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Old 03-11-2018, 01:02 PM   #1
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Tzatziki Sauce

Does anyone know how to make this? I found one recipe calling for 2 cups Greek yogurt and 1 cup of grated cucumber. Another recipe I found calls for 2 cups Greek yogurt and a "whole" grated cucumber.
How much cucumber is proper? Is this just a matter of taste?

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Old 03-11-2018, 01:09 PM   #2
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I'd say it is a matter of taste, for sure..It is predominantly yogurt, then cucumber and the other ingredients, so you decide..I wouldn't go too heavy on the cucumber because it will become runny as it ages because the cucumber renders its water...
Remember to take the seeds out of the cucumber first..
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:19 PM   #3
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I eyeball the yogurt to get the consistency I want, but it's probably around 1-1/2 cups. It's really a personal preference. I use a whole English cucumber (the ones that come in plastic wrap) so I don't have to seed a regular cucumber. Peel it, grate it with a box grater, sprinkle with salt to draw out water, and drain. I put the grated cucumber in a clean kitchen towel and wring out as much water as I can. If it will be used as a dip I'll chop it a bit further so there are no long pieces. Garlic and dill to taste.
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Old 03-11-2018, 01:23 PM   #4
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I use the shredder on my food processor to shred the cucumber, then tilt it to drain while I get the rest of the ingredients ready. I use 1/2 of an English cucumber per 2 cups of Greek yogurt.
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I use a whole cucumber and 2 small (individual) containers of yogurt. I also add in a good dollop of sour cream to cut some of the yogurty taste. I also grate, salt, drain, and squeeze the cucumber to get as much liquid out as possible. Then I add a clove or 2 of finely minced garlic depending on clove size, some chopped up fresh dill and a little bit of lemon or lime juice, also S and P. The important thing to remember is you can always add more, but you can't take away with the garlic, dill and citrus juice especially.
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Peel it, grate it with a box grater, sprinkle with salt to draw out water, and drain. I put the grated cucumber in a clean kitchen towel and wring out as much water as I can.
Do you rinse the salt off the cucumber then wring?
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:20 PM   #7
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Here's a recipe I posted a few years back. It makes pretty darn good tzatziki, if I do say so myself...
Homemade Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:25 PM   #8
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It appears you can make it with either dill or mint.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:27 PM   #9
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Here's a recipe I posted a few years back. It makes pretty darn good tzatziki, if I do say so myself...
Homemade Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
Not only is your tzatziki sauce spot on Steve, this whole recipe for the gyros is one of my all time favorite recipes from Discuss Cooking.
I'm about due to make it yet again.
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Old 03-11-2018, 05:41 PM   #10
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When I was working as a consular official for the Italian Consulate years ago, I used to go across the road for lunch. Here is the recipe they gave me for Tziki:

1 pint of plain yoghurt
1 clove garlic
half English cucumber, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon
1 tbsp lemon juice, or mild vinegar
Fresh mint, chopped, ratio 1 part mint to 10 parts yoghurt
salt.

It's so simple: beat the yoghurt and add the rest of the ingredients, and then beat sauce again. Use immediately.

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