I love Greek food!
There's nothing quite like the taste of those fresh, intensely flavoured dips served in Greek restaurants with deliciously scented hot flat breads...I can smell them now...
Tzatziki is one very popular dip with almost everyone and a really common one to find at the supermarket. Those store bought varieties are fairly poor attempts at the real thing though and Tzatziki has to be one of the easiest dips you can make at home. You probably have everything you need in your fridge right now. Nothing comes close to the taste of the real thing made with fresh ingredients.
Tzatziki makes a fantastic side dish with a meal or a starter in its own right and can be served with breads, sliced vegies, chips or whatever your preferred dipping snack is.
Be sure to give this one a try. This is a great snack to serve the kids these school holidays. It's a nice easy dip to prepare and one you can eat on the run too.
You will need:
2 cups of low fat Greek Yoghurt. (I use Easiyo and make it myself at home. If you don't have Greek style yoghurt, just plain low fat will substitute nicely.)
2 Lebanese cucumbers.
1/2 a teaspoon of minced garlic (or more to taste).
1 teaspoon of olive oil.
Juice of 1 small lemon.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the cucumbers lengthwise and remove seeds, grate and sprinkle with salt.
Place the cucumbers in a sieve and gently press to remove excess water.
In a bowl mix together the yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.
Remove the cucumbers from the sieve and gently pat dry on some paper towel.
Add cucumbers to the yoghurt base and mix well.
Dip can be eaten immediately or prepared a day in advance and kept refrigerated overnight for a stronger flavour.
Use sea salt flakes for a stunning taste. Not only do the flakes look appetising but the taste packs more punch with the inclusion of this.
A firm set yoghurt is best for this recipe (Greek style is perfect). It will still turn out great with regular yoghurt but will be a little runnier.
Fresh garlic will give a more authentic flavour than prepared minced garlic so go for this for best results.
Sprinkle the dip with a little paprika to serve for a spicy flavour and a little colour.
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