Friday, August 8, 2008

For the love of all things Greek

After being surprised that I couldn't find my favorite tzatziki sauce at Metropolitan Market the other day, I went on a quest to create my own.

And we now have a weekend's worth of greek yogurt and cucumber sauce. It is heavenly. Perfect for veggies or pita bread - oh wheat, how I love you! Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Tzatziki Sauce
  • 1 large cucumber, shredded
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 3 cups greek yogurt (I used the Greek Gods)
  • 1 T chopped fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper
Shred the cucumber. If you'd like the sauce more chunky, sprinkle 1 tablespoon salt on the cucumber, and let it stand to draw out the water. Drain well. If you'd like the sauce thinner, don't bother to draw out the water.

In a blender or food processor, combine cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, and pepper. If you'd like it more chunky, throw it in your mixer. Blend it on up. Pour the yogurt into the mixture and mix. Add salt to taste.

Let it cure in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

Serve with veggies, pita bread or chips. You can make a sweet Greek Chicken Pita with this recipe (better as a chunky recipe) using pita bread, baked and sliced chicken, sliced cucumbers, and the sauce. It's a pretty decent copy to my favorite Greek Chicken Pita from the great little restaurant, The Oak Table Cafe, in Sequim.

Eat your Greek little heart out. :)

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