Tzatziki Sauce

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When my Chief Culinary Consultant lived outside of Washington, D.C., his apartment was within walking distance of umpteen restaurants, which we took advantage of regularly. One of my favorite places to grab food before we settled in to watch an afternoon football or hockey game was Moby Dick House of Kabob. We ordered the same thing every time – gyros and a platter of hummus and pita. We’d bring it back to my CCC’s apartment, spread it out on the coffee table and enjoy while we watched a game. Ever since he moved back to Pittsburgh two years ago, I’ve craved gyros. There are some places around downtown that I’m sure have some good ones, but none where either of us lived. Once we bought our house in May, I discovered that there was a gyro place about five minutes away… and they are good! Gyros are officially back in my life.

Even though I can get them readily again, I have long wanted to try my hand at making gyros at home. I finally made it happen, and as everyone knows, the first step to great gyros is great tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

This sauce is incredibly easy to make, and the key is to make sure that the cucumber is salted and drained before being thoroughly dried and chopped fine. This ensures that the cucumber has had its water extracted before being mixed into the sauce. If you skip this step, the sauce will become watery. Once the cucumber is taken care of, the rest of the sauce is simply mixed together, with classic ingredients of Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill. (This is a fabulous recipe to use that homemade Greek yogurt we whipped up a few weeks ago!)

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

This tastes best when it’s been refrigerated for at least an hour or two so that the flavors have a chance to meld together, but I dug in immediately; no harm, no foul :)

Stay tuned, because tomorrow we’re making gyros!

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe on @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

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Six years ago: Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tzatziki Sauce

Servings 2 cups
Prep 40 minutes
Total 40 minutes
Course:Condiment
Cuisine:American, Greek
Author: Michelle
An easy recipe for tzatziki sauce - Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1
    medium cucumber
    (peeled, seeds removed and cut into large chunks)
  • teaspoons
    kosher salt
    (for draining cucumber)
  • cups
  • 1
    small clove garlic
    (grated)
  • teaspoons
    lemon juice
  • teaspoons
    chopped fresh dill

Directions:

  1. Place the cucumber in a colander in the sink and sprinkle with the kosher salt. Let sit and drain for 30 minutes. Dry thoroughly with paper towels, then chop very finely.
  2. Combine the finely chopped cucumber with the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and dill. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one cup

Nutrition:

Calories: 111kcal
Cholesterol: 7mg
Sodium: 1801mg
Potassium: 415mg
Carbohydrates: 9g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 7g
Protein: 16g
Vitamin A: 110%
Vitamin C: 9.7%
Calcium: 186%
Iron: 0.4%

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