TZATZIKI (Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce, adapted from Estiatorio Milos, about 1 cup)

 Condiments, yogurt, tzatziki (Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce) 1  Condiments, yogurt, tzatziki (Greek cucumber and yogurt sauce) 2

1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced (Be careful to get rid of all the seeds, as they will make the finished tzatziki watery.)

1 garlic clove

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup plain yogurt (preferably goat’s or sheep’s milk)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (optional)

pita toasts to accompany

  1. Toss cucumber with ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a colander and drain after 15 minutes.
  1. Meanwhile, mince and mash garlic to a paste with ¼ teaspoon salt, then whisk together with olive oil, lemon juice, yogurt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  1. Squeeze any excess water from the cucumbers with your hands, then stir cucumbers into yogurt mixture. Season with salt and dill.

adapted from Gourmet Magazine, May, 2008

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