Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki is a Greek dip that is cool, creamy and refreshing – perfect served with pita bread as part of a mezze platter. There are many different recipes; here’s our version:


1 Persian cucumber*
1 cup lebni**
1 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
1 tsp finely chopped fresh dill
1 crushed garlic clove
pinch salt

*Persian cucumbers are smaller than their European or North American cousins; you’ll need about 1/2 cup finely diced cucumber if you substitute another variety.
**Available in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean markets, this is a thick sort of sour cream. Can be substituted with strained Greek yoghurt, or a mixture of yoghurt and sour cream.

Peel, deseed and finely dice the cucumber, mix everything together thoroughly and serve; that’s it! Like many dips and sauces, however, the flavors will be more developed if you make it at least a few hours in advance.

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