Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#51 New Recipes - Tzatziki Just Like In Greece!

Hubby and I went to the Mediterranean on our Honeymoon, including three stops in Greece where we consumed mountains of tzatziki. You haven't had tzatziki till you've had it in Greece. It's tangy, cool, smooth, crunchy, and utterly delightful. The flavors were more robust and crisper than anything I've had in the United States, probably because the ingredients were MUCH fresher.

Ever since returning home we've been searching for tzatziki that will send our taste buds back to Greece. We found a Mediterranean restaurant nearby that was close... so close... but not quite. So I started looking up recipes online, figuring that if I could make it myself then it would be cheaper, more satisfying and I could make large batches.

Finally I found it. Delightfully tangy, fresh tasting, almost exactly like real Greek tzatziki. Takes 20 minutes to make (and some time in the fridge chilling)

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced finely (I used just a touch less minced garlic and sprinkled in some garlic powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 cup Greek yogurt, strained (I used 1 1/2 cups of Oikos Greek Nonfat Plain yogurt - I didn't really strain it, although you can use cheese clothe to do so, but I did empty out the liquid on top of the yogurt in the container)
1 cup sour cream
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
1 tsp chopped fresh dill (Impossible for me to find, I used 1/2 tsp dried dill)

I got my Chef Husband to do the cucumbers for me:
Obviously he was thrilled to be helping out.

 1. Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
2. Using a whisk (I cheat and use a fork because I don't have a whisk of the right side), blend the yogurt with the sour cream.

3. Add the olive oil to the mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well.
4. Finally, add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill and mix in.

Chill for at least two hours before serving.

Serve with Pita Bread or crackers. Mmmm delicious.

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