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My husband and I spent 8 weeks in Europe during the summer of 2010, 4 weeks of which we spent in Greece. We had the time of our lives, immersing ourselves in the culture, the food and enjoying the landscapes and the sea. We visited many areas of mainland Greece (Athens, Meteora, Corinth, Patros, etc.) and several islands (Skopelos, Allonisos, Skiathos, and Santorini).
Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt dip that's traditionally served with bread or pitas as an appetizer and often accompanies grilled meat dishes like souvlaki and grilled lamb or seafood. It's unbelievably easy to make and is perfect for serving with meals or as a snack with pita bread and veggies. And my recipe calls for 0% Greek yogurt, so it's a low-fat snack that's full of flavour!
I guarantee, if you like Greek food you will love this recipe! And you might even find yourself making it again and again, like I do!
Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (I use 0%, but feel free to use a higher milk fat percentage if that's not something you're concerned about)
1/3 to 1/2 a cucumber, grated
2 tsp olive oil
a pinch (or two) of sea salt
the juice of 1/2 lemon
2 garlic cloves, grated, minced or pressed
a few sheets of kitchen paper towels
First of all, it's critical that you use Greek yogurt to make this dip. Conventional plain yogurt contains a large amount of water that makes this dip far too runny. It's possible to make Greek-style yogurt yourself by straining conventional yogurt through a sheet of cheesecloth (I've also used kitchen paper towel in a pinch) and using only the thick, creamy yogurt left behind, but since Greek yogurt is so readily available in supermarkets these days it's not necessary (or cost effective) to do this work yourself.
Add the lemon juice, minced garlic and grated cucumber. Make sure you squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the grated cucumber before adding it to the bowl (wrapping it in kitchen paper towels helps!).
Some recipes I've seen call for peeling the cucumber first, but I love seeing the flecks of green peek through the white yogurt. And I'm all about keeping it simple whenever possible.
Stir everything together well and add a couple pinches of salt.
Store in a covered container in the fridge for a few hours before serving. This helps the garlic and lemon flavours work their way through the mixture evenly. Before you serve, taste the dip and add another pinch of salt if you wish (to your taste).
This dip is a staple in our family's meal plan with grilled chicken, pork or turkey burgers and the kids love it spread on some whole grain pita slices or as a dip for sliced peppers at lunch time.
Doesn't it look so creamy and wonderful??
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your family's favourite homemade dip or spread?
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