Cacik

Cacik created by Lavender Lynn

This is posted for ZWT3. This is a recipe from Steven Raichlen. This is part dip and part salad served on hors d'oeuvre platters in Turkey. This is also known as tzatziki sauce in Greece.

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  • Peel the cucumber and seed it, if necessary, then coarsely grate or finely chop it.
  • Place the grated cucumber in a colander and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Let stand, over a bowl or in sink, for 20 minutes to drain off some of the excess water from the cucumber.
  • Blot the cucumber dry with paper towels.
  • Put the yogurt in a bowl.
  • Stir in cucumber, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons of mint/dill, 1 tablespoon oil and pepper.
  • Taste for seasoning, adding salt or pepper as necessary.
  • To serve, drizzle with remaining tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle remaining tablespoon of mint/dill.
  • Serve as a dip with wedges of fresh pita bread.
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"This is posted for ZWT3. This is a recipe from Steven Raichlen. This is part dip and part salad served on hors d'oeuvre platters in Turkey. This is also known as tzatziki sauce in Greece."

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  1. Ma Field
    I really liked this. Followed the hint of another reviewer and didn't drain it so it was runnier. It worked great in the dish I put it over. Made for ZWT6 by a Looney Spooner.
  2. jessi_mcg
    How yummy! I have enjoyed cucumber sauces when dining out in the past, and I can't believe it has taken me this long to try making one myself! This is very easy to put together; despite the time for the cucumber to drain it is very quick as well. I will say I thought the salt was a bit strong, and I actually added a bit more cucumber to try and balance that out. Worked like a charm! Also, you might want to add the mint or dill a bit at a time (I chose dill) as it is definitely powerful in the quantity listed. Thanks for posting! Made for Mischief Makers, ZWT 6.
  3. UmmBinat
    Delicious! I used small Arabic cucumbers which I grated on the chunkier grate side of a box grater, for the salt I used sea salt, I chose to use one small garlic clove out of preference here and the fresh mint. I made this exactly as stated and served it along with Recipe #87844 and would do so again.
  4. serim11
    I needed to put my two cents. I am from Istanbul and have eaten thousands of cacik in hundreds of Turkish places in my life. Cacik is supposed to have water in it, more liquid-er than your recipe, but a bit thicker than ayran. I mean it is not thick in consistency like a dip. It is a bit watery, which is why people drink it like a soup on the side in individual small bowls. And there is also a little bit olive oil dribbled on top of it at the very end.
  5. weekend cooker
    A nice light dinner last night. Made recipe as written, using a regular cucumber, and fresh mint. Strained the yogurt, and easy making healthy, tasty recipe. Made for Potluck tag.
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