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tzatziki sauce

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Greek Yogurt (or regular plain yogurt
  • strained as described above)
  • juice of one lemon (about 3 T)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • seeded and diced
  • about 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
  • 1 T finely chopped fresh dill (can substitute mint leaves for a slightly different version)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Details

Level of difficulty Easy
Cost Budget Friendly

Preparation

Step 1

traditional draining of yogurt-Let the yogurt drain on the counter for 2 hours, or until it reaches the thickness you want.

If you don't have Greek yogurt, strain plain yogurt as described above. Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise and take a small spoon and scrape out seeds. Discard seeds. (If you use the small seedless or European cucumbers with few seeds, you can skip this step.) Slice cucumbers, then put in a colander, sprinkle on 1 T salt, and let stand for 30 minutes to draw out water. Drain well and wipe dry with a paper towel

In food processor with steel blade, add cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and a few grinds of black pepper. Process until well blended, then stir this mixture into the yogurt. Taste before adding any extra salt, then salt if needed.chill for at least two hours before serving so flavors can blend. (This resting time is very important.)


This will keep for a few days or more in the refrigerator, but you will need to drain off any water and stir each time you use it.


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