Tzatziki

If you live in Utah or have lived there (or even if you’ve visited), I’m sure you’re familiar with places like Crown Burger (which is hands-down the most popular), Burgers Supreme, and Apollo Burger. They’re part steak fries and flame-broiled burgers and part gyros and baklava, but no matter what you get, it’s awesome.
 
When I was pregnant with my daughter, my OB/GYN’s office was just down the street from what was, in my pregnant (at the time) opinion, the best Apollo Burger (the one on State Street in Orem, a few blocks north of Center Street, if anyone’s interested…) I would always go to my appointments hungry (you weigh less that way) and then swing by Apollo Burger for a kid’s meal or a gyro afterwards. Not such a big deal when you’re just going to monthly appointments, but when you start going every week (or more), going to those doctor’s appointment hungry isn’t gonna help that scale much…
 
 
My favorite part of the gyro is the tzatziki. If you’re not familiar with tzatziki, it’s a creamy, cucumber-y, savory sauce that goes on top of a gyro (basically, a pita filled with Greek-seasoned lamb or chicken). But guess what? You can also dip vegetables, pita wedges, crackers, or flatbread in it. I had some of this on hand a little while back and made a roasted vegetable pizza and dipped the pizza in it and it was awesome. You could even use it as a salad dressing–super versatile and healthy.
 
Speaking of yogurt…there’s a lot of Greek yogurt out there and it feels like the scene is always changing, but when it comes to plain Greek yogurt, there’s a lot of great stuff out there–Chobani, Stonyfield, Oikos–but Fage is consistently my favorite. So. There’s that for what it’s worth.
 
This recipe is super easy–like, you’re 5 minutes away from eating tzatziki and pita chips for breakfast. Not that I would know from any firsthand experience. You’re going to need plain Greek yogurt, 3 green onions, a clove of garlic, some dill weed (dry is fine–dill is one of those herbs that tastes just as good dry as it does fresh and you can use the same amount of fresh or dry), about 1/2 of a medium cucumber, and some kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
 
 
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“How do I seed a cucumber?” you ask. Glad you asked! Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and then insert the tip of a small spoon into the seed membranes of the cucumber. Apply enough pressure until you reach some resistance and then drag the seeds out with the spoon. Super easy.
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Chop the cucumber, green onions…
 
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and mince up that clove of garlic.
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Add the dill weed…
 
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and season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Quick and Easy Tzatziki from Our Best Bites
Try to stop eating it, I dare you.
Quick and Easy Tzatziki from Our Best Bites
 

 

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Quick and Easy Tzatziki


Description

A quick, refreshing dip or sandwich spread!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt (that’s 2 6-oz. containers)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 green onions, firm ends finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together and season to taste. Can be stored up to three days.

Notes

  • This is delicious with vegetables, on burgers, pitas, in 7 layer dip, or with chips, pita chips, or crackers.

 

36 comments

  1. Oh thank you! I love gyros! I grew up outside of Chicago and there are a lot of great Gyros places there.. here not so much. Will have to try this.

  2. one of the best things about utah is the cheap, delicious greek food. my favorite is greek souvlaki. and now i'm hungry for it at 8:20 in the morning!

  3. no need to tell me twice. i finally conviced my hubby to try a gyro there the other day. lucky duck . . . works half a block away from apollo in draper.

  4. Katrina–it's on about 400 N. and State Street in Orem on the right side of the road if you're heading north. Also awesome? The cheeseburger kid's meal. Seriously, it's the perfect amount of food, so good, and it's CHEAP!

  5. ugh . . . this looks so yummy right now! do i really have to wait around for you to post the lamb recipe? where's apollo burger in provo . . . i need to know these things. {it's sad that i have no idea . . . } it's quarter to 8 in the morning and you already have me starving!

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