Tzatziki, in Greece they eat it as a starter with some bread or as a sauce in a pita gyro. Here in the Netherlands it’s mostly eaten as a sauce.
With just a few ingredients you can make your own wonderful sauce. Awesome with just some bread or grilled meat from the barbecue.
- 1 cucumber
- 2 big garlic cloves
- Couple of big scoops of thick Greek or Turkish yogurt (10% fat)
- Olive oil
Peel the cucumber. I use a cheese slicer to cut the cucumber into long slices, I cut these slices into thin strips with a knife. You could also use a coarse grater. I leave out the cucumber seeds.
Put the cucumber in a sieve and sprinkle a little bit of salt on top. I let this sit for about an hour. Squeeze as much moisture out of the cucumber as possible.
Crush the garlic and mix this through the yogurt along with the cucumber and 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
That’s it! Can’t be easier right? I like my tzatziki thick with cucumber. You can change the cucumber/yogurt ratio to your liking. Want it even more garlicky? Add more!
You could also add a bit of lemon juice or some freshly chopped parsley.
We had the tzatziki as a sauce with some rice and chicken shawarma. Soon I’ll post a recipe where I serve the tzatziki with a vegetarian corn salad.