Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

You ever go to a Mediterranean restaurant and you’re left in awe at all the sauces, dips, and spreads?

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I mean, I worked at one spot in high school, back when I wasn’t very savvy with too many cultural cuisines, and I’ll never forget how shocked I was at everything. From the hummus, to the tabbouleh, to the baba ghanoush, I could not believe I had been deprived of all these great things all that time.

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So, let me put you on to one of my favorite Mediterranean sauces: Tzatziki. Check out the full video recipe below or click here!

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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I ALWAYS confuse it with tahini, also a Middle Eastern sauce but it’s made with toasted sesame seeds. Very different in flavor, but they both start with the letter T and are white in color so I always get mixed up. Find a great tahini sauce recipe here.

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What do I need to make Greek Tzatziki Sauce?

  • Greek Yogurt. You can definitely use regular yogurt here, but Greek yogurt already has tangy taste and is thicker and that’s the consistency we’re looking for. Make sure whatever yogurt you use is plain!
  • Cucumber. We’re going to shredded it so it doesn’t have to be a pretty one.
  • Garlic. Minced because we don’t want huge chunks of garlic in the tzatziki.
  • Olive Oil. Because it’s necessary.
  • Distilled White Vinegar. Brings some tanginess to the party.
  • Salt & Pepper. Don’t forget to season!!!
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Why make Tzatziki Sauce at home?

Can’t you just go buy it at the store for a few bucks. Well, yes. You can get just about anything premade at the store. The reason why I urge you to make this delicious sauce at home is because, like most things, it is incredibly better when it is homemade and it is so easy to make! Now, I’m not here to compete with an authentic Greek restaurant. But I can attest that this homemade tzatziki will be better than the one you grab from the supermarket!

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Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Crisp, creamy, and tangy. Let me put you on to one of my favorite Mediterranean sauces: Tzatziki.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 2 Bowls
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Cutting board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 grater
  • 2 paper towels

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cucumber shredded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar distilled
  • To taste salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mince garlic and set aside. Grate cucumber and set aside.
  • Place shredded cucumber into paper towels and squeeze as much liquid out as possible.
  • Combined Greek yogurt, dried cucumber, minced garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Squeeze as much liquid as you can from the cucumber. Traditionally, tzatziki sauce is thick and creamy, not runny or watery.
  • Feel free to add herbs like dill or parsley to you tzatziki.
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Greek Feta Burger Recipe

A delicious way to twist up your traditional burger recipe!

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I’m not one to mess with a good ole staple in American cuisine: the burger. But, sometimes I get tired of eating the same flavors over and over again.

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So, the last time I wanted to make burgers with a twist, I looked in the fridge and saw feta cheese, spinach, tomato, and red onion. That’s when I knew what had to be done next.

Greek Feta Burger

A Greek feta burger.

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I was originally going to make a feta spread on the bun, but that didn’t work out. I tried following some of the tutorials I found on google for melting feta cheese like dissolving it water, etc… all fails.

Therefore, I went ahead and crumbled some feta over my patty. It was delicious regardless, but y’all wait on that feta spread recipe because I am not giving up on that one!

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When it comes to Greek seasoning, this is the one I use:

Greek Seasoning That I Use

You can always make your own, which would be a combination of oregano, onion, garlic, basil, dill, salt, and black pepper.

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Greek Feta Burger Recipe

A delicious way to twist up your traditional burger recipe!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 People

Equipment

  • 1 pan
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 2 burger buns
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp greek seasoning
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano or dried
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • To taste salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes sliced

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ground beef, egg, Greek seasoning, fresh oregano, fennel seeds, and salt and pepper. Shape into patties and set aside.
  • Cook burgers on a pan over medium high heat until fully cooked through. Set aside.
  • Assemble burgers with bun, patty, feta cheese, spinach, red onion, and tomato. Enjoy!

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Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread Recipe

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Somewhere between tortillas and naan lies pita bread.

What is pita bread?

Pita bread is a notorious flatbread common in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and surrounding areas. It’s often enjoyed with hummus and chicken shawarma.

What’s the difference between pita bread, tortillas, and naan?

Well, for starters the ingredients. Naan is made with all the ingredients in this pita bread recipe, plus eggs, yogurt, and butter. Meanwhile, tortillas are made with flour, baking powder, and water. The flavors are different in each one of these breads and that’s why they are all individually unique.

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One thing all these breads have in common though, is that they’re best when eaten freshly made. And where can you really go to find fresh pita bread? Oh yeah, no where! So, the perfect solution is to make them yourself.

Now that may sound a bit overwhelming. But trust me, it’s not hard at all. It just takes a little arm work and some time. Oh yeah and like four ingredients.

Pita Bread Recipe
Homemade Pita Bread
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What do I need to make pita bread?

