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#1 of 9 Old 01-18-2005, 05:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi, This is my very first post here. I purchased some Tsatsiki at the local co-op recently. I LOVE it. I would like to try to make this at home. Anyone have a recipe?

Thanks in advance!

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I make this all the time, we use it for a dip, on souvlaki, and with meat. It is easy and tastes great. You can alter this recipe to make it to your taste.

Yogurt
Cucumbers
garlic
olive oil
lemon
salt

You need a cheese cloth or some other cloth to strain the yogurt. I suspend it over a big bowl with a rubber band. Put about 4 cups of plain yogurt in the cloth and let the liquid drip out of it into the bowl. Spinkle about 1tbsp of salt on the yogurt. It takes about 2 hours.

Grate up a cucumber very fine, squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can, you should have about 1 cup of cucumber. Sprinkle some salt on the cucumber and set aside.

When the yogurt is thickened, mix in the cucumber, about 1 clove of crushed garlic (I used about a tsp of minced garlic from the grocery store, it depends on how garlicy you like it,) 2-3 tbsp of olive oil, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice.

As you make it you will be able to adjust the sauce to how you like it. We like it with a little more oil and less garlic, some people like it really garlicy.

It tastes great on warm pita bread, or with meat to make gyros, or as a topping for baked fish or meat.
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ooh, i love tsatsiki! if i can find some plain goat's milk yogurt then i'm going to make some.

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I make mine a little differently:

plain yogurt
feta cheese
cucumber
garlic

I grate the cucumber and then squeeze out all the extra water, and then mix it in to the yogurt. ( I don't drain the yogurt). Crumble feta in to the yogurt and then add crushed garlic.

I let mine sit over night to let all the flavor "soak" in.
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Thanks For the recipes! Off I go to buy some cucumbers.

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Dill, you forgot the dill. This is an absolute must.

Yogurt, nice and thick...olympia is a great brand to use because it's thick and really creamy.
cucumber that has been seeded, grated and the moisture squeezed out
dill weed, just a bit maybe a tsp
garlic
salt

It's fabulous.
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my recipe has dried mint in it along with much of what's already been suggested. Yumm!
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Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I just made the Tsatsiki. I used Hlkm2e's recipe and added the dill weed as suggested by CJR. I love dill so I thought that work out just fine. Sooooooooooooo Yummy!!!!!!!! It turned out fantastic. Much better than the package I bought at the co-op.

I will have to proportion it better in the future. I had too much cucumber and not enough yogurt this time. I used homemade yogurt and it was a little too tart so next time, maybe tomorrow I will use the Olympia.

Thanks again Ladies!

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Use English cucumbers, they are seedless and make preparation much faster!

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