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July 11th, 2006 (10:26 am)

Here's an approximate recipe of the appetizers I made for tiredbutwired's wedding. I was pretty happy with them considering how they were pulled out of my ass.

Greek Yogurt Canapes
1 large container of full-fat yogurt
60 small premade phyllo cups
2 tsp. dried culinary lavender (optional)
1/4 c. water
1 c. honey
1/2 c. coarsely chopped pistachios, toasted
about 1 cup fresh mint leaves

1 large bowl
1 fine strainer or colander that will fit inside the bowl and hold all of the yogurt
cheesecloth or a very clean dishtowel
tea ball, french press, or other tisane-making apparatus

Line strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth or the dishtowel and place in larger bowl. Pour yogurt into strainer, cover with a towel, and place in refrigerator for at least two hours and up to overnight, depending on how thick and tart you want the yogurt to be. If you're in a hurry, you can just completely wrap the yogurt in the cloth and squeeze the liquid out over the sink.

If you're infusing the honey with lavender: boil the water and use the french press or tea ball to make a tisane (herb infusion). Allow to steep for three minutes, remove the lavender. In a small bowl, whisk the infusion into the honey and chill.

Just before serving, spoon about 2 teaspoons of the strained yogurt into each phyllo cup, then garnish with about 1/2 tsp. of the infused honey and a sprinkling of the chopped nuts. Garnish with the mint leaves. Serve cold or at room temperature.