Tzatziki and Pita Chips

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

Tzatziki and Pita Chips

So the weather here is slowly getting worse.  It’s like we’re going back into winter, not into spring.  It was rainy and gray for the last few days of the week but then this morning it started slushing(you know, in between rain and snow) and then as I left with the kids to get eggs from our local egg lady it was full on snowing.  Now, I’m never one to get mad at the weather.  Why get mad at something no one can control?  In fact the snow was really beautiful, really huge flakes, like clumps of white cotton candy falling from the sky.

I should really start taking my camera with me everywhere I go because on our way to get eggs(which unfortunately we can’t walk to as the people we get our eggs from live on the other side of town and way too far away) we pass by so many orchards and the snow falling in amongst the leafless trees is really pretty actually.  If you can get past the fact that it’s April 😀

I love having dips and spreads in the fridge at all times.  They’re super simple and quick and easy for snack time and this one is really tasty.  I know a lot of tzatziki recipes call for spices like dill but this one is just plain.  Go ahead and add it if that’s what you like.

Tzatziki and Pita Chips

 

Tzatziki
Ingredients
  • 2 cups thick greek yogurt
  • 4-7 cloves of garlic
  • 1 long English cucumber grated and squeezed to remove excess juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • a pinch of sugar if needed
Instructions
  1. First, grate the cucumber and squeeze out the excess liquid.  You can use paper towels but I just like to use a dishcloth and press it very well and then let it sit while I combine the rest of the ingredients.  I've even used a very thick regular yogurt and it didn't turn out too watery as I really squeezed the liquid out of the cucumber.  If you use greek yogurt and it's too thick feel free to add milk or even a bit of water.  Use as much garlic as you like, keep in mind that if you use smaller cloves you'll need more.  I like to use a good quality olive oil that gives it's fruity flavor to the tzatziki. Combine all the ingredients together with a spoon and let sit at least 2 hours in the fridge before serving.  Before serving have a taste.  You may need more salt or if your yogurt isn't super fresh you may need a pinch or two of sugar as yogurt gets more and more sour as it ages and might not taste as good as it should.  I served these with Greek burgers, raw veggies or even just with fresh homemade pita bread or pita chips. The pita chips in the picture were made by brushing a few pitas with olive oil and sprinkling with sea salt and then baking in a 375 degree oven for 7-10 minutes, watching carefully so they don't burn.  You can also add any herbs or spices you like.

 

Tzatziki

Tzatziki and Pita Chips

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1 Jenn @ Peas & Crayons April 4, 2011 at

Fav dip/sauce EVER! yum!!!!!! I make this constantly! =) I’ve never added olive oil though! I’ll have to try that! =)

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2 Nadia April 3, 2011 at

There is a traditional bulgarian salad with exactly the same recipe, it’s called “snejanka”, means Snow white 🙂 To thicken the yogurt we leave it in a nuts bag for a night to drain all the liquid out of it, it tastes amazing afterwards!

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3 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 4, 2011 at

Yummy 🙂 It must get really nice and thick.

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4 a frog in the cottage April 3, 2011 at

tzatziki is a wonderful greek recipe, it’s even better when savored in a typical tavern facing the beautiful meditterranean sea

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5 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 3, 2011 at

I bet it would be 😀 I hope I get to try that some day.

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6 Ellie @ Kitchen Wench April 3, 2011 at

I love making my own tzatziki, but the process of squeezing out liquid from the cucumber drives me insane~! Squeeze too much and the cucumber becomes pulp, don’t squeeze enough and then the dip becomes watery! I don’t know if you’ve tried this, but I’ve found that lightly salting the cucumber and sitting it in a colander for a few minutes helps to get rid of some of the liquid 😀

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7 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 3, 2011 at

I have tried that, but completely forgot about it. It does help. Thank you for reminding me!

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8 S☀S April 2, 2011 at

This looks like a lovely light dip for spring! Thanks for the recipe <3 I definitely grew up on a dill-ified version of this.

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