Some of our favorite memories here at the store, are of us gathered around the table, eating, drinking, and laughing the night away. While most of those nights are at one of our houses, no matter whose house we are at, it almost always includes chips and dips. With the Biggest NFL Game Day fast approaching, we thought we would share our favorite recipe for a Greek Favorite.
Tzatziki, is traditionally made with greek yogurt, and was eaten as a dip. Since it's inception during the Ottoman Empire, Tzatziki has been made using several different ingredients, below we have listed the traditional way, but you can add spices or other ingredients to meet your taste buds. Tzatziki can be used in several different ways such as, a condiment on sandwiches, as a spread for charcuterie boards, a topping to your favorite meat or fish. But since it is the Big Game, we like it simple and serve it with fresh pita, that is cut into small triangles, which make the perfect dipping vessel, for that taste of the mediterranean.
We hope this recipe makes it to your table soon!
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt 480 g, can use dairy-free
- 1 cup shredded or diced cucumber 200 g
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar 30 mL
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp chopped dill
- Salt and pepper to taste
Thicken yogurt: Strain yogurt using a cheesecloth or paper towel for 30 minutes to 3 hours to remove excess moisture (can skip this step if you're in a hurry).
Prep cucumber: Meanwhile, sprinkle a pinch of salt onto shredded or diced cucumber and spoon into cheesecloth or paper towels. Let sit for a few minutes then wring it out to draw out moisture.
Mix: Mix together yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, and lemon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil for flavor and shine.
- Serve with pita, veggies, on Roasted Chickpea Gyros, or really anything!
- The flavors become less tangy as you let them sit, so your tzatziki might just be best the next day. The gift that keeps on giving.