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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.

Enjoy!

Laura

10 comments :

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

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?
~april

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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Karena
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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.
Thanks!
~Liz