✔ Greek yogurt - 400 g
✔ cucumbers - 3 pcs (300 g)
✔ dill - bunch
✔ parsley - bunch
✔ lemon juice - 20 ml (2 tbsp.)
✔ olive oil - 2 tbsp.
✔ garlic - 4 cloves
✔ mint - 2 leaves
✔ salt - 1 tbsp.
✔ pepper - ½ tsp.
Not long ago we featured a Greek yogurt recipe, which means it’s time to make the most popular sauce involving it.
Many of you may guess that this is tzatziki. I ate the actual sauce when I was abroad, and I can tell you with certainty that there are no secret ingredients in it. So whatever we make today will be exactly the same, in taste, as the original appetizer served in Greek taverns. True, we will add some extra spices, which are more commonly used in Cyprus.
Our family likes this sauce even more. Let’s assume that you have already made Greek yogurt, so let’s start preparing the vegetables. The first thing we do is peel the cucumbers (3 pieces).
In doing so, it is advisable to taste the cucumber before chopping it further, so that it does not turn out to be bitter. Otherwise we will just ruin the whole sauce. If all is well, we take a grater and begin to grate the peeled cucumber.
Next, we take gauze and squeeze all the cucumber juice well, so that the dry pulp remains. If you don’t do this process, the sauce will turn out too liquid. In case you do not have gauze, you can strain the grated cucumber through a sieve. Put the ready mass in a container with Greek yogurt.
Now move on to the greens. Finely chop a bunch of parsley and dill. They will give the sauce a gorgeous flavor.
And here we cut some mint leaves, which add a Cypriot flavor to our tzatziki. Throw all the herbs in a container with the yogurt and cucumber. Chop the garlic with a garlic crusher and add it to the sauce. If you decide to cut with a knife, achieve the smallest fractions, so that large pieces of garlic do not get caught during the meal.
It remains only to squeeze lemon juice (2 tbsp), pour olive oil (2 tbsp) and pour salt (1 tbsp) and pepper (½ tsp). I recommend using freshly ground mixed peppers to make the flavor of the tzatziki as pleasant as possible. Stir the sauce until smooth and serve.
Tzatziki can be eaten on its own or used as a dipping sauce for dipping fish or meat into it.
And how delicious to make a simple sandwich from toast or freshly baked homemade bread.
By the way, a similar method is used for blue cheese, which we made based on mold cheese.
Bon appetit! Don’t starve 😋