Sunday, February 10, 2008


Tzatziki is the yogurt dill sauce served with Gyros. To drain the yogurt, place a sieve over a bowl. Line the sieve with cheese cloth or coffee filters or a paper towel. Put the yogurt in the lined sieve and cover it with plastic wrap. Put this in the refrigerator overnight. If that makes not sense, see my video. Serve tzatziki with pita chips or on gyros. You may also be interested in my post on homemade yogurt.

As an interesting aside, I prefer tzatziki to tahini on falafels. I've always wondered why tahini was traditional. Turns out falafels are a food traditionally eaten during lent when Greeks don't eat meat or animal products. Tahini, a sesame paste, could be eaten during lent and tzatziki made from dairy could not. This recipe is from "The frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines."



32 oz container plain yogurt (not vanilla)

2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and grated coarse

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 T olive oil

2 T red-wine vinegar

1 T minced fresh dill

White pepper to taste

Let the yogurt drain in a very fine sieve set over a bowl, covered and chilled, overnight. Squeeze the cucumbers to remove as much of the excess liquid as possible. I wrap the grated cucumber in a clean tea towel and squeeze. In a bowl stir together the ingredients and salt to taste. Serve with bread or crackers. Makes 2 cups.


Julie said...

I accidentally made this with vanilla yogurt once. I thought "It can't be that bad, I'll eat it anyway." Bad idea. It was terrible. Be careful when you buy yogurt at the grocery store to get plain yogurt! :-)

Julie said...

Me again...I use teragon vinegar and cut the cucumber into pieces because it's easier and also I don't like the look of stringy cucumber in the yogurt. Fresh dill is good, too. I made this to eat with falafels. Again, I didn't follow directions. I pan fried the falafels like veggie burgers because I didn't want to deep fry them. I had a salad instead of a pita sandwich (lettuce, tzatziki dressing, and falafel pattie on the top--like a chicken salad, sort of)