With football season in full swing and the holiday part season coming up quick, getting a good easy social food item like a dip under your belt is a pretty valuable skill. Today I’m going to give you my recipe for Tzatziki, the Cucumber Garlic Yogurt dip and sauce most of us are familiar with thanks to the popularity of Gyro joints around the country.
Now this is a great item to bring to a party, but its a great dip to have around the house as well, mainly because its quite healthy in that its much higher in protein then it is in carbs (about a 2:1 ratio) so I’ve dubbed it Swole Dip.
This recipe makes kind of a lot, but its designed to work around the 1qt containers of yogurt you get at the grocery store.
- A box grater
- A small mixing bowl
- A rubber spatula
- 10 paper towels
- 1 quart of Oikos Greek Yogurt (make sure its Greek brand is less important but I prefer Oikos)
- 2 cucumbers
- 1/3c garlic, minced
- 1 c of fresh dill, chopped
- Juice from half a lemon
- 2 tbsp of decent olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Start by prepping the cucumbers. You’ll want to cut the ends off, peel them, then cut them into quarters and scoop the seeds out.
- Next grate the peeled and seeded cucumbers using the more coarse grater on the box. Do this into your mixing bowl, by the time your down grating ther will be a good amount of moisture floating around the bottom, pour that off.
- Lay out 5 of your paper towels and dump the grated cucumber onto them and spread it out into a thin layer. Place the other five paper towels on top. Normally recipes call for strainers, and cheese cloth and a lot of pain in the ass steps, I’ve found this works just as well and faster and you dont have to buy some specialty items that you’ll never use again to get the job done.
- Next place your bowl on top of the sandwiched cucumber, dry it out and add in the dill, yogurt, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Mix to combine, then let sit for 5 minutes. The weight from the bowl will help force out the moisture from the cucumber.
- After 5 minutes, carefully move the cucumber from the towels to the bowl. Do not squeeze. The paper towels will trap the moisture in, squeezing it will ruin this.
- Mix to combine and season with salt.
This is best after a day or two, so make it in advanced, or just make it and keep it on hand at all times. My preferred application is as a replacement for mayo on sandwiches.