Monday, August 12, 2013

Home-made Tzatziki

Tzatziki is one of the most simple but tasty things to makes and is quite versatile. It is one of those things that are too easy to buy and it is still quite tasty. However, since making this myself, I will never go back to store bought tzatziki. It is very easy to make and a perfect dish to prepare during a hot Summer's day. 

Here's how you do it:

What do you need?

- 500ml of Greek yoghurt
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 cucumber
- salt and pepper to taste
- lemon juice to taste
- a good glug of olive oil

What do you need to do?

First of all you need to get the cucumber prepared. The goal is to remove as much water from the vegetable as possible. What you need for this, quite frankly, is patience. So do make sure you start making this enough time before serving as to allow the cucumbers to drain for an hour or so. 
I started by peeling and grating the cucumber finely. Then, place the grated cucumber in a sieve which you can place above a bowl which will catch the liquid. If possible, leave to stand like this for about an hour. 
When the cucumber has drained enough, take the gratings in your hands and SQUEEEEEEZE. Make sure all excess liquid has gone, because otherwise the Greek yoghurt will lose its consistancy and it will become too liquid.

Add the cucumber into a bowl with the yoghurt and stir. 

If you have a garlic press use it on your garlic cloves and add it to the bowl. If you don't have a garlic press, mush the garlic with something heavy or flatten it with your knife and cut it into pulp. Add the mushed garlic to the bowl with the yoghurt and cucumber.

Add a good glug of olive oil and stir well as to incorporate the oilive oil into the yoghurt, making it nice and silky.

Finally, season to taste and add a nice squeeze of lemon to finish it all off. Make sure you stir it well and sit it for a while in the fridge so the flavours can come together and the tzatziki becomes a refreshing snack to be had with some old school, crispy, french bread.

If you are tired of having your tzatziki with bread, why not try a spoonful of it with some chopped up fresh tomatoes? Use it as a dressing in any salad, or have it with some simply grilled seafood seasoned simply with some salt and pepper.

Enjoy ;)

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