Prepare to weep for the yumminess!

Tzatziki time!!

I am, at this very moment, stuffing my happy face with mounds and mounds of tzatziki. This is THE best batch the hubby has ever made. Drool!!! I figured since I’m slobbering all over the place that I’d give you the recipe too. You can also find this in my cookbook, Darn Good Eats. Mmmm….

Here’s the recipe as it appears in the cookbook:

Oh, do I love this. I love this so much that the plate in the picture got an extra special placemat upon which to sit. Tzatziki is royalty in this house and deserves to be treated as such.

Just so you know, this is not your everyday tzatziki. No sirreebob! This recipe has evolved through many variations and has ended up like no other tzatziki on earth. It’s got some weird ingredients that you wouldn’t expect to find in it (I actually frowned when Grant first told me what he put in it, thinking it would be inedible) but it is incredibly delicious. And, it’s crazy healthy. So you can eat and eat and eat and not feel the slightest bit of guilt.

Mmmmm...tzatziki

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces of plain Greek yogurt (get the low fat one to keep it healthy or get the nothing-but-fat one to make it extra creamy. I actually prefer the texture of the low fat yogurt).
  • 2 large, peeled cucumbers
  • Approximately 1 teaspoon of finely chopped dry mint from the spice section at the store (sounds gross, right??). If you use fresh mint, use a tablespoon.
  • 1 rounded tablespoon of finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 – 1Β½ tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (I like WAY more than this, but it’s better to start slow and add more if you need it)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed, minced or cut up very small (I personally like slightly more than 4 cloves)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Peel the cucumbers.
  2. Quarter the cucumbers lengthwise and then cut the quarters lengthwise again.
  3. Take the knife and slice the seeds off the top of each strip of cucumber (you won’t use the seeds in the recipe).
  4. Cut the eights lengthwise a couple more times so you have 16 – 32 long, skinny, deseeded strips of cucumber.
  5. Cut the cucumber strips into tiny pieces.
  6. Put the cucumber into a bowl.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
  9. Serve with warmed pita bread.

You can also serve it on a pita smothered in gyro fixings. We buy gyro meat at the store (we have to go to a fancy schmancy store to find it) and cook it up like bacon. Then chuck a bunch of sliced tomato and red onion on it, add the tzatziki sauce, wrap it all up in a warm pita and you have one heck of a scrumptious meal.

One rather special element of this tzatziki is that we don’t puree it. Just about everywhere you go the tzatziki is smooth. Well, I don’t want it smooth. I like it with tiny cucumber chunks. To me, it’s more substantial that way. It’s not just a dip; it feels like you are eating an actual meal.

Feel free to puree the recipe I’ve just given you, but you will be breaking the tzatziki rules and I’m afraid we just can’t have that. Kidding! If you are unsure about the cucumber chunks, take half of the recipe and puree it and then do a taste test and compare it to the chunky version. Or puree half of it and mix it together with the un-pureed half. That way it’s just a little chunky. I’m gonna bet that you like the chunkier one better. It is one of the freshest tasting foods you’ll ever eat.

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ENJOY!!

46 comments on “Prepare to weep for the yumminess!

    • It is really good…but no, not traditional. The whole cookbook is filled with adapted recipes that we’ve perfected to our own taste buds over the years. The cucumber salting sounds amazing! I love me some salt. We’ll definitely give it a try. Now as for the thickness, I actually prefer it a little thin–when the hubby makes it thick I actually water it down. I do the same with salad dressing. I know…I’m a freak! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the awesome suggestions

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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your rant. Some of the most beautiful young women I know have contorted their faces into what looks like a porn star wannabe snarl. It’s unbecoming, doesn’t communicate anything positive, and looks like they just had a fresh whiff of lizard poo. Here’s to a hopefully quick death of this trend.

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    • I love “porn star wannabe snarl.” Well done!! πŸ™‚ As for a whiff of lizard poo…ummmm…I’ve not yet smelled that but I well imagine that could cause duck face! I too hope this trend goes away. Total yuck! πŸ™‚

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      • Haha. I gave up smoking 31st January 2006. After that my taste buds went onto high alert. I have difficulty eating a pepperoni pizza now LOL So yeah. I’m a wuss πŸ™‚

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      • Haha. I gave up smoking on 31st January 2006, and after that my taste buds went onto high alert. I have trouble eating a pepperoni pizza now. So yeah, I’m a wuss πŸ™‚

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      • You are soooooooooooo like me. I remember the exact dates of when I quit stuff–smoking, drinking soda, doing heroin. KIDDING!!! (About the soda.) KIDDING AGAIN! Okay, no heroin. I’d be skinnier if that was the case. πŸ™‚

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      • Yep
        October 18th 1995 for drugs
        December 9th 2002 for alcohol
        January 31st 2006 for cigarettes
        September 5th 2010 for sex

        Although it was pot I gave up in 1995 (when I found out I was going to be a dad) I gave up other drugs several years earlier. No heroin though – acid and speed.

        If you give up smoking, drink and sex, you don’t live longer, it just seems like it

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      • I was sooooooooooooo kidding about the heroin!!! πŸ˜‰ Good Lord, I’m too much of a wuss to even have tried acid or speed. All that stuff scared me to death!

        All your dates crack me up!!! I bet you are good with anniversaries and birthdays too. Can you help the rest of the male population?? πŸ™‚

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      • Haha. Yes I have never missed a birthday or an anniversary. I also remember numbers. I remember my old army number, my bank number, my credit card number … yeah numbers are so not a problem for me LOL

        With the speed, I remember being in the bath one time, looking at my body and thinking “what the fuck are you doing to yourself?” I never had any more after that. As for the acid … I saw the grim reaper. I’ve not touched that since. I think about it, and it still scares me … more than 20 years after I saw it.

        I remember the date I started dating my ex-wife, I remember the date I proposed to her, I remember the date she cheated on me the first time (of many if the gossip is to be believed), I remember the date she decided to end the marriage .. it does get a little hazy there for a year. But that was dues to suffering depression and being suicidal. I remember the date I moved in with the sociapath, and I remember the date she dropped her façade and showed who she truly was. I remember the date I moved out. I also remember the last time that the was the first time I told someone I loved them.

        I remember dates. I don’t remember figs or pomegranates, but I remember dates LOL

        Sorry for the ramble

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      • Holy moly…okay, I’m going to wave my magic wand so that you forget about half of those dates! Ugh. Can I just say that the women who have SUCKED in your life can bite hairy balls. Women are supposed to be the gentler of the species–not heart manglers. I wanna SMACK ‘EM!!!!! As for your ramble, I like your ramble. I ramble more often than not (as you well know!). Hugs!

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  2. Thanks for following my over here in the UK Jodi, its much appreciated. Look forward to seeing more of your posts :). Will try checkout the book when I can!

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  3. Oh me gosh! Today we tried it and it surely was delicious!
    Even though we had to improvise a bit. Nevertheless, this is going on my list of food I want to eat more often (and next time with even more garlic πŸ˜‰ ). It’s mouth-watering good.

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