Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Tzatziki

I love greek food.  I especially love tzatziki, the cool, creamy, garlicky sauce that accompanies souvlaki and is great as a dip with pita and raw vegetables.

Yogurt and cucumber star in Tzatziki


2 cups of plain yogurt, drained  (Greek yogurt is best and doesn't require draining - it's already thick)
2 cloves of finely chopped garlic (chop your garlic on a little salt, the salt will absorb the garlic juices, so none goes to waste)
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, diced and drained
1 tblspn of lemon juice
1 tblspn finely chopped fresh dill

To drain the yogurt, put it on 2 or 3 coffee filters in a colander over a bowl and let sit for about 2 hours.  You want it thick like sour cream.

To drain the cucumber, salt it and leave it in a colander for about half an hour to release the moisture.

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  Refrigerate for at least two hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Serve with grilled meats, pita triangles or fresh vegetables.


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