Ever wonder what that yummy sauce is that they put on your gyro at the greek festival? Its tzatziki sauce, you silly! And it is heavenly….even when you make it yourself. Being in the Diner capital of the world, I have quite a few Greek friends and have encountered quite a bit of Greek food. That yummy sauce has always made my heart a-quiver but I was never bold enough to ask what was in it….until I managed one of those fine Diners. It was quite simple and I thought “someday, I’ll make it myself. But, for now, I just buy it!” Now’s the time to make it. It took me a few tries to come up with this one, but I finally got it by using what I had in my pantry and not spending extra on items like fresh dill and mint(although, if ya got ’em, use ’em!). This recipe makes quite a bit of sauce, so you may want to plan a few meals around it(falafel, greek meatloaf, greek style chicken salad, etc). It is made from sour cream and yogurt so it will last quite a while in the fridge. Oh yeah, its pronounced tat- zee-kee…..enjoy!
1 cup greek yogurt(or regular yogurt put through a strainer….needs to be thick)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons cucumber juice, reserved1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1 clove garlic, minced
juice from half a lemon
2 pinches of salt
1 pinch of pepper
Peel cucumber and grate into a colander. Squeeze out as much juice as possible.
Take 2 teaspoons of cucumber juice and put in small bowl.
Add dill and mint and let sit for around 2 minutes.
Mix together grated cucumber, the dill and mint mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and put in fridge for around 2 hours. If you can do it the day before, that would be even better.
The sauce gets thicker the longer it sits so if it looks watery, don’t panic. If you want it to be a bit on the thin side, you can take that extra cucumber juice and add it in. It is so good! You gotta try it!