You may have heard about the latest and greatest cheese to hit the mainstream market, but do you know how to use Quark cheese?
Do you even know that you can do more with it than enjoy it as a healthy snack?
Well, let us fill you in on why it’s called the world’s most versatile cheese.
Naturally good for you
But before we delve into examples of how to use Quark, here’s what you need to know about its nutritional profile.
In a word, it’s awesome!
Specifically, it has more protein and fewer calories than Greek yogurt, zero added sugar or salt, significant of calcium, phosphorus and B vitamins, and it’s lactose-free.
All of this plus Quark has the rich texture of Greek yogurt without the sour yogurt tang.
The combination of the smooth creaminess and the mild flavor makes Quark an ideal substitute in recipes of all kinds.
Basically, it’s like a better-for-you version of sour cream, heavy cream, or cream cheese.
Having Quark in your fridge broadens your range of recipes. For example, if you’ve been craving lasagna but don’t want to consume the calories of ricotta cheese, swap it out for Quark.
Or if you’re lactose intolerant but you love to drink fruit smoothies, blend one with Quark instead of Greek yogurt.
In both of these cases, using Quark won’t alter the look of the food or beverage, nor will it change the taste to any noticeable degree.
What it will do is ramp up the protein level and lower the fat content, plus provide a dose of essential vitamins and minerals.
In fact, we challenge you to tell the difference between a coffee cake made with sour cream and one made with Quark!
How to use Quark
The beauty of Quark is that it works wonders in all kinds of cooking, from appetizers on through to desserts.
Thanks to our sweet tooth, our favorite Quark recipes are the desserts, especially cheesecakes. Did you know that in Europe, cheesecakes made with Quark are wildly popular?
American cheesecake may be delicious, but it certainly isn’t a healthy choice.
A traditional New York style cheesecake requires 32 oz. of cream cheese (with 776 calories per 8 oz.), whereas Quark cheesecake uses around 30 oz. of Quark (with 156 calories per 8 oz.). Most importantly, 70% of the calories in Quark are protein based.
As for other indulgences, cakes and muffins taste amazing when made with Quark instead of sour cream or yogurt. The consistency is as moist as can be and there’s naturally less sugar than in a “traditional” recipe. And just like that you can justify baking, serving, and eating sweet treats every day.
Having Quark as part of your morning meal is a great way to spark your metabolism and supply you with the protein and energy you need to get through your day.
Another way Quark truly shines is in the form of appetizers. Instead of serving uninspired onion or herb dip at your next get-together, try tzatziki made with Quark or artichoke and spinach dip made with Quark.
The beauty of these recipes is that they’re super easy to whip up and they’re always a crowd pleaser.
Quark’s mellow taste makes it possible to single out other flavors, like garlic, onion, or herbs.
This isn’t the case if you use sour cream or yogurt, because both have a strong, tangy “bite.” It’s no surprise then that Quark works really well in sauces and dressings, too.
You never want to ruin a healthy salad with a caloric, sugary dressing.
Once again, you’ll appreciate Quark’s smooth texture and unobtrusive taste when it’s used in this capacity.
When you cook with Quark you have the comfort of knowing that you’re creating something that’s brimming with more than just taste; it also has protein, calcium, and other crucial nutrients. In this way, it’s beneficial for the entire family.
Quark should be a staple in your kitchen. It will come in handy at your next pot luck dinner, your next cocktail party, and your next family meal. Before long, you won’t feel right cooking without it.
Now, would you believe it if we told you that Quark has multiple uses beyond the kitchen as well? We know of several DIY treatments that feature Quark.
So, once you’ve filled your belly with satisfying food made with Quark, it’s time to look at Quark in a whole new light.
Quark can be mixed up in a DIY facial mask or hair conditioner, and it can be used in a poultice to ease aching, inflamed muscles. Knowing this, you may never want to book at day at the spa again!
When you make your own treatments using Quark, you’ll be confident that what’s on your skin is all natural and good for you.
Quark really is in a class of its own, with more super powers than just about any other food. It’s a whiz in the kitchen and a home remedy, too. In other words, it’s a superfood that’s a whole lot more than meets the eye.