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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tzatziki

In my quest to build the ULTIMATE CHICKEN PITA WRAP(!)....I give you...Phase Two: Tzatziki (Phase One: The Chicken & Phase Three:  The Pita (coming soon) - click on them to view).
I never really thought I liked tzatziki.  I mean, it's yogurt-based...how good could it be?

This was my thought pattern years ago.  Then Greek yogurt hit the scene and it cured all my disdains for yogurt:  it is not runny, it has a creamy consistency, and the fat free variety is actually palatable.  


So when I finally put on my big-girl panties, and tried tzatziki,  I ACTUALLY LIKED IT!  Go figure. 

I used **Liberte 2.5% plain organic yogurt, but fat free could easily work - and if you prefer a thicker tzatziki, try using plain Greek-style yogurt.  

The cucumber is grated, then strained; I would recommend finely chopping it after it is strained, for a smooth texture - I will do this next time.


This is great as dip - I love it paired with a Greek pita, kalamata olives, cukes & grape tomatoes - it's great as a salad dressing, or, used to dress a gyro...or the Ultimate Pita Wrap....did I mention this is the direction we are headed?  Obsess much?  Yup, I do!


Tzatziki
makes about 2 1/2 cups

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
1 lemon, juiced and zested
2 cups plain yogurt (**see notes in post**)
2 TBS fresh dill, finely chopped
2 TBS fresh mint, finely chopped
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
salt and pepper, to taste

Strain the peeled, seeded, and grated cucumber in a fine mesh strainer for about 15 minutes at room temperature.  

In 2-3 layers of paper towels, roll up the drained cucumber and squeeze to release any remaining cuke juice.  Finely chop the drained, grated cucumber for a smooth texture (optional).

In a medium sized bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, dill, mint, lemon zest - stir well.  Add the juice from half of the lemon, and cucumber - mix well. 

Taste; and salt and pepper, and juice from the other half of lemon if needed.

Adapted from, The Curvy Carrot

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9 comments:

  1. This sounds like a yummy dip, that you don't have to worry about unhealthy ingredients.... pinning!!!

    hugs x
    Crystelle

    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. Yes ~ you could schmear it on anything, especially if using 0% yogurt.

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  2. I love greek food! This looks fabulous. The recipe I usually make is pretty good but I will for sure give this one a try :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. One can never have enough Tzatziki recipes...thanks for stopping bye!

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  3. You had me at Liberte yogurt! Their products are great. My man, who previously disdained basically anything that wasn't Cuban food, discovered in Bahrain a few months ago that he loves all sorts of things he had never tried before. I know he'll be delighted to try this recipe with me when he gets home from deployment!

    Natashalh

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    1. Thank him for his service, and thank you for sharing!!
      I have a feeling that anything you make for him, upon his return, will be well received :o)

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  4. Hi! Kim, Found you at Recipe Sharing Monday. I am a new follower using GFC. I love Greek food and Tzatziki. Can't wait to try your recipes. Please stop by and visit me at soupspiceeverythingnice.blogspot.com

    Have a great day!

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  5. Love Tzatziki! Pinning! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!
    Kim

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  6. yum! I love Tzatziki! I had it first at a restaurant, then came home to make my own version :o) Yours looks tasty! thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations... Winners for the giveaway will be announced Wed... Have you entered?
    www.nap-timecreations.com

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