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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Tzatziki for everyone!

Okay Bis, here it is lol

1 yogurt container of strained whole fat, plain yogurt. Do not use sour cream ever! (Many restaurants use sour cream because it is cheaper than buying strained yogurt and less time consuming than straining it themselves. But to serve, a trainned connoisseur of Greek food, Tzatziki made of sour cream is a almost a major insult lol).

1 medium cucumber diced

1 head of Garlic, and or 1/4 tsp onion powder (I never use the onion powder)

1 lemon

1 shake of salt from the salt shaker

Clean the Garlic of its natural covering, and dice the cloves. Peal the cucumber and dice it also. Squeeze the lemon to extract the juice.

Take the diced garlic and diced cloves, lemon juice (and the onion powder if you like) and add all of it to the strained yogurt in a large bowl. Mix carefully and then put it in the fridge to for the ingredients to fully permeate the strained yogurt.

Makes enough for 2 people and if one is serving for more than 2 people-- then double or triple etc the recipe accordingly. It is an excellent addition with the meal on Christmas day or for Pascha and the Paschal Bright week, traditionally Tzatziki is not a dip but rather it is a side dish (when it is made properly it is almost too thick to be used as a dip).

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Blogger biss said...

Yay! I want some!
But not yet...
How do you strain yogurt?

Tue. Dec. 06, 08:31:00 p.m. PST  
Blogger Neo said...

You can either buy it pre-strained or strain it yourself. To strain yogurt hang it in a pillow case, over night, hung over the sink. Then proceed with the recipe as usual.

Note, when you strain yogurt it shrinks to half or even less than half its size... You might want to buy some extra yogurt just in case.

Peace and God Bless :)

Wed. Dec. 07, 07:48:00 a.m. PST  
Blogger churchmouse said...

Hey Neo,

What happened to your old picture? It was so cool! This one's nice, but the other one was the best, IMHO.

Wed. Dec. 07, 08:29:00 a.m. PST  
Blogger Stacy said...

Isn't strained yogurt the same thing as labneh? Just wondering.

Sat. Dec. 10, 07:35:00 p.m. PST  
Blogger Stacy said...

And yogurt containers come in various sizes. Can you be a little more specific?

Sat. Dec. 10, 07:37:00 p.m. PST  
Blogger Neo said...

I'm refering to the 750ml containers of yogurt. I guess I probably should have said that from the start, right? lol

Peace :)

PS churchmouse, how's this picture? lol

Sun. Dec. 11, 10:49:00 p.m. PST  
Blogger Krista said...

Another great way to strain yogurt is with a cheese cloth....yup!

Mon. Jan. 02, 10:46:00 p.m. PST  

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