I was raised in NW Oklahoma (Enid) and until I grew up, moved out and had my own family, I had never even heard of tzatziki sauce. While living in Tulsa, I went out with friends to a Greek restaurant and was amazed at how delicious tzatziki sauce was and how I had been missing out. I now live outside a tiny town in SE Oklahoma (Talihina) and there is nowhere to enjoy this amazing sauce so I decided to make up some of my own so my family and I can enjoy it whenever our mood suits us. If you have never tried tzatziki sauce, let me tell you that it is a powerhouse of flavor. It is so refreshing and versatile.
- 1 ½ c. plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 c. grated cucumber
- 1 T. lemon juice
- 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 T. mint
- 1 T. dill
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. parsley
- ½ tsp. thyme
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
After grating the cucumber, put the grated cucumber into a cheesecloth and squeeze out the liquid. Discard the liquid and put the grated cucumber into a medium sized bowl. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes to give the flavors a time to blend. After the flavors have developed, serve. I like to drizzle on a bit of olive oil and then sprinkle on some fresh mint. You can also fold in some diced cucumber pieces.
Makes a great condiment for naan bread.
I love to use it on a hamburger in the place of mayonnaise.
How do you like to use tzatziki sauce?
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