Get Freaky with Tzatziki!

January 27, 2011

“The Greeks don’t want no freaks.” –The Eagles

Are you a Greek food freak?  If so, then you probably know the name of that white sauce they put on gyros and such.  But for those who love that sauce but never know how to ask for more except to say, “Can I have more of that white stuff?” it’s called tzatziki (pronounced sat-seek-ee).  It’s a very simple and tasty condiment made from Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice and salt.  It’s quite easy to make now that Greek yogurt – which is strained and therefore thicker than regular yogurt – is so readily available in supermarkets these days.  The tzatziki can be made an hour or so ahead of time and then chilled.  Don’t skip the step about squeezing the moisture out of the cucumbers – they have a lot of liquid and if you don’t expel it, your tzatziki will be watery.   It’s a marvelous accompaniment for roasted meats, but just using it as a dip for bread or veggies is delicious.  Use it instead of mayo on a turkey sandwich or in chicken salad, or as salad dressing for a unique (and healthier) twist.  Enjoy!

Freaky Tzatziki

(makes about 2 cups)

12 oz. plain Greek yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

Juice from ½ a lemon

¼ cup olive oil

1 tsp. salt, or to taste

Using a cheese cloth (or several paper towels), squeeze the moisture out of the grated cucumber.  Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until well blended.  Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to one hour.  Eat!   



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