My friend Ioanna lives in Greece and she is an amazing Greek Cook. She knows how to make Tzatziki the traditional way and I would love to share her recipe with you. Tzatziki is an easy recipe to make. It’s certainly not rocket science but it is tricky to get the taste right. Ioanna says:
“it’s the small things you do that can make a big difference to your Tzatziki”
I have asked Ioanna to share her secretes with us here on Greek Weddings and Traditions. If you have any other Tzatziki secretes to share please post them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
I am very proud to share the real Tzatziki recipe used in Greece!
Making tzatziki may not be rocket science, but the small things do make a huge difference: Make it for someone, tell your friends coming over that you made it all by yourself, dip your fingers in it to taste it, make a mess of the kitchen while preparing it. It is all part of the awesomeness of the home-made tzatziki…
All you need is:
- 1 Kg Greek Yoghurt
- 2 cucumbers
- 4 Cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
- 5 table spoons virgin olive oil
– Wash the cucumbers thoroughly, remove their skin (leave a bit on for colour) and dice them. Squeeze and drain the cucumber as much as you can, we don’t want our tzatziki to be watery.
– Finely grate the garlic (i have the perfect tool for that! 🙂 )
– Put the yoghurt in a big bowl and add the garlic, cucumber, oil, vinegar and the spices and mix them well with a spoon or fork.
The reason why i didn’t tell you how much pepper and salt you have to put in the tzatziki is because you don’t “have to” do anything. You need to keep tasting the tzatziki until it is perfect for you. Maybe you need more oil or less vinegar (some people don’t enjoy its smell). Of course this is a lot of tzatziki so you can always cut the ingredients quantity in half.
Here comes the most important step of the tzatziki preparation:
– Dip your finger in the tzatziki and taste it.
R E A D Y !
One last tip: Make sure all of your guests taste your tzatziki, this way no one will complain about the garlic odour! 😉 Enjoy!
Ioanna, Rhodes 2013
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