Tzatziki Sauce by Josh S.

25 09 2008

Tzatziki is a Greek salad that is made up of strained yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and salt. There are many different ways you can make it which include adding ingredients like dill, pepper, lemon juice, parsley, mint, olive oil, and olives for a garnish. Tzatziki can also be used as a sauce to top souvlaki or the more popular gyros but is always served cold. In some places tzatziki is accompanied with pita bread and served as an appetizer. Many countries have the same or similar dish they just use a different name. For example dry tarator is a dish served in the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria and it is the same thing.

Tzatziki sauce:

16 ounces of plain yogurt

2 cucumbers

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh dill

3 cloves garlic

Put the yogurt in a cheese cloth or tea towel and strain into a bowl in the refrigerator for about two hours. Take the cucumber, peel, remove the seeds, and dice. Then squeeze in cheese cloth to remove the liquid. Mince the garlic. Take the dill and finely mince. In a bowl combine strained yogurt, garlic, dill, cucumbers, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix together and store in the refrigerator (stays good for about a week.). Goes great as an appetizer with pita or on gyros with onion and tomato.

*If you don’t have the time to strain the yogurt you can put everything into a blender and then serve. (Still peel, seed and dice the cucumbers but do not mince the garlic. Keep everything cold.)

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