Friday, May 24, 2013

Tzatziki - Yogurt Dip with Garlic, Mint, and Dill

To go along with our Greek Memorial Day Menu we have to have an all time favorite.

If you've had Greek food them I'm sure you tried Tzatziki.  It's a tangy yogurt based dip made with cool cucumbers, garlic, mint and dill.  Just perfect for with wedges of pita bread.

Don't stop there though!  Use this wonderful dip as a spread as well.  On top of the Chicken Souvlaki...yum, yum!  Use it inside a pita pocket with a salad or chicken, or lamb tucked inside. Here's MGG's favorite way to eat it.  You take a piece of pita bread and put some rice on it.  Then add some Chicken Souvlaki and top it with the Tzatziki, fold it up and take a big bite! 

Use it as a dressing on a nice Greek salad.  The uses are endless!

I love this dip...straight up or combined with other foods!  Of all the dips I think this is the best during the summer.  The coolness from the cucumbers pleases your hot palate.  

Tomorrow I'll show how to make a fresh, straight from the garden salad with a wonderful feta dressing!


Yogurt Dip with Garlic, Mint, and Dill (Tzatziki)
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Small Plates, by Joanne Weir (Time-Life Books, 1998)

2 cups plain strained yogurt (such as Fage)
About 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, halved and seeded
Salt, to taste
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs. chopped fresh mint
1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 2 to 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Using the large holes on a handheld grater-shredder, grate enough cucumber to measure 1 cup. Spread out the grated cucumber on paper towels, salt lightly and let drain for 15 minutes.

In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mint, dill, olive oil and lemon juice, to taste. Stir to mix well, then season with salt.

Transfer to a bowl and serve.


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