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Green Bruchetta

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200 calories

30 min

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Think of yogurt as the Swiss Army knife of the culinary world. From Ayran to Labneh, its forms are many, its uses versatile. But let's zero in on a common element that often goes unnoticed: salt.

Why is salt so prevalent in these Middle Eastern yogurt creations? The answer isn't just taste; it's about survival. In the arid landscapes where these recipes originated, salt isn't a luxury—it's a necessity.

Imagine you're trekking through the desert, where water is as rare as a genuine reality TV moment. Your body isn't just losing water; it's losing essential salts, minerals that help you retain hydration. In an environment where every drop of water counts, salt is a vital ally. It helps your body hold onto moisture, making it not just a seasoning but a survival tool.

So the next time you sip on Ayran or spread Labneh on your bread, know that you're enjoying more than just a culinary delight. You're taking part in a survival strategy that dates back centuries, designed for life in some of the Earth's harshest climates. A pinch of salt makes all the difference.

Ingredients


  • 2 bruchetta slice

  • 1 cup fresh peas

  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed into 2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • Salt to taste

  • Pepper to taste

  • 1 cup Middle Eastern salted yogurt (Labneh or similar)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional for yogurt)

  • Olive oil for drizzling



Steps


Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Arrange the baruchetta slices on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Toast in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until they are lightly golden and crisp.

While the bread is toasting, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the asparagus pieces and sauté for about 3 minutes.

Add the fresh peas to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and continue to sauté until both the asparagus and peas are tender but still vibrant in color, about another 5 minutes.

If you wish, you can add minced garlic to the salted yogurt for an extra kick. Simply mix the garlic into the yogurt until well combined.

To assemble, spread a generous layer of the salted yogurt onto each toasted bruchetta slice.

Top each yogurt-slathered bruchetta slice with a spoonful of the pea and asparagus mixture.

Optionally, drizzle a little more olive oil over the top for added richness.


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