18 October, 2015
Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Cucumber Dip)- one the kids can help you make!
Cooking with young children is a wonderful way to engage their senses, and by doing so, you are helping to develop and reinforce important learning pathways in the brain. Parents get something out of this kitchen togetherness, too. First, there’s the quality time you’ll share. Then there’s the pleasure of sitting down at the table together to enjoy what you’ve whipped up.
Tzatziki (pronounced za-DZEE-kee), a delicious and creamy yogurt cucumber sauce is served as a snack or an appetizer.
Follow the quick and easy steps to prepare the fantastic Greek dip you’ll love!
Step three: Sprinkle the grated cucumber with kosher salt, then let stand for at least 10 minutes in a strainer. Set it over a bowl, to drain any remaining water. Pat dry lightly in a couple of pieces of paper towel to remove more liquid.
Step four: You can use your hands to squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber; squeeze out as much water as you can.
Home-made Tzatziki recipe- one the kids can hep you make!
Prep Time: 7 to 10 mins
- ½ a large cucumber
- 1½ cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 large garlic clove, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
- Remove the skin of the cucumber and grate the cucumber. Salt the cucumber and leave it for 10 minutes in a colander to drain well. Squeeze the water out with your hand
- Finely grate the garlic
- Combine the grated cucumber with fresh minced dill, grated garlic, yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl
- Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours for the flavours to fully develop
To serve, drizzle with olive oil; if desired, garnish with olives and a sprig of dill. Serve with pita, crackers, or vegetables.
- For a creamier consistency, remove the seeds from the cucumber.
- If you want to use regular yogurt, just make sure you strain it before.
- For best results, combine all the ingredients except for the cucumber and let it rest overnight in the fridge while your cucumber is draining.
- The longer the garlic rests in the yogurt, the less sharp bite it will have and the better it will taste.