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Yogurt Cheese Torte

Yield 32 servings (serving size: 1 tablespoon yogurt cheese and about 1 teaspoon oil mixture)
Drain yogurt of most of its liquid to create a soft spread similar to cream cheese. One cup of yogurt yields approximately 1/2 cup cheese. Serve with crackers, croutons, or baguette slices. If you're planning to give this torte as a gift, layer the cheese and herb mixture in a small glass container that can double as a serving dish.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 42
  • caloriesfromfat 43 %
  • fat 2 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 3.5 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 3 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 68 mg
  • calcium 86 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place a colander in a large bowl. Line colander with 4 layers of cheesecloth, allowing cheesecloth to extend over outside edges.

  2. Spoon yogurt into colander. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 12 hours. Spoon yogurt cheese into a medium bowl, and discard liquid. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.

  3. Combine garlic and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

  4. Place half of yogurt cheese in a serving bowl; spread with half of herb mixture. Repeat with remaining cheese and herb mixture. Cover and refrigerate torte at least 12 hours and up to 1 week. Serve at room temperature.

Cook's Notes

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