Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Egg Greek Yogurt Cheese Dip

Better late than never.  I have a few super cute ideas for fun Easter themed recipes, but haven't gotten the chance to spend some time in the kitchen lately. Guess you will have to wait until next year for most of them!  I did finally have a few moments this rainy weekend to work on one of my ideas.

The inspiration for this recipe came from another recipe I saw on Pinterest (what else offers so much creativity).  I came across a recipe for a cheese dip shaped in a carrot and colored orange (with shredded cheese).  Instantly I knew I needed to recreate this in a healthier version in the shape of an Easter egg.

To lower the calories and fat content I used 0% fat Greek yogurt and low fat shredded cheese in the recipe.  Fresh peppers and onions were mixed in with Worcestershire sauce.  The combined ingredients create a delicious fresh appetizer.   Perfect to serve with your favorite whole wheat or lower calorie crackers.

Shaping a cheese mixture into an egg may seem like a time consuming task, but in reality its pretty simple and quick.  I outlined the shape of an egg on wax paper and then poured the mixture into the shape and spread it out with a knife.  The most time consuming part of this recipe is waiting for the yogurt to strain.  To thicken the yogurt you will need to strain it with a cheese clothe or cheese towel for at least 4 hours.  You will be amazed at how much the consistency changes in those 4 hours!

I can't report we did anything terribly exciting this past weekend.  We had dinner at a friends on Saturday and relaxed with movies on Sunday morning.  In fact I got to watch some classic 1980's movies - Mannequin and Weekend at Bernies.  I am an eighties movie addict, so it was a great way to end the weekend!

Lastly I want to share with you a cute Easter themed snack I posted last year: Fun Snack Creation "Spring Cheese Chick".

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

Egg Shaped Greek Yogurt Cheese Log

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 4 hours
Keywords: appetizer yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup low fat plain Greek Yogurt (ie. Chobani 0% Fat)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon green onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups low fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of pepper
  • optional: 1 teaspoon mustard
  • crackers to dip into cheese
1. Strain Greek yogurt using a cheese clothe or dish towel; place cheese clothe in a class cup or measuring glass and place rubber band around it so clothe doesn't touch bottom (see picture above); leave for at least 4 hours or overnight
2. OPTIONAL: On a piece of wax pepper draw the outline of an Easter egg and place on serving plate (I did this step and found it helpful)
3. Mix together the yogurt, shredded cheese, onions, bell pepper, and worcestershire sauce
4. Spread cheese mixture on plate (optional: on wax paper) in shape of Easter egg (my egg was about 6-7 inches long and 3 inches at widest part)
5. Decorate with green onions, bell peppers, etc to resemble decorated Easter egg
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