Kefir is one of the most useful dairy products, from which, by the way, you can cook many delicious things.
And its main advantage is rightly considered versatility and frugality. If kefir turned out to be overdue, this is not a reason to throw it away, you have many variations of recipes.
If you replace kefir with buttermilk, the taste of the dishes will not lose at all, and perhaps even the opposite. Buttermilk is the most delicate nonfat cream obtained in the production of butter from cow’s milk
Appetizers, Salads, and Sauces with Buttermilk
A fitness solution in a million if you’re on a diet. The salad is extremely unpretentious to prepare. The combination of carrots, sesame seeds, apple and nuts create a really fresh flavor.
The appetizer is said to have been invented by English bartenders. Simple recipe, uncomplicated implementation, spicy and invigorating taste – the perfect idea for a noisy party with alcohol.
Goes well with both fish and meat. The combination of kefir, homemade mayonnaise, garlic and herbs will accentuate and embellish any dish. Play with flavor – instead of garlic, add chili peppers or yalta onions.
The recipe is so simple that even a child can make it. The dish can be used as a side dish as well as an appetizer. Let me tell you a little secret: the thinner you chop the cucumbers, the better.
This crunchy, low-calorie salad with a creamy kefir dressing is a simple, yet original idea for a healthy dinner. Roasted walnuts give the greens a special and unusual flavor, and the kefir complements the dish, bringing many probiotic, beneficial properties to it.
Don’t be stingy with experimentation, taste the dish along with grilled meats, cheese and corn chips. Such a salad is extraordinarily bright when served, and unforgettable in taste.
Pick the greens at your discretion, either way, you won’t lose. Absolutely every ingredient in this recipe is healthy and, best of all, tastes memorable.
This is the perfect lunch for those who exercise and are puzzled about gaining muscle mass. The salad contains an obscene amount of protein. Prepare a hearty, high-calorie dish on those days when you need a quick snack, and also arrange a little gastronomic feast for yourself.
A real breakfast of champions! Mix cereal with kefir, nuts and fruit for a nutritious porridge full of unexpected and juicy flavors.
The result is a thicker, creamier kefir that can and should be spread on whole-grain bread, crackers or breads. Top the spread with garlic, basil or olives for a tangy flavor. The combination of fresh kefir and vegetables is a good idea for the most delicious breakfast.
The main secret to this vitamin salad is the slightly sour kefir used in the dressing. This spicy and moderately sour dish will give an unforgettable gastronomic experience!
A great detox version of the kefir-based smoothie for weight loss. The drink boasts not only a high vitamin C content, but also an excellent taste and bright colors.
To make the smoothie even more healthy and nutritious – just sweeten it with a spoonful of honey. Honey and kefir are a great pairing that complements each other favorably.
And this recipe should appeal to the littlest ones. A great alternative to a quick breakfast before school. I doubt you or your child will be indifferent to such an unexpected and dainty combination of flavors and textures.
This drink is likely to become your favorite. Rum combines very well with juicy raisins, honey syrup, sweet vanilla liqueur, and invigorating kefir.
For a vitamin cocktail of kefir and fresh herbs, parsley, dill, cilantro, arugula, celery and spinach are most commonly used. Choose the fat content of kefir at your discretion. Such a mix of flavors will help you wake up soon and come to your senses after a sleepless night.
Kefir-based Cakes and Desserts
The versatility of this recipe is that the bread’s neutral flavor allows it to be eaten with both salty spreads and sweet toppings. Great with soups and second courses.
The classic recipe – without dried fruit, so it turns out less caloric. But for brightness of taste, I suggest adding raisins, apricots and honey pumpkin. Believe me, it will be impossible to tear yourself away from the dessert!
This version of the famous dessert is most often made in Scotland. And I think the Scots know a lot about cooking – the brownie turns out incredibly airy and light.
20. Banana kefir pudding.
A rather famous chef thought, “why not add a little kefir to the not infamous English dessert?” It came out not just good, but very appetizing. The kefir befriended the main ingredients nicely.
Such a simple and very photogenic dessert would look great in a deep champagne glass. The unforgettable combination of fruit syrup, cinnamon, and whipped kefir promises to be a highlight!
22. Apple cinnamon pie.
The pie comes out very soft and airy, taking on a weightless texture. There is clearly something nostalgic and warm to the heart. Perhaps a similar pie was made by your grandmother as a child. This is exactly the kind of treat that disappears in the blink of an eye!
23. Lemon cake.
This kefir-based lemon dessert just melts in your mouth, leaving a nice sour-sweet, slightly tart aftertaste.
The recipe for this savory pie is quite simple. Attention: the kefir must be fresh, and the ground beef must be juicy and well seasoned. Only in this way will the pie absorb the entire palette of flavors.
Pumpkin bread is a delicious fall recipe. It has a pleasant texture, an unusually tender and pleasant flavor, and what’s convenient – it’s extremely easy to make and store.
26. Okroshka on kefir.
I just couldn’t resist mentioning the recipe for okroshka. A traditional summer dish that has its inimitable sourness. The perfect option to quench thirst and hunger in the hot season.
This soup shall be served cold. It is made of kefir, garlic and thinly sliced cucumbers. Jajik is good in any form: whether it is the first dish, or a dressing for salads.
The main trick of this soup is beets, combined with kefir, which contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, and also contribute to digestion. Adding a little spice, you will never forget the taste of this miracle soup.
The soup is dominated by soft pastel hues and just unreal flavors. A good choice for a cozy fall meal.
Kefir-based Main Courses, Cheeses and Side Dishes
Making your own cheese at home is a dream come true! Making cheese is a quick and good way to use up excess kefir. The taste is maximum rich, tangy, and at the same time delicate, so much so that it can be spread on bread.
When making cheese, try replacing cream cheese, sour cream, or Greek yogurt with kefir. The result will surpass all expectations!
You will have to spend very little time and effort to make the cheese taste as authentic as possible. You can be sure that you won’t find this kind of Cheddar in any delicatessen.
This dish is much easier and faster to prepare than sausages in the oven. For this recipe, kefir-based dough is used instead of yeast-based dough. You’ll love the combination of the tender, thin dough and juicy milk sausages.
34. Crispy fried chicken.
A great idea for a holiday party. You should mix fresh kefir, chicken breast and a pinch of fancy (like poached or spiced pineapple) and absolutely all your guests will ask for your recipe.
The finely sliced coleslaw pairs well with almost any main course and is a crisp, creamy and refreshing side dish.
Totally unpretentious to prepare. The tastiest alternative to regular fried chicken, all thanks to the tender texture of buttermilk and young potatoes.
Replace the usual milk with buttermilk, and you’re sure to feel the difference. The flavor of the side dish will unfold more vividly. Buttermilk will give a rich cream color and tangy depth to the hot potatoes.
A great way to cook white beans of any variety is to boil them with a little onion and garlic and, the moment they become soft, add buttermilk and fresh garlic. Buttermilk will give a little sourness to the dish and garlic will spice up the aftertaste.