What are some key tips from the PAA for making a delicious Tzatziki appetizer that brings out the traditional flavors of Greece
Welcome to our culinary journey around the world! Today, we’re diving deep into the heart of the Mediterranean by exploring the classic Greek cuisine with a simple yet indulgent appetizer: tzatziki. Tzatziki is a versatile, creamy dip made primarily from yogurt, cucumbers, and fresh herbs. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also highly nutritious. Come explore, as we unlock real flavours of Greece.
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (full fat)
- 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- After peeling and deseeding your cucumber, grate it and drain using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
- Take a bowl and mix together the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, chopped dill, lemon juice and olive oil.
- Add the drained, grated cucumber to the bowl and mix well to combine.
- Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to alter quantities to suit your taste.
- Cover your dip and refrigerate for at least two hours (The flavour intensifies over time, overnight is best).
- Serve chilled with pita bread, vegetables, or as a sauce for meats.
Note: This recipe serves 4 people. Adjust quantities accordingly if you have more guests.
Get the right yogurt: Opt for full-fat Greek yogurt as it’s thicker and creamier, which is perfect for tzatziki.
Drain the cucumber: Cucumbers contain a lot of water, which is why it’s crucial to drain thoroughly after grating. This will prevent your tzatziki from turning into a soup.
So there you have it, a classic Greek tzatziki dip that’s simple to prepare yet incredibly delicious. This refreshing appetizer is perfect for social gatherings, or as a delightful side dish for your main course. As you savor this delicious dip, you are not just enjoying a wonderful meal, but also unlocking and experiencing the rich culinary tradition of Greece. Happy cooking!