If yogurts went to high school, Greek yogurt would be crowned prom king. It's a dairy product that has it all: It's nutritionally dense, filled with protein and healthy fats, and contains less sugar than most commercial yogurts. It may earn the title of valedictorian, too -- Greek yogurt is incredibly rich and tart, and it gives recipes a really nice bite.
If you're a fan (the chances are likely -- Americans spent $1.6 billion on the stuff in 2012), you might be used to sweetly spooning up the stuff for breakfast -- adding fruit, oatmeal or cereal. Or maybe you eat a darling little Greek yogurt parfait, layered with all three. This is a very nice way to consume Greek yogurt, but you can maximize its creamy, protein-packed power in savory dishes, too. It can lighten up cheesy dishes and even replace mayonnaise, oil and butter while adding a welcomed sharp flavor. Find 11 hearty ways to go Greek below.