Filipino Tzatsiki Recipe Tzatsiki

The Filipino Tzatsiki Recipe Tzatsiki Recipe is a widely used dip for appetizers or side dishes. Its flavors are especially enhanced when served with the mild taste of crisp vegetables, such as the fried zucchini and eggplants in recipe above. In Greece, these bite-size vegetables and dip are often served with ouzo or cold beer.

Makes 2 cups (1/4 cup per serving)

1 cucumber
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt*
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh whole dill
Kalamata olives

Peel, deseed and coarsely grate the cucumber. Set aside on paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

Stir yoghurt until smooth and creamy. While stirring, gradually mix in the olive oil and vinegar.

Crush the garlic cloves in a garlic press then add into the yoghurt mixture. Stir in cucumber and dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with a
dash of extra-virgin olive oil, fresh whole dill leaves and a few kalamata olives.

Tzatsiki can keep for a few days when refrigerated. However, the flavor of the garlic gets increasingly stronger by the day.

* If not available, substitute with regular yoghurt, strained in cheesecloth for 2 to 3 hours, in the refrigerator
* If not available, use fresh mint

Filipino Tzatsiki Recipe Tzatsiki
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