Flour. I use all purpose in this recipe but feel free to use whole wheat flour, buckwheat flour, spelt flour, or whatever type of flour you have on hand. Go ahead and get creative if you’d like, but to achieve the traditional pita we all know and love, you’re going to want to stick to all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

Oil. I used olive oil, but avocado oil works too. Don’t substitute for any other type of oil, and make sure it’s high quality. This really matters in this recipe.

Salt. Pretty standard component in this recipe and absolutely necessary. Feel free to add more or less depending on how you prefer. What’s listed in the recipe is a standard amount for the quantity yield.

Yeast. Duh. How else are we going to form fluffy pita bread? We need our dough to rise, so yeast is an essential ingredient here. Seriously, you’re going to have to run to the store for a pack of yeast to make this recipe.

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Now let’s make something clear. There’s pita bread, which has a pocket in the middle, and then there’s pocket-less pita, Arabic bread, Syrian bread, Greek pita, and more. What I’m trying to emphasize is that there’s so many variations of this amazing flatbread, so try the different variations and find which one you like most.

Why make pita bread at home?

Well, I already explained how great fresh pita is. If that wasn’t enough convincing then let me just tell you about how much I love this recipe. It’s a simple dough to prepare and yes that I love.

But I enjoy the actual cooking process because if the dough is prepared correctly, then you’ll have inflated pitas on your stove top or in oven, depending on how you decide to cook you pitas. It’s a cool process to watch and definitely gives you that little extra satisfaction knowing that you can make a perfect, pocketed pita bread!

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How do I store extra pita bread?

If you plan on enjoying your pita within 2 days then store it in a air tight container or bag at room temperature. Otherwise, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to enjoy.

How many pitas does this recipe make?

This recipe make approximately 8 pitas. Feel free to scale the recipe to whatever fits your needs.

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Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread Recipe

Somewhere between tortillas and naan lies pita bread. One thing all these breads have in common though, is that they’re best when eaten freshly made. And where can you really go to find fresh pita bread? Oh yeah, no where! So, the perfect solution is to make them yourself. Now that may sound a bit overwhelming. But trust me, it’s not hard at all. It just takes a little arm work and some time. Oh yeah and like four ingredients.
Prep Time 1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 rolling pin
  • 1 skillet, or heavy duty pan
  • 1 baking stone, or baking pan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp dry active yeast or 1 packet dry active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 – 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine yeast, water, and 1 cup flour. Mix until combined and set aside for 10 minutes
  • Add salt, 1 tbsp oil, and 1 cup flour. Mix until combined and add the remaining flour, if necessary, in small doses until the dough is not sticky nor dry.
  • Kneed dough for 5 minutes, or until the dough is smooth.
  • Place in bowl with remaining oil and cover. Let sit in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
  • Remove dough from bowl and roll out into a log. Cut log into 8 pieces and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Roll each piece into a circle and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into round flatbread's about 1/2 thick.
  • Bake on stone or pan at 475 for 3 minutes, flipping once. Or, cook on skillet or pan on medium heat for 3 minutes, flipping once.

Notes

  • If you plan on enjoying your pita within 2 days then store it in a air tight container or bag at room temperature. Otherwise, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to enjoy.
  • This recipe make approximately 8 pitas. Feel free to scale the recipe to whatever fits your needs.

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Greek Meatballs Keftedes Using Black Eyed Peas Recipe

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This recipe is inspired by Greek dish called Keftedes. “Kofta is a family of meatball or meatloaf dishes found in the Indian subcontinent, South Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Balkan, and Central Asian cuisines. In the simplest form, koftas consist of balls of minced or ground meat—usually beef, chicken, lamb, or pork—mixed with spices or onions.”

I decided to make my own version of these Keftedes in plant based version, that’s still delicious and full of flavor like traditional Keftedes.

Greek Meatballs Keftedes

This plant based meatball recipe is great because it yields a meatball that develops a crispy outside layer, making the texture more similar to a traditional meatball.

These koftedes developed great flavors and I have to admit it is because of this spice seasoning I picked up at the store.

Greek All Purpose Seasoning

These meatballs would work well with just about any bean, I just used black eyed peas because I like the color and the texture it provides in a vegan meatball.

I noticed that these meatballs are best the next day! I swear.

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Vegan Greek Meatballs Keftedes

  • Servings: 4 people
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Ingredients

  • 1½ cups cooked black eyed peas
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 1 lemon juice
  • ½ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 flax egg
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp all purpose greek seasoning
  • ¼ tsp paprika

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until your mixture is roughly chopped.
  2. Form your meatballs and place formed meatballs in fridge for 25 minutes.
  3. Baked the meatballs in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
  4. After an hour, remove from oven and allow to cool. Serve with lemon tahini dressing. Enjoy!

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Classic Chickpea Hummus

Simple Chickpea Hummus Recipe

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Hummus is truly one of a kind. Classic, healthy, and so delicious!

I always opt for dried chickpeas with my cooking, even though it is a bit more work than just going to the store and picking up a can of chickpeas. “Bisphenols are used in aluminum can linings to reduce corrosion. One