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Quark Cheese Recipes

Try Quark with chives for a great spring treat!  Top off your spring egg dishes with a dollop of snipped chives and quark or put out an easy dip for a spring brunch.  This is truly an award-winning combo!

Baked Eggplant with Quark

1 large or 2 medium eggplants 1/3 C Quark
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced 1/4 C finely chopped fresh basil olive oil

Heat broiler or grill. Cut eggplant into ½ inch slices. Brush slices with olive oil and grill or broil until lightly browned on one side. Arrange on oiled baking sheet. Mix garlic with cheese and spread over slices. Bake in 350 degree oven 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and eggplant is soft. Sprinkle basil over eggplant and serve hot. Makes 4-6 servings.

Cascadilla (Chilled Creamy Tomato Soup)

1 chopped cucumber 4 C tomato juice (or fresh)
1 clove crushed garlic
1 chopped green onion
1 C quark, yogurt or sour cream
1 chopped sweet pepper
1 t honey Sever raw mushrooms, thinly
½ t dill weed Sliced (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients and chill. Can be served with croutons. Makes 4-6 servings.

Krista Dittman / Barb Dunn (my mom)
8 ounces Quark
1 ripe avocado
dash - 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic (about one clove)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
salt to taste
Mix together with pastry cutter, fork or hand mixer. Serve with chips or veggies.

Quark Tzatziki
From: Caroline Koehler, Branched Oak Farm intern
8 ounces Quark ( a soft, whole-milk cream cheese)
1 large cucumber blended in food processor with:
Small bunch of cilantro or parsley
1 teaspoon garlic (fresh or chopped)
½ teaspoon hot pepper flakes or 1 fresh hot pepper any variety
½ teaspoon lemon or lime juice
Pinch of ground cumin  (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Add cucumber mixture to the Quark until a dip consistency is reached. Some liquid from the cucumber maybe be poured off.  Extra cucumber mixture can be kept in the refrigerator and added to another carton of Quark. Serve with bread, crackers, or veggies.

Quark Fruit Tart
4-6 ounces Quark for topping
Favorite fruits, drained (too much juice will make it too runny)
1/2 cup coconut oil*
1/2 cup butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt
(or choose the easy route and buy pre-made sugar-cookie dough and bake according to package directions)
variation:  2-3 ounces melted chocolate
Beat butter and coconut oil with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add about half of the flour, the egg, sugar, milk, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Beat until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Pour crumbles into springform pan and press into a crust with the edges slightly higher than the middle. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-12 minutes (this depends on the size of the springform) until done. Let cool. Spread the Quark on the cooled crust and decorate with fruit.Berries are great but anything in season works.
Variation: melt the chocolate and then mix  with the Quark. Ratios depend on preferences. 
* Can substitute with butter. It's a bit crumblier but still works.