The dips of all dips.
The condiment that you can eat with almost anything.
The simplest, easiest, and most delicious Greek dip.
I am sure that you have at least heard of it and most of you have probably tasted it. And then some of you will understand how delicious it is and can relate to my obsession with making it. We usually always have some fresh, homemade tzatziki in the house. It really can be almost eaten with anything. Sometimes we eat it for breakfast on bread, sometimes as a snack with sliced or chopped fresh veggies, but we most commonly eat it with lunch or dinner no matter what we are having.
Some meals just taste better with a few spoonfuls of tzatziki. My favorite meals to accompany it are stuffed peppers, pastitsio, moussaka, souvlaki, and even just oven potatoes!
In summary, you must try this, it is certain to not fail you. I hope.
The recipe is simple and quick.
Tzatziki Cucumber Yogurt Recipe:
500 g. (18 oz/ 1 lb.) Greek yogurt (it must be dry or strained yogurt)
1/2 English cucumber (or a regular one, seeded to prevent excess liquid)
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh dill or mint, chopped ( or 2 tsp. dried)
1 1/2 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice
Good dash of salt
Place yogurt into a bowl, either chop or grate the cucumber, I prefer it with the skin but some people peel the cucumbers first. Place the cucumber in a strainer to again remove any excess liquid or if I am in a hurry I just give it a gentle squeeze over the sink. Add the cucumber, minced garlic, chopped dill (or mint), olive oil, vinegar (or lemon juice), and salt on top of the yogurt. With a spatula, fold (it is important to not stir or beat) all the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours for best results or serve immediately. Should be thick, fresh, and a little spicy from the garlic.
Remember, this recipe is very flexible and extremely hard to mess up. If you do not like garlic, leave it out. If you like a lot of garlic, add more! If you don’t like dill, substitute it for mint. You decide!!!
I really hope you try this sometime, and please be sure to let me know what you think? Everyone I have introduced it to has fallen in love.