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Xanthia, Maker of fine Tin-foil hats since 2007

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Greek Dressing/Dip...
« on: June 25, 2007, 04:45:26 PM »
You know, that yummy Youghurt based stuff on Gyro Sandwiches!!

I want some with cucumber slices...I can almost taste it.

Anyone have a good one?
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Re: Greet Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007, 07:31:37 PM »
I think you're talking about tzatziki?  I can't recall the exact proportions in the recipe I have, but it goes something like:

100mL greek yoghurt (kinda lumpy, non-flavoured stuff)
about 10cm grated cucumber
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix all together, adding more yoghurt until you get the consistency you want.  This version's fairly garlicky, but I love garlic, so... :D

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 07:36:35 PM »
I think you're talking about tzatziki?  I can't recall the exact proportions in the recipe I have, but it goes something like:

100mL greek yoghurt (kinda lumpy, non-flavoured stuff)
about 10cm grated cucumber
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp lemon juice

Mix all together, adding more yoghurt until you get the consistency you want.  This version's fairly garlicky, but I love garlic, so... :D

That sounds kind of like it, but I thought it had dill in it.

Am gonna have to try it.  THANK!

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 08:35:43 PM »
Here's my tzatziki... a bit of dill in it

1 pt plain yoghurt
  drain overnight in coffee filter or cloth in the refrigerator (or use lebne if you can find it)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into fine dice
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tbsp fresh chopped or crushed dill (or mint, if it's going over lamb)
1 tsp wine vinegar or lemon juice (to taste, really)
1-2 tsp salt

Day 1: drain yoghurt
Day 2: chop cucumber, sprinkle with salt, set aside to drain for half an hour or so.
squeeze excess moisture out of cuke with towels.

Blend everything together and refrigerate... it's best if it melds for a day, but can be served immediately. 

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2007, 09:50:49 PM »
KKL, mine is like yours but with both dill and mint.  The mint adds an interesting flavor.

The other caution I would toss out is to really try to find Greek yogurt (places like World Market and Trader Joe's have it).  It doesn't work too well with regular yogurt unless you go through all that straining stuff - then it's ok.

Tzatziki rocks!

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2007, 09:52:28 PM »
Thanks so much you guys!!! I know what I will be making this weekend.

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007, 10:04:13 PM »
I might have to do it too.  Now I'm craving it.

You can also make a yummy summer platter with it by grilling some pita bread, and then adding that to a platter of tzatsiki, greek olives, feta cheese, sliced tomatoes and some little dolmades.


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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007, 11:26:44 PM »
Thanks, Mikayla, I'll try both dill and mint next time.  Don't know why I haven't before.

I use tzatziki as a sort of general purpose dip/sandwich spread/this dish needs some
decoration.  It's good drizzled over steamed veggies, and good for marinating chicken in before grilling, and good as "mayonnaise" on a tomato and cheese sandwich.
And it's a good salad dressing.

Oh, and if you add avgolemono soup to that meza platter, and you hear faint
scratching outside your door, it's me, breaking all rules of etiquette, hoping to be invited in...  <g>

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2007, 09:26:07 PM »
LOL!  I lived for a summer in Greece and it is by far my favorite cuisine.  And I'd never thought of tzatsiki on veggies...yum.

The one recipe I can't find and can't duplicate myself is their green beans.  They have a tomato base but there's other stuff in there too (like oil and spices).  They're yummy with feta cheese in them if I can ever figure out the basic recipe  :)

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2007, 08:05:08 PM »

The one recipe I can't find and can't duplicate myself is their green beans.  They have a tomato base but there's other stuff in there too (like oil and spices).  They're yummy with feta cheese in them if I can ever figure out the basic recipe  :)

Fassolakia freska me domata perhaps?  Something like this?
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Greek-Green-Beans/Detail.aspx

(my inlaws lived in Greece awhile)

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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2007, 06:40:40 PM »
Oh wow!  Efharisto!  (Thank you).

It's funny, I had tried googling it once and never found that one from allrecipes.  And it's definitely closer than anything I found.

I might have to try these.


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Re: Greek Dressing/Dip...
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2007, 09:53:51 PM »
You're welcome... I just looked for a recipe close to my memory of SIL's!  I think the comments on that page are probably right about needing oregano...