Friday, May 31, 2013

Tzantziki! It's So Easy, You Can Make It Before You Figure Out How to Pronounce It!

This Greek cucumber sauce is a fresh addition to grilled meat and steamed rice. 
With a touch of garlic, it even has a good "kick" of flavor. 
Finely chop or shred 1 cucumber
I like to keep the skin on the cucumber to add color...  this one was peeled. 
Add 1/2 t salt and 1/2 t garlic powder.  Stir. 
It is important to do this before you add the dairy.  It mixes better this way. 

Find a good Greek Yogurt or a sour cream.  If you want to use yogurt but can't find it in a Greek style, strain a regular or low fat yogurt for 30 minutes  This thickens the yogurt.  
I don't keep cheese cloth on hand, so when I need to strain the yogurt, I place a few coffee filters along the sides of a strainer and then pour the yogurt on top to strain. 

Add 2 heaping spoons full of yogurt.

Stir and enjoy. 
This tastes even better after resting for 30 minutes or more. 


Liz said...

Hi. Do you ever put chopped onion in it? Good tip about using coffee filters instead of cheesecloth!

Vassi said...

Hi Liz! I like tzanziki with garlic.