Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a greek cucumber yogurt sauce mainly used as a dip with beef or lamb kabobs or in gyros. Gyros are a greek version of a pita wrap. There's many versions of tzatziki sauce, but I made mines plain and simple with tons of flavor. I eat tzatziki sauce with anything. It's great on burgers, hot dogs, smeared on pita breads or on salads. I just fell in love with this sauce. It's cool and refreshing and just so yummy. You can definitely leave out some ingredient. Actually, you really only need 3 ingredients; greek yogurt, chopped dill, and garlic cloves with salt and pepper. Very simple, but my version is also simple with great flavors.

Beef stips with tzatziki sauce

Greek yogurt should be found in the yogurt isle of your grocery store. If you can find strained greek yogurt then that'll save you time. If not, then use a cheese cloth and strain the greek yogurt yourself. You will also want to strain your cucumber so that the sauce doesn't become liquidy.

1 cup cucumber, grated and strained
1 cup grated greek yogurt, strained
1 cup sour cream
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

Combine together the strained greek yogurt with the sour cream. Add the cucumber, garlic, and chopped dill. Mix well and add the olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 1 hr and serve as a meat dip or with pita bread.

Beef Strips: oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and olive oil


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