Eva’s Classic Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki is a popular Greek sauce that is often used as a dip with pita bread or enjoyed with various types of meat dishes such as souvlaki and gyros. It is best made with yogurt, but if you prefer not to use yogurt you may substitute it for sour cream. Keep in mind that the yogurt needs to strain for about 8 to 10 hours, so it’s best to begin the preparation the day before you plan to serve it. Some tzatziki recipes call for a bit of chopped dill or mint, but in this video Eva shows us how to prepare her version of this delicious sauce.

1 tub of plain yogurt
2 cloves of garlic crushed
Half a cucumber
1 tablespoon of olive oil
a pinch of salt (or to your taste)
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

To begin you need to strain the yogurt. Place a cheese cloth or a few sturdy paper towels on a strainer and place the strainer in a bowl. Scope out the yogurt into the strainer and allow the water to strain for at least 8 to 10 hours in the fridge. Once the yogurt has been strained, discard the excess water and place the yogurt in a medium-sized bowl. Add the crushed garlic to the yogurt. Peel the cucumber, slice it in half, remove the seeds, and shred the cucumber using a cheese grater. Squeeze out any excess water from the cucumber and add it the yogurt mixture. Add the olive oil, salt, and fresh lemon juice. Stir the mixture well. Garnish with an olive or a slice of lemon.

Enjoy!

Spicy Mediterranean yogurt dip

I’m posting late today. I’ve just been too busy with going back and forth from Minneapolis and enjoying the beautiful sights on I94…  So, yesterday after getting home form Minneapolis, I was invited to a poker game (that I lost with a run to a flush), and I figured I could whip together a quick dip to munch on during or before the game.

I mixed up a Mediterranean flavored dip with sundried tomatoes, capers and olives and a little chili paste to amp up the flavor. It looked like it was really appreciated! And it is very easy and quick to make. I suggest you give it a try for your next party!

Spicy Mediterranean yogurt dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strained or Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 2 tsp garlic-chili paste (or siracha)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano

Directions

  1. Roughly chop the olives, tomatoes and capers.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients.
  3. Enjoy!

Red wine poached pears with yogurt and pumpkin seeds

Today just a quick recipe, that can work as a dessert, breakfast or afternoon snack: yogurt with red wine poached pears and pumpkin seeds.

I made it a couple of weeks ago with a pear that was past its primes, some leftover wine and warming spices like cinnamon and pepper. It turned out comforting but not too sweet. Perfect for ending a meal or having breakfast on (don’t worry: wine evaporates so that the pears are not alcoholic).

Poached pears with yogurt and

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 cup wine
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 grains black peppers

Directions

  1. In a small pot bring the wine with the spices and tho honey to a boil and add the diced pear.
  2. Simmer until the wine is mostly evaporated and has reduced down to a slightly sticky syrup.
  3. Divide the yogurt between two cups and layer it with the pear for sweetness and the pumpkin seeds for some crunch.

Homemade Greek Bread : Greek Recipes

Homemade Greek Bread – This heavenly, homemade Greek Bread, is exceptional, and is a bread machine recipe, making it very easy. Made extra moist with the addition of the yogurt, the fresh herb taste combines perfectly with Feta cheese and cucumber. So delicious and healthy, enjoy it any time of day!

Prep Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6-8
Difficulty Level: 1

Ingredients to make Homemade Greek Bread

1/2 c Water
2 c White bread flour
3 tb Yogurt,plain
2 ts Dry milk
1 tb Sugar
1 ts Salt
2 ts Butter
1 pinch Garlic powder
4 ts Black olives,chopped
1/2 ts Sweet basil
1/2 ts Dill weed
2 1/2 tb Feta cheese
2 1/2 tb Cucumber,pureed
1/2 ts Fast-Rise yeast *** OR ***
1 ts Active-Dry yeast

Directions to make Homemade Greek Bread

Measure all ingredients into bread maker, in order recommended by manufacturer. Start on Basic cycle


Saucy Greek Burgers : Greek Recipes

Saucy Greek Burgers – This distinctive, delicious, Greek burger recipe is made with ground lamb, and served with a one of a kind, exquisite, mint yogurt sauce recipe included. Also served in Pitas, for more Greek tradition, these phenomenal, BBQ burgers are a “Must Try”.

Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 6
Main Ingredient: Ground Lamb
Difficulty Level: 2

Ingredients to make Saucy Greek Burgers

For yogurt sauce:
12 Ounces plain yogurt
2 Small garlic cloves
1/4 Teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons shredded fresh mint leaves, or to taste

For burgers:
2 Pounds ground lamb
1/2 Cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives, 12 to 15
6 small pita loaves
2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
2 small green bell peppers, cut in rings
1 red onion, sliced thin

Directions to make Saucy Greek Burgers

Step 1:Make yogurt sauce: Mince and mash the garlic with the salt. Drain yogurt in a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel set over a bowl 30 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and combine with the garlic and mint.

Step 2:Prepare grill and oil rack. Set grill 5-6 inches from coals. In a bowl gently combine the lamb,feta and olives. Form into 6 patties about 1” thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill for about 7 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Step 3:Split pitas form a pocket.Transfer burgers to pita pockets and top with tomatoes, bell peppers and onion. Serve burgers with yogurt sauce.