Tzatziki

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My late brother, Executive Chef many years ago at Top of the Mark in San Francisco, once said he thought the saucier was the most important chef in the kitchen.  I have always agreed with that assessment.   I have been asked more than once at someone’s house to “please make the gravy” so I think I may be pretty good at that.  I will be re-posting several of my favs this week on the site as they often get lost in the sea of “main attraction” posts.

Tzatziki is a well-known Greek condiment and one I enjoy frequently with several grilled meat entrees.   This Greek food condiment is marvelous with my Middle Eastern/Mediterranean grilled beef or Kubideh lamb kebabs or my Mediterranean Meat Wraps.  It’s also great on tuna, salmon or crab cakes or added to a shawarma gyros sandwich wrap.  I’ve even used this sauce on cucumber-tomato salads as a dressing!  It’s ever so simple to make, too!

NOTE:  Be sure to squeeze out as much water (with hands or clean kitchen towel) from your grated cucumber as possible before combining ingredients or else it will bleed out its water into the sauce and weaken the flavor as well as spoil appearance.  This recipe is not suitable for Induction due to the yogurt, but you could make it with all sour cream and enjoy 2-3 Tbsp.  This sauce is suitable for other Keto diets and Primal Blueprint (occasionally), but not at all Paleo approved due to the yogurt.

INGREDIENTS:

1 large 8-9″ cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated

1 c. Greek yogurt (I personally prefer half yogurt & half sour cream)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. yellow onion, minced finely

½ tsp. dried dill weed (or 2 sprigs fresh, chopped)

½ tsp. dried mint (or 1 T. fresh, chopped fine)

Dash each salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  At least 1 hour before serving, peel the cucumber.  Cut in half and seed with a spoon.  Grate the cucumber onto paper toweling double thick or even better, place it in a clean cotton woven kitchen towel (not terry cloth, please).  Blot the water away with paper towels or wrap, twist and squeeze it in the kitchen towel to remove all water.  You want to get as much water out as you can.  Add the cucumber to a medium bowl.  Add all remaining ingredients and stir well.  Cover and chill until ready to serve.  If it bleeds out more water, blot it from around the edges with a paper towel, stir and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 2 cups or 4 servings (perhaps more depending on how much people eat).  1/4 of the batch contains:

102 calories, 8.1 g  fat, 4.6 g  carbs, .8 g  fiber, 3.8 g  NET CARBS, 3.2 g. protein, 110 mg sodium

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