Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)


(Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
3 cups Greek Yogurt (You can use regular yogurt if you leave it in a strainer over a bowl in the refrigerator overnight)
Juice of one lemon (about 3 T.)
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
About 1 T. kosher salt for salting cucumbers
1 T. finely chopped fresh dill (can substitute mint leaves for a different version)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

If you don’t have Greek yogurt, strain plain yogurt as described above. Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise and take a small spoon and scrape out seeds. Discard seeds. (If you use the small seedless or European cucumbers with few seeds, you can skip this step.) Slice cucumbers, then put in a colander, sprinkle on 1 T salt, and let stand for 30 minutes to draw out water. Drain well and wipe dry with paper towel.

In food processor with steel blade, add cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and a few grinds of black pepper. Process until well blended, then stir this mixture into the yogurt. Taste before adding any extra salt, then salt if needed. Place in refrigerator for at least two hours before serving so flavors can blend. (This resting time is very important.)

This will keep for a few days or more in the refrigerator, but you will need to drain off any water and stir each time you use it.

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