Tzatziki is a traditional Greek dip that is made of sour cream, yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh dill. It is the perfect dip for vegetables and pita crisps; it also goes well with grilled meats, falafel, or souvlaki.
I like to use Greek yogurt to make Tzatziki because it is thicker than regular yogurt. If you decide to use regular yogurt make sure you strain it to remove some of the liquid, Tzatziki sauce should be thick and creamy. The yogurt and sour cream give the sauce a nice tang while the cucumber, lemon, and fresh dill balance it out with freshness. It only gets better with time, so let it sit in the fridge for a day before serving. Tzatziki is easy to make and is the perfect accompaniment for a variety of foods.
Tzatziki Dip & Pita Crisps
3 pita shells
1/3 cup butter
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tsp chives, minced
2 tsp lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Mix butter with parsley, chives, lemon juice and pepper.
Add garlic and mix again until smooth.
Cut each pita into quarters and separate the layers.
With a knife, spread each pita with some of the butter mixture.
Bake on a cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes or until crisp.
Serve with dip below
½ cucumber, grated and drained through a colander
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dill, minced
1 or 2 leaves fresh mint for garnish
salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Place in a small bowl and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
Serve with Pita crisps.