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GREEK TZATZIKI - YOGURT AND CUCUMBER DIP AND CONDIMENT
This is truly a Greek accompaniment for many dishes. It is a Greek dipping sauce, "mayonnaise", and an impossible to do without condiment for many Greek dishes.
Thick Greek Yogurt, cucumbers, garlic and Greek olive oil make this a never to forget favorite for travelers to Greece.
RECIPE PRINTED FROM: THEGUTSYGOURMET.NET©
INGREDIENTS:Yields 4 cups
• 1 Quart yogurt strained overnight and made into Yogurt Cheese
• ˝ cup cucumber, shredded, squeezed of water and finely diced
• 2 large cloves garlic, (minced)
• 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
• 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (Greek of Course)
• 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• ˝ teaspoon sea salt or to taste
• ˝ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
• Optional ingredients, see COOK'S NOTES**
1. 1st day: Making the yogurt cheese.
Put cheese cloth, a heavy paper towel (Viva) or a coffee filter in a strainer. Put the
strainer over a bowl to catch the whey that runs from the yogurt. Put in your yogurt,
cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. This will give the yogurt a consistency
of soft cream cheese. Draining overnight should do the trick.
2. 2nd day: Preparing the cucumber.
The next day, peel a cucumber. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise. With a teaspoon, scrape out the
seeds and discard. Grate the cucumber on a microplane or cheese grater. Take 1/2 cup of the
shredded cucumber and squeeze out the juice into the sink (discard).
3. Putting the sauce together.
Remove the yogurt cheese from the cheese cloth and place in a mixing bowl. Add garlic, olive oil,
dill, salt, pepper and cucumber (shredded and the water squeezed out). Mix well then cover and
refrigerate if not using immediately.
Variations to this recipe can be made by adding minced mint leaves, basil leaves, fresh dill, oregano
or ground fenugreek. Drizzling a few drops or more of good Greek olive oil on top gives the tzatziki
another wonderful touch. Garnish with a few Kalamata Olives, a lemon wedge or fresh basil sprigs.
NOTE: ALTHOUGH NOT THE EXACT RECIPE SHOWN, THE VIDEO BELOW MIGHT BE OF HELP.
HOW TO MAKE GREEK TZATZIKI
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