent me some coupons to sample the FAGE 17 oz. for free and they also pointed me to some great recipe resources. The first is the FAGE Community Cookbook where you can search their database of recipes or find a suggestion based on ingredients you have on hand. FAGE Total Plain Kitchen with Bobby Flay features video demos of recipes developed by Bobby Flay using FAGE Plain. Make sure you check out these demos! I fell in love with the Spice-Crusted Lamb Tenderloin recipe and just had to try it out.
I substituted beef for the lamb, and also considered substituting chicken tenderloins. They're just more accessible to me here in small town, USA than lamb. I simply watched the video demo and went for it, but if you're the type who feels more comfortable cooking with a list of specific ingredient amounts, this recipe can be found on this list of FAGE Plain Kitchen recipes supplied to BzzAgents. It's the third recipe! Note: Had I not watched the video demo I would never have tried making the recipe as written. It just looks too long, too confusing, and there seem to be way too many steps. Bobby Flay never dressed the greens in the demo, which the recipe calls for, and I don't think they needed dressing. Bob (MY Bob, not Bobby Flay!) commented several times on how great the flavors in this meal were, and he went back to the kitchen to add more fresh greens to his plate when he started running low. He is not one to eat undressed greens, but did not miss a dressing! He also said he couldn't believe I made such a killer dinner while I was sick (a little post-vacation bronchitis). This was a winner of a dinner!
The recipe comes together quickly as long as you've procured (or prepared) the Pomegranate Molasses well ahead of time. I searched for Pomegranate Molasses recipes online and chose to make it myself (easy-peasy, with only 3 ingredients), but it really does need some cool-down and thickening up time in the refrigerator before mixing it with the cold FAGE as called for in the recipe.
|Spice-Crusted BEEF Tenderloin with FAGE Total|
(I lack Bobby Flay's plating skills! Also, there was not a pomegranate to be found in Cheboygan,
so there are no artistically scattered pomegranate seeds to enhance the plate.)
To make Pomegranate Molasses:
The basic recipe I found was 4 cups Pomegranate Juice (Pom Wonderful), 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. Combine, cook until sugar is dissolved and simmer on low until reduced to 1/4. This can take 50 minutes or so, but it only took around 30 minutes for me because I reduced the recipe, using only 1 cup of Pomegranate juice and adjusting the sugar and lemon juice amounts down accordingly. Feel free to make the larger amount - the syrup will keep covered in the refrigerator for 6 months and can be used just like maple syrup. It's yummy!
I've always loved yogurt and have become a big fan of plain Greek yogurt. Here are some of the ways I recommend using FAGE Total Plain:
- Use a dollop on oatmeal instead of milk and add fresh berries
- Substitute for Sour Cream when called for in recipes
- Think Dips! Use to prepare Tzatziki, Spinach Dip or Fruit-based dips
- Use in casseroles and sauces such as stroganoff to add rich creaminess without added fat
- Layer with fruit and a bit of Granola (or Grape Nuts or Fiber One!) to make breakfast or snack parfaits
- Look for recipes that use yogurt to replace fats in baked goods. I highly recommend the Pumpkin and Banana Pound Cake recipes from Devin Alexander's book Fast Food Fix.
- Use in your morning smoothie
I'll be buying FAGE Total a lot more often now that I'm more informed about it. I love an ingredients list with only two or three items in it - no added sweeteners, thickeners or powders.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I received the FAGE yogurt depicted in the recipe above FREE from BzzAgent and FAGE. The opinions are my own, as are my poor plating skills.