For most of my life, I thought that tzatziki sauce was some magical substance only found in Greek restaurants or overpriced plastic containers in overpriced grocery stores. I never imagined that its main ingredient was yogurt and that it was quite easy to make at home.For a simple tzatziki, all you need is plain (sugar free) yogurt, a cucumber, a few cloves of garlic, onions, lime, olive oil, salt and pepper. I’m sure that fancy restaurants have a fancier blend, while I’m equally sure that cheap Gyro stands have a cheapened version. If you make tzatziki with other ingredients, please let us know.
A really important first step is to drain the yogurt to make it thicker. I use a coffee filter, the kind for camping that sits over the mug, and I leave it in the fridge all day. You will be amazed to see how much greasy liquid comes out of yogurt.
Another important thing is to get the liquid out of the cucumber, as well as the seeds. I cut the cucumber lengthwise and scoop the seeds out with a spoon. Then I chop up the rest. I’m too cheap to have a blender, so I smash each one with a shotglass and then pour out the liquid.
I chop up the garlic and smash it too, but keep the liquid of course. I may use a clove or two – it depends on how much you like garlic. I cut the onions in strips.
Then you put it all into a container with a little lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. Don’t use too much, you can always add more later. Let it sit for about a week to really let the garlic soak in, and then you have a beautiful tzatziki that you can eat with just about anything.