Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tzatziki Sauce

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Tzatziki is a Greek sauce/dip/dressing made from Greek yogurt, cucumber and fresh herbs. I have been having it since I was a kid, homemade from my Greek grandmother (Yiayia). I love this stuff. It has a great refreshing taste and extremely simple to make (and healthy to eat). I use this as a dip with fresh veggies or crackers but it tastes especially delicious on meat and seafood. I have been going through a tzatziki phase lately and have been using it every week on top of veggie and turkey burgers. Tonight however, I am making lamb burgers which I am really excited about because this recipe is to die for. (Lamb burger recipe will be up this week).

I hope you enjoy this staple Greek recipe that has been a favorite of mine since a kid!

TZATZIKI SAUCE
2 (7-ounce) containers of plain Greek yogurt (you can use regular, reduced fat or fat free. Just note that the less fat you use, the less creamy it will be. But still delicious flavor)
1/4 cup of reduced fat sour cream
1 large English cucumber (the long skinny ones), peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
The juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped dill
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped mint

Take your peeled/chopped cucumber and place in a colander. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 30 minutes or so to draw out the water. After 30 minutes squeeze the cucumber to eliminate any additional water and pat dry with a paper towel. Set cucumber aside. Next, combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Stir in the chopped cucumber pieces (or blend if you prefer but I like the little bit of crunch that the cucumber adds). Poor in a bowl and garnish with fresh dill. Serve as a dip or over your favorite meat or seafood.

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