Tzatziki, I love Tzatziki and it is always one of the first dishes that I order when I go to Greece on holiday, it’s like I know that I have arrived when once, I have unpacked and checked into my hotel or apartment, then had a wonder down to the beach and had a dip in the wonderful warm sea, I then go to the taverna and order an ice cold beer and some bread with tzatziki.

Tzatziki

During the summer months, if I am feeling bored of the usual sandwiches or wraps for lunch, I often make up a big batch of tzatziki, on a hot summers day, this makes a great lunch in the office sitting at your desk or in the park. All you need are a couple of crisp breads and/or slices of bread and then you just dip it into the tzatziki and you are good to go.

Tzatziki

The other bonus of this dish? How simple and easy it is to make, apart from the roasting of some garlic, that is the only cooking that is required, everything else is uncooked. It doesn’t need much love to get right either as it just works.

Tzatziki

I often also eat this tzatziki with lamb or chicken dishes as it works perfectly as a salad or an accompaniment to the dish and that truly does remind me of holidaying in Greece, I can just picture myself now, sitting in the taverna with a glass of Rose wine the sea lapping on the beach just across from the taverna and ordering a nice portion of goat or lamb and a large plate of tzatziki to go with it, then when it arrives, dipping the meat into the tzatziki and just knowing that you are on holiday and that you have no other worries for the next two weeks.

Tzatziki

Sigh, it makes me yearn for another trip to Greece. My greatest dream is to buy a holiday home or even move to one of the Greek islands and just live the life, you know, growing your own vegetables in that glorious Greek sunshine, typing up my blog from there. What a life that would be. We can dream as without our dreams, where would we be?

So now, without further ado, here is the recipe for Tzatziki.

So there you are, it couldn’t be any simpler and I am off to make a big tub of this for the weekend bbq’s coming up.

See you soon.

Cheers

Deon x

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Tzatziki

This dish is so wonderfully simple to make, I would recommend roasting a whole clove of garlic but if garlic is not your thing, you can use more, also, use full fat yoghurt, none of this fat free stuff, you need the flavour of full fat to stand up to the other flavours. This lasts well in the fridge for a week, so make a big batch and keep it for your lunches during the week.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 head Garlic roasted
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch fresh dill finely chopped
  • 10 leaves fresh mint finely chopped
  • 500 grams plain Greek Yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. The line a small baking tray with foil or baking paper, break up the head of garlic and scatter on the tray, then sprinkle over the sugar and a tablespoon of olive oil, coat the garlic in the olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Grate your cucumber in a food processor or by hand, then put it in a tea towel over a colander on even in the sink and squeeze out the excess juice, you want them to be nice and dry and compact.
  3. Add to a bowl with the yoghurt, dill, mint, olive oil and salt and pepper, and mix to combine.
  4. Remove the garlic cloves from the skins and mash them up together in a pestle and mortar until nice and mashed, then add them to the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Combine everything together, taste add additional salt or pepper if required, place in a tupperware and store in the fridge until you are ready to eat it.

Notes

So there you are, it couldn’t be any simpler and I am off to make a big tub of this for the weekend bbq’s coming up.

See you soon.

Cheers

Deon x