- Mika Leon
I have an obsession with middle eastern & greek food and you'll notice I cook a lot of it if you follow me on social media. Tonight we are making homemade pita bread & tandoori chicken and you know what sauce goes perfectly with that? TZATZIKI!!! My favorite sauce, you can pair it with pretty much anything. I'm sure you can eat it with cardboard and it'd still be good. I still have to google how to spell it every time I go to type it but I sure as hell know how to eat and make it!
Before I give you my recipe I'll tell you my favorite place to get some in Miami if you're not in the mood to make it. The daily bread is my go to spot for all middle eastern ingredients including freshly made pita bread but also happens to have an amazing tzatziki. They also have delicious greek yogurt you can use to make your own at home (also buy a jar of nuts with honey for dessert, thank me later). Ok, no more rambling. Here it is guys, my EASY PEASY tzatziki recipe.....
2 medium organic cucumbers, peeled & grated
2 cups full fat greek yogurt
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tbsp. chopped dill ( I add A LOT, dill is one of my favorite ingredients)
Peel your cucumber and grate on a cheese grater into a medium size bowl. Now using a cheese cloth strain your cucumber to get rid of all that extra juice that will mess up the consistency of your perfect tzatziki. (find video below) If you don't have cheese cloth simply use a fine strainer. Place your drained cucumber in a nice clean bowl.
To your cucumber bowl add your yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, grated garlic, salt & chopped dill. Mix gently and taste to make sure the seasoning is perfect. Cover & let this this hangout in the fridge for 15-20 min. before eating so all the flavors come together. Serve with warm pita or your favorite chopped veggies. Holds up in the fridge for 4-5 days.