My other recipe is delicious, but I’m slightly allergic to dairy, so the sour cream is a problem for me. I found this recipe and am trying it out. It’s well worth reading the full discussion of this recipe at Kalyn’s Kitchen.
3 cups Greek Yogurt
juice of one lemon (about 3 T)
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
about 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
1 T finely chopped fresh dill (can substitute mint leaves for a slightly different version)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise and take a small spoon and scrape out seeds. Discard seeds. (If you use the small seedless or European cucumbers with few seeds, you can skip this step.) Slice cucumbers, then put in a colander, sprinkle on 1 T salt, and let stand for 30 minutes to draw out water. Drain well and wipe dry with paper towel.
Chop up cucumbers and garlic then add lemon juice, dill, and a few grinds of black pepper. Blend well, then stir this mixture into the yogurt. Taste before adding any extra salt, then salt if needed. Place in refrigerator for at least two hours before serving so flavors can blend. (This resting time is very important.)
This will keep for a few days or more in the refrigerator, but you will need to drain off any water and stir each time you use it.
For an interesting twist, I’m going to try adding avocado as recommended by Anne’s Food blog.
Delicious. A big hit with the family. “This is a Greek/American lamb and beef mixture version of the traditional Greek pork or lamb Gyros (or Gyro). Serve on warm pita bread with tzatziki sauce, and thinly sliced onion, tomato and lettuce.” -Chef Kenneth
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground lamb
1/2 onion, grated
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 slice bread, toasted and crumbled
1/2 teaspoon dried savory
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 dash ground cumin
- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.
- In large bowl, combine ground beef, ground lamb, onion, garlic and bread crumbs. Season with savory, allspice, coriander, salt, pepper and cumin. Knead until mixture is stiff. Shape into 4 very thin patties (1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick).
- Cook patties for 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
This is great! Cool and creamy, this tangy cucumber dip flavored with garlic is the perfect compliment to grilled meats and vegetables. It’s served on the side with warm pita bread triangles for dipping, and is also used as a condiment for souvlaki.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1 cup greek yogurt, strained
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and diced
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh dill
Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Finally, add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill. Chill for at least two hours before serving.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill just before serving.