All I have to say is that the Greek tzatziki dip is “yummy!”It is full of healthy benefits from the greek yogurt and the savory and refreshing taste makes it unforgettable
We all have heard of it and most of us have tasted it. But tzatziki sauce/dip seems to have mutated the last few years both in Greece and here in the USA and I don’t like it
Consequently I have decided that it is about time that this delicious greek dip to return back to it’s roots and find it’s old glory. Time to throw away the rather fatty sour cream and grab that wonderful, healthy and tasty greek yogurt out of the refrigerator.
There are also variations of it that has dill or spearmint in it. In addition some people add carrots or even roasted beets in it for added color.But the most noteworthy and my favorite is the one I grew up on, back in Athens,Greece, plain with spearmint. So you can dip those fries, the pita bread or even plain bread and vegetables in it.
Finally,here is my recipe try making it for your next party and let me know in the comments what you think…
The ultimate Greek dip
- 200 grams greek yogurt plain
- 1/2 of whole English cucumber seeded
- 2 cloves garlic grated
- 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 2 tbsp spearmint leaves finely chopped
- 2 tsp salt or more if you wish
To start grate the cucumber, add half a tsp of salt and set aside in a strainer for 10 minutes in order for it to remove it's water. Once that is done squeeze as much water as you can out of it and place in a bowl.
Add the yogurt and the garlic to the grated cucumber.
Then add the spearmint leaves and finally the olive oil. Mix with a spoon and add the salt to taste. I add 1 1/2 tsp but it is really up to you.You may add salt substitute if you wish.
Once everything is incorporated, place the tzatziki in the refrigerator till you are ready to serve it.
But here are some things that you need to know about the tzatziki:
- It has a lot of healthy benefits and it is full of probiotics from the yogurt and good fat from the olive oil! It is very friendly to a low carb diet and by estimating the serving size to 1 heaping tbsp per person, it will only set you back about 50 calories.
- Keep in mind that the longer you let it sit in the refrigerator, the stronger the garlic flavor it gets. So if you plan on serving it the next day, then you may want to put less garlic.
- Personally I like to use a 2% low fat greek yoghurt (from a famous greek brand that is available in most big supermarkets here in the USA) but, again it is up to you. No, a regular yogurt isn't going to work out as it will be too watery in the end.
- If the next day, there is some water accumulated on top of the tzatziki dip, you may want to remove it, as it is water that has come out because of the salt.
- I love dipping French fries or steak fries in it. Other things you may try is pita bread, vegetables or even bread. It is also a great addition to a gyro sandwich...yum!
- In conclusion you may serve it with fries or pita bread. In Greece it also serves as a side dish to meat entrees
Τry this tzatziki, on a lamb burger with arugula instead of lettuce, and you will be amazed at how versatile it is!
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Till next time,