32oz container plain Greek Yogurt (I use Faye)
1 large cucumber, shredded with a medium size grater
3 garlic cloves, grated with a small grater, or very finely chopped
2 generous tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
If you have a cheesecloth, empty the yogurt into a large square of doubled cheesecloth, tie it at the top, and let it drip for two hours.
I do not, so: line a large mesh strainer with paper towels, empty the yogurt into it, and let it strain over a bowl for two hours. It should be thickened, and have about 3/4 cup of liquid strained into the bowl (which you can discard), and be left with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of the yogurt "cheese" left over. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
Grate the cucumber, and one handful at a time, squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can. Add the grated cucumber, grated garlic, chopped dill, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to the yogurt, and mix well to combine.
Ta-da! Done! I like to cover and place in the fridge for an hour or two to let it all meld together, and every day this dip tastes better and better!
A few summers ago we had the pleasure of taking a family trip to Greece that was totally unforgettable, and we absolutely fell in love with the food. From the grilled calamari rings as big as your head, the fried cheese, greek salads galore, the list goes on - we all left with full tummy's, tons of pottery, and The Food & Wine of Greece cookbook. This tzatziki recipe has become one of our party staples! Literally, if you've been to a Burke party in the last 2 years, you have had this recipe. It is so much fresher and flavorful than any store-bought version, makes enough for a crowd, and lasts in the fridge for a solid week. This recipe only gets better as it sits, so get it made and out of the way a few days before your party for easy, do-it-ahead entertaining. We love having it on hand to top salads, and dip veggies into all week... and all in all, it is just a delicious, healthy, and feel good recipe!
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