Delicious Party Recipes with Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt

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The weather is getting warmer, the patio furniture is coming out of storage, and many of us are getting ready for BBQ season! Whether it’s a lunch with your girlfriends or an imtimate backyard gathering, the menu is always a big part of planning a party. I focus on two main things when I’m planning a party menu—the food has to be delicious and the recipes have to be easy. Between cleaning the house and decorating for the party, I want to make sure I’ve chosen crowd-pleasing recipes that I can prepare either the evening before the party or quickly on party day.

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts - Delicious Party Recipes

As part of the Chatelaine Tasters & Testers program, I was asked to develop two recipes using Astro® Original Balkan Style Yogourt. I feel like I’m always planning my next party so I wanted to develop two recipes that are great for entertaining. I chose two recipes that are both easy to prepare plus you can get a lot of this ready the evening before the party!

Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad - Delicious Party Recipes

I love working with the Astro® Original because it’s 100% all-natural. When you’re including these products in your recipes, you know exactly what you’re feeding your family and guests. The thick and creamy texture works well both in no-bake and baked recipes.

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts:

These Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts include Astro® Original Balkan Style All-Natural Vanilla Yogourt. It has a delicious vanilla flavour that pairs so nicely with dessert recipes! I’d recommend making these tarts the day before your party so that they have time to set in the fridge overnight. If you can’t wait that long to try them (they are irresistible), you can dig in after they’ve had at least two hours to cool.

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts
  • Sugar Cookie Crust:
  • ½ cup unsalted Lactantia® butter, slightly melted
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Lactantia® milk
  • Key Lime Cheesecake Filling:
  • ½ cup Astro® Original Balkan Style All-Natural Vanilla Yogourt
  • ½ cup Lactantia® cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, large
  • juice of 10 key limes (approximately ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  1. Sugar Cookie Crust:
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter & sugar.
  4. Add flour and milk and beat until the mixture is slightly crumbled.
  5. Using hands, form sugar cookie crust into dough and press into 6 medium-sized tart baking cups.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and push down centers of tart shells to make room for the cheesecake filling.
  8. Key Lime Cheesecake Filling:
  9. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  10. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  11. Add all other ingredients and beat until smooth.
  12. Scoop filling evenly into 6 baked tart shells.
  13. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set (filling will no longer jiggle).
  14. Let cool on a cooling rack for one hour then place in fridge to chill for one hour before serving.

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts - Delicious Party Recipes

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts - Delicious Party Recipes

Key Lime Cheesecake Tarts - Delicious Party Recipes

Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad:

For this recipe I used the Astro® Original Balkan All-Natural Yogourt. It’s made of only three ingredients (100% all-natural) skim milk, cream and active bacterial cultures. To start preparing this recipe the day before your party, you can cook your pasta, prepare the rest of your ingredients (chop onions, rinse & drain canned ingredients, shred cheese) and store them in containers in the refrigerator. Right before serving, mix together the sauce (yogourt and BBQ sauce) and toss all the ingredients in a large bowl to combine.

Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad - Delicious Party Recipes

Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad
  • 375g box rotini pasta
  • 1 cup Astro® Original Balkan All-Natural Yogourt
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • 3 cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 340ml can corn niblets, rinsed and drained
  • 540ml can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup green onion, diced
  • 1½ cup shredded Black Diamond® cheddar cheese
  • crispy onions as a garnish
  1. Cook pasta until tender. Drain & rinse with cool water. Place pasta in large bowl.
  2. Add chicken, corn, black beans and green onions to pasta. Toss to mix well.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together yogourt and BBQ sauce until well mixed.
  4. Pour yogourt mixture over pasta salad and stir well to mix.
  5. Add shredded cheese and toss well until all pasta is coated in sauce.
  6. Serve in pasta bowls topped with crispy onions as a garnish.
  7. Store leftovers in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Southwest Chicken Pasta Salad - Delicious Party Recipes

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