Traditional Greek cuisine: tzatziki

Today I am sharing with you a perfect summer recipe: Greek tzatziki. I discovered and immediately fell in love with this dish while traveling around Greece, on the beautiful Corfu island. It is also popular in Turkey under the name ‘cacik’ (pronounced “djadjik”). This fresh and creamy dish made of yogurt and cucumbers will make you as enthousiatic about it as me. It can be served as  an appetizer with vegetable sticks or pita bread, or as a sauce for your spicy grilled meat dishes, such as lamb skewers.

Fiber and antioxidants rich, cucumber is combined in this recipe with yogurt, to make a refreshing, nourishing and tasty dish. Some people like to flavour it with dill, parsley or mint. I personally love it plain, I think that the tasty of fresh ingredients is sufficient in itself, especially with good quality olive oil.

To ensure a thick, creamy result, it is imperative to use a real Greek yogurt. Beware of misleading labels in supermarkets! Yogurt should be thick and firm, like ricotta, and not contain any cream or sugar. You should be able to flip the yogurt pot without spilling its content. Total brand is perfectly suitable for this recipe. If you cannot find an authentic Greek yogurt, pic a good quality, thick plain yogurt, and let it drain in a coffee filter to get rid of its excess water.

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Tzatziki is a perfect appetizer.

Serves 4

  • 200g Greek yoghurt OR 400g regular plain yoghurt
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • pepper
  • salt

Directions

  1. If you are using authentic Greek yogurt, proceed to the next step. If you ar using regular yogurt, pour it into a coffee filter and let it drain over a soup plate for about 3 hours, until it has lost about one third of its original volume.
  2. Wash the cucumber. Half it lengthwise. Remove the seeds and grate it with a large size grater.
  3. Crush the garlic cloves and mix them with yogurt in a bowl.
  4. Add the grated cucumber and olive oil.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let stand for at least an hour in the fridge to allow flavors to develop.

 

I wish you a good culinar trip to Greece!

Eleonora

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. annascuisine says:

    Oh, my gosh! I love tzatziki. I will definitely try your recipe once I buy some zucchini. This looks awesomely delicious. Yum! ❤

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  2. annascuisine says:

    I mean cucumber lol. I’m thinking of zucchini for the recipe I have in mind. Sorry about that. 🙂

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    1. Eleonora says:

      Ha ha, no worries Anna! Let me know what you thought about the recipe ones you tried it 🙂

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      1. annascuisine says:

        Sure. I’m going to make it today. I have all the ingredients. Yay! 🙂

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      2. Eleonora says:

        So, how did it go? 🙂

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      3. annascuisine says:

        It was delicious. You got me hooked on Tzatziki. 😀 Thank you for sharing. I wish you a great weekend. 🙂

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      4. Eleonora says:

        You are very welcome Anna! Have a lovely day 🙂

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      5. annascuisine says:

        Likewise, Elonora. 🙂

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