Yesterday I posted my most delicious Marinated Souvlaki recipe, and we all know you cannot have Souvlaki without the famous Tzatziki, so here is my favorite Tzatziki recipe. The trick to this is to use the full fat Balkan Style yogurt, and drain out the whey. Some people make it chunky, but I personally prefer it with the cucumber shredded or grated . You be the judge!
- 1 large english cucumber grated and water squeezed out of it
- 1/2 tsp(2mL) salt
- 1 (750 g) container of Balkan Style Yogurt
- 5 or 6 cloves of garlic minced
- 2 tbsp (30mL) minced fresh dill or dried
- 1tbsp(15 mL) minced frsh mint or dried
- 1tbsp(15mL) extra virgin olive oil
- 1tbsp(15mL) lemon juice
The day before you want to make this , take the yogurt and place into a fine strainer sitting over a bowl and put some plastic over the yogurt , place in the refrigerator for the night. You can use cheese cloth as well if you don’t have a fine strainer. This well let the liquid drain out of the yogurt and you will be left with ” yogurt cheese” Pour out liquid, and place remaining yogurt into a medium size bowl.
Grate cucumber , squeeze out water and place in the bowl with yogurt. Add remaining ingredients and combine well . Place in airtight container and keep in refrigerator until needed.
Good with Souvlaki, crackers, chips, and used as a condiment for pitas , gyros, and various other meats.
This sounds so refreshing! Wonderful, I’m sure, with your tzatziki.
Yes , we love this stuff, I’ve tried lower fat versions, and it just isn’t the same . The Balkan Style yogurt is still healthy though , there really is no comparison with homemade vs store bought !
I absolutely LOVE tzatziki sauce, and, although I knew it featured yogurt and cucumber, I wouldn’t have known where to begin without this terrific post and helpful hints. I’m definitely going to make some very soon. Thanks!
Thank-you for the kind words, yes this is a nice recipe, and if you drain the yogurt first it will not become runny. The yogurt cheese as they call it , also makes a nice ice cream and versatile for dips as well.