How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

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Creamy, tangy tzatziki sauce can be made at home for your favorite Greek recipes.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Have you seen the new My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 movie? I haven’t seen it yet, but you can bet that there is no doubt that I will be seeing it very soon. I adored the first one. I mean who didn’t? And to this day, I can’t look at a bottle of Windex without thinking of it.

 

I decided to share one of the first Greek things I ever had. And oddly enough, I first had this when I lived in Germany. It was also the first time that I ever ate at a food truck!  When we lived in Germany in the late ’90s, on certain days of the week, there would be a Greek food truck outside the post exchange. Any time I saw it, I would always get one thing- “Pommes frites.” Yes, a pouch of fries, but not just any. There was something about the way they made these, and they served them with tzatziki sauce! It was delicious.

Also a little side note – I despise cucumbers. I mean, I hate them with every fiber of my being. I have to hold my breath and do the “mouth breathe so you don’t smell anything” kind of breathing when I work with them in the kitchen. Seriously.

There’s only 2 ways I can eat cucumbers.

Pickles and Tzatziki Sauce.

Period.

Now on to the recipe! To begin, peel and seed an English cucumber, then dice it up into about 1/2 inch pieces, or smaller.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Place the diced cucumber in a bowl and sprinkle it with a tablespoon of kosher salt. Give it a stir.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Transfer the salted cucumber to a wire sieve. Place the sieve on the bowl, then place a smaller bowl on top of the cucumbers. Place something heavy, like a bottle of olive oil into the bowl. What you are doing is simply creating a press to remove all of the excess liquid from the cucumber. Let it sit this way for 30 minutes.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

After it has pressed for 30 minutes, pour the cucumbers into several layers of paper towel, or cheese cloth and squeeze out every last drop of liquid that you can.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Place the cucumbers in your food processor along with: 16 ounces plain Greek yogurt, the juice of a fresh lemon, 1 clove of grated garlic, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of zest from the lemon. Finally, add in either 1 tablespoon of fresh dill or a teaspoon of dry dill – whichever you have on hand. Pulse this in your food processor until it is smooth as can be.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Transfer the sauce to a dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight is even better.

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

That’s it! You’ve made your own tzatziki sauce. Use it as a dip with pita bread, spooned into a gyro, or on a plate of pommes frites! (Or how ever you like.)

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

I drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on top before serving. Enjoy!

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

 

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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

How to make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Traditional, creamy Greek sauce with cucumber.

Prep Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 Tb kosher salt
  • 16 oz. (2 c) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon - zest 1 tsp from the peel, then juice it
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tb fresh dill (or 1 teaspoon of dry dill)

Instructions

  1. To begin, peel and seed an English cucumber, then dice it up into about 1/2 inch pieces, or smaller.
  2. Place the diced cucumber in a bowl and sprinkle it with the kosher salt. Give it a stir.
  3. Transfer the salted cucumber to a wire sieve. Place the sieve on the bowl, then place a smaller bowl on top of the cucumbers. Place something heavy, like a bottle of olive oil into the bowl. What you are doing is simply creating a press to remove all of the excess liquid from the cucumber. Let it sit this way for 30 minutes.
  4. After it has pressed for 30 minutes, pour the cucumbers into several layers of paper towel,or cheese cloth and squeeze out every last drop of liquid that you can.
  5. Place the cucumbers in your food processor along with all of the remaining ingredients.
  6. Pulse this in your food processor until it is smooth as can be.
  7. Transfer the sauce to a dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight is even better.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Time includes minimum 2 hour refrigeration prior to use.

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