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Friday, June 21, 2013

Fit Friday: An Easy & Yummy Greek Appetizer ~ Tzatziki

As I mentioned on Wednesday we recently hosted a Bon Voyage themed dinner party at our home. A big hit was the tzatziki (pronounced za-zeek-ee). I learned how to make this from an elderly Greek woman named Fruly who was my Greek language instructor while living on the Greek island of Crete.

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You will need:

1 cup of good plain Greek yogurt (I prefer Trader Joe’s).

1 peeled and grated cucumber

The juice of one lemon (you can add more or less to taste if you like).

2 large cloves of garlic finely minced (more or less to taste).

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt to taste

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Place the grated cucumber in a colander and press down with a clean flour cloth towel or paper towel to drain the excess moisture out. If you are in a hurry you can go on to the next step. If you have a bit of time sprinkle a bit of salt over the cucumber and let it drain further for an hour or so.

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Once the grated cucumber is relatively dry mix all the ingredients together. Tzatziki gets better with time as the flavors meld together. In the Greek culture tzatziki is used as a dip as well as a sauce.  As a dip it is fantastic with vegetables, pita crackers and soft flatbread.

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The next day we enjoyed the tzatziki as a sauce over leftover chicken which was diced, a bit of tomato and a lovely pita pocket. This is a delicious take on a gyro (year oh) sandwich.




Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This sounds delicious!!!

April Dunlap said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this recipe! I know yours is yummy because it's from you, and your recipes always turn out so well. :)
You forgot to mention it's slightly addictive!
Hugs! Happy Summer(?)!

April Dunlap said...

I forgot to say, your header just makes me take a deep breath and SIGH--that blue is instant stress relief, don't you think?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This sounds sooooooo good and cool. Anything in this weather that sounds cool is going to be a favorite. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are talking my love language. Tzatziki is one of my favorites! Beautifully displayed... as usual!

Karen Albert said...

Dear Laura, I remember my first time in Greece and having Tzatziki with almost every meal. It was so delish and refreshing with the cucumber! I still cannot understand why you never see it made this way here in the states!?

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Barbara F. said...

Sounds delicious! xo

Maureen said...

I've been wanting to try making that and this sounds like the perfect recipe! Pinning.

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Mmm, I looove tzatziki sauce- thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

Liz Hockamier said...

Also high in protein! :)
This sounds refreshing and yummy.