Guest Post: By Amanda
There are certain things in life that both seem exotic and actually are: a roasted pig, an emerald engagement ring, an Indian spice. But it is often times the case that I find a product that is wonderful, exciting, and, yes, exotic – all without being as out of reach and unattainable as one might think. This is especially pronounced when it comes to food. Be it Mediterranean, Chinese, or Mexican food, whenever my husband and I try something new I often find myself wishing that a certain dish could be replicated at home. And, even though the dish in question is often unmistakably the product of an exotic culture, it is usually easy to replicate.
Last week, my husband and I went decided to check out a Greek restaurant that I’ve been eying for weeks. It looked cute, upscale, and authentic, and it’s located in a neighborhood not far from our house. It was really only a matter of time before we gave it a try, and we were incredibly happy that we did. The food was delicious, the service impeccable, and the two of us thoroughly enjoyed our evening. While our entrees were very good, though, I was especially wowed by our appetizer of tzatziki sauce and pita. I couldn’t get enough of it. Neither could my husband. I left the restaurant determined to find a way to make it at home.
Turns out, making authentic-tasting tzatziki sauce at home is an incredibly quick and straightforward process. After studying a few recipes online and then adding a dose of intuition, I was able to make a bowl of the sauce in under 10 minutes.
First, here’s what you’re going to need to make an appetizer-sized amount:
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
-An 8 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt
-Half a cucumber
-5-10 cloves of garlic
-Optional: salt and olive oil
Start by using a standard cheese grater to grate the cucumber into a bowl. You don’t need to bother peeling the cucumber for this process.
Once complete, the contents in the bowl should include a pile of cucumber shavings and a small amount of cucumber juice.
Drain the juice into the sink and then mix the shavings in with the Greek yogurt. (Some people squeeze and drain the cucumber before beginning to grate, but I found that more onerous.)
Then, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the garlic. Tzatziki is a garlicky dish, and I promise you’re going to need more garlic than you initially think.
Finally, add a pinch of salt for taste, a bit of olive oil for texture, mix well, and serve with your favorite pita bread. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make – and how authentically exotic it tastes.