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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Recipe: tzatziki

I'm obsessed with tzatziki. I just love it but the stuff you can get at Yoke's and Fred Meyer is WAY over priced (between $3 & $5) and not yummy at all. Here's my recipe and this is typically the way *I* make it so I don't bother to drain it because within a day or so it will become more thick.

Ingredients:
2 cups of Greek PLAIN yogurt WITH NO FLAVORINGS (about $2.50 to $3.50 depending on where you buy it and if you have a coupon)
10 to 20 cloves of garlic
2 to 3 cucumbers, peeled
1 package of baby dill
1 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt, to taste

In a food processor I combine garlic, lemon juice and dill until blended. I change the blade to the cheese blade and add the cucumber. In a large bowl mix yogurt and cucumber mixture with salt. From here you can drain it using a sieve and cheese cloth or leave as is and let to naturally thicken up overnight.

Now you have about three to four cups of dip to use on everything from salads to sandwiches to even eating it with potato chips (my weakness). Enjoy!

Tzatziki is VERY easy to customize. Don't like that much garlic? Use less. Like it more sour? Add more lemon juice. Like more of a cucumber taste? Use more cucumber. You can make it chunky buy adding chopped cucumber or more creamy by blending the dip more. It really is up to you.

Personally, I make it in HUGE batches. I buy plain yogurt @ Costco and it's HUGE. I use four or five cucumber, probably a cup of garlic and one to two packages of baby dill plus lemon and salt. My husband calls it my garlic-cucumber tzatziki. My kids gobble it up when I make it so it typically lasts in my house maybe three days.

One of my favorite meals is grilled chicken salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, cucumbers) in a pita with tzatziki. It's also one of my kids favorites and it's pretty healthy if you don't use the cheese. ;)

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