Refrigerator Raider: Sour Yogurt

*Refrigerator Raider is a series on RFR.  We improvise and make something out of leftovers or neglected items in the fridge*

Before you go off the deep end, I need to make sure I clarify this is Sour Yogurt, not yogurt that has gone bad. Sour Yogurt is perfectly edible just not palatable. BAD yogurt is neither edible nor palatable.

When you make homemade yogurt (to be discussed in the future), if you let it sit too long, it gets sour. It's supposed to sit overnight and then tranferred to the fridge in the morning. About every 1/2 dozen batches, I screw this up by forgetting about it the next morning. The longer you wait, the more sour it gets. And then the next day, I'm sitting at a meeting at work with an "oh crap" thought bubble floating above my head.

So now I have this giant container of very sour yogurt in my fridge and it's hogging up important fridge real estate.

But I can't throw it away. That's just wrong. I had an idea, but it's a stretch. I don't really know how to take the sour OUT of something. But maybe this is not about subtraction...perhaps addition.

I made a Sweet Lassi. This is really the simplest thing you can do, and indeed, the sugar overshadowed the sour taste of the yogurt. And what a great way to get calcium among other valuable nutrients!!?!?!

Mix yogurt and a little water until it's a smooth consistency. Add sugar to taste. Make sure sure is well blended. Serve over ice.

But I still had some sour yogurt leftover, so I tried to make buttermmilk biscuits this morning.
Using the recipe from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, I made Buttermilk Biscuits, which calls for yogurt.
1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 T baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 T cold butter
3/8 c yogurt (heaping cups, b/c you need a little more than 3/8)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until butter is mixed evenly throughout the flour mixture. Stir in yogurt until the mixture becomes a ball. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead only 10 times. Form into a 3/4" sheet and use a round cookie cutter to cut out circles. Place rounds on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until lightly browned on top, about 10 mins.
While the biscuits were baking, I made Country Gravy using a quick gravy recipe from The Joy of Cooking cookbook. The recipe only consists of Butter, Flour, Milk, Salt and Pepper. You can do this!

The biscuits turned about to be flaky and filling. Mmmmm - biscuits and gravy. I would definitely do this again!

1 comment:

  1. I'm requesting an invitation the next time you plan on making this for breakfast. We've had this for breakfast before but never from scratch!


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