Easy Peasy Tzatziki
photo by AmethystJean
- Ready In:
1 1/2 cups
- 250 g Greek yogurt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (or finely chopped)
- 1 lebanese cucumber, grated, drained
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 2 teaspoons salt
- salt and pepper, to season
- Mix the cucumber with the salt in a small container and put aside in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
- squeeze cucumber to drain it of any excess liquid.
- Combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and cucumber in a small container and mix well.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to allow flavours to develop.
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Excellent. I was looking to use up my yogurt from another recipe, which happened to be thick mediterranean. Since I didn't want to go to the store, I used lemon juice from a bottle (1 Tbsp). At first I thought it a bit acidic, but after seasoning with salt (I also don't use pepper) and letting the flavours meld, it was perfect. That would be about half the juice from a lemon, I think, so I did use less than the recipe.<br/><br/>The key to not having running dip is using the greek yogurt (or straining regular yogurt) and really getting the water out of the cucumber. I pressed it in a fine seive, then between paper towels and a kitchen towel on the outside.
Yum! I was surprised that I had to use a whole juice of lemon for one cup of yoghurt, because I thought it may be a little watery. Even though it was watery the whole flavour really worked for us. However it is was tangy for my 6 year old, but I really like tangy foods. Served it with Recipe #220465. Thank you so much Brittney_xo for posting your recipe.
You'd be surprised at how hard it is to grate a cucumber! Be sure to let the cucumber drain well. In addition to draining the cucumber, I place it on paper towels and soaked up even more water. The recipe was easy to follow and it tasted like what I recall from Mediterranean restaurants. I used it as an accompaniment to a braised lamb dish - yummo!
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