Tzatziki made with Zucchini

>> Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tzatziki. Zucchini. OIKOS? Lots of weird words flying around, right? Well, when we were shopping at Wegmans the other day, I found this tasty tub of tzatziki in the hummus section. Of course, I've enjoyed the Greek dressing/spread/whatever-you-call-it before while dining out at some local joints. It's good on bread, veggies, and falafel. So, I put it in our grocery basket . . . thinking we'd find a million uses for it this week. Then Stephen looked at me like I was a crazy person. "C'mon, Ashley," he said. "You can totally make this yourself!"

He was right. And now you can make it, too!

Traditional tzatziki is made with yogurt (goat's milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, pepper, and occasionally dill. Sometimes lemon juice and parsley -- even mint -- are added for extra flair. As you know, I don't follow rules and recipes. So, not having cucumbers in our fridge or dill in our spice drawer didn't stop me from creating my own version of the stuff.

I improvised.
I toiled.
I tasted.
I tinkered.

What resulted was slightly thinner than the tzatzikis I've had in the past -- it's a perfect salad dressing and/or sauce that can be used on virtually everything. And now I have yet another use for my favorite Greek yogurt

(I already eat it with fruit for breakfast, put it in chocolate cakes, and throw it in frosting for my ever-so famous Elvis cupcakes!)

(Makes 1-1/2 cups)

What you'll need . . .
  • 10 ounces OIKOS (or other) Greek yogurt
  • 1 medium zuchini, peeled and chopped
  • 2 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt

Method . . .
  1. Put everything together in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. You may wish to add more or less Greek yogurt to research your desired consistency. We liked ours thin because we used it to top some homemade polenta over a salad.

It's tasty and cheap. And it lasts pretty much all week if you stow it in an air-tight container in your fridge. Now, here's my question for you all: What store-bought item have you made at home? Any good recipes to share???

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