Tzatziki a CNYEats Cookbook Recipe

by Joanne on August 2, 2009

I received my cookbook the other day and was so excited to try my first recipe.  If all goes well, I will offer at least one recipe from this book per week.  If anyone else has this book and would like to participate in making the recipes, please let me know.

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Page 9, Appetizers. First recipe in the book by Jeanann Murphy is Tzatziki.  This is a Lebanese recipe.  The recipe listed in “A Taste Of Utica”  turned out fabulous.  Perfect for a summer afternoon and also can be called “cucumber dip”.

I reduced the quantities of the ingredients because there were only two of us tonight. 

  • 1 cup Greek style non-fat yogurt (I use Greek style because it is pre-strained so you don’t have to leave it overnight to let the liquid run out of it)
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed and minced
  • juice of 1/2 a large lemon
  • ground pepper

Note:  if you use Greek style yogurt, only drain for a couple of hours but even that’s not necessary if you are in a rush.

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Line a colander with paper towel. Pour in yogurt and place colander over a bowl and place in fridge overnight.

The next day ( or a couple of hrs later if using Greek yogurt), peel cucumber, cut in half length wise, remove seeds and slice thin.  Put in colander in sink and toss generously with salt.  Let it sit about an hour, rinse and pat dry.  Mince the cucumber. 

Put the drained/thickened yogurt into a bowl and stir in the garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve with pita bread, flat bread, or fresh vegetables.  You can also put it on a burger or in chicken pitas as suggested in the book.

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Enjoy… I know you will.

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5 Comments

  • At 2009.08.02 19:59, Joe Mezzanini said:

    If anyone wants a book, go to http://cnyEATS.com

    All profits are donated to food bank. Read about it at cnyEATS.com

    Thanks and thanks JW – – this will be a great project

    • At 2009.08.02 22:41, Dips said:

      Looks sooo cool !! Perfect for the hot summer days..
      Thanks for visiting my blog and that great tip about raisins…never thought about it that way 🙂

      • At 2009.08.02 23:25, burpexcuzme said:

        This is one of my fav dips ever! Thanks for letting me know I can make it by myself easily at home instead of paying big bucks at the stores!

        • At 2009.08.03 04:14, chayacomfycook said:

          What a beautiful green. It is true that how food looks is how we approach it for eating. This is the kind of food that draws me to it.

          • At 2009.08.03 20:07, Reeni said:

            That looks so fresh and yummy!

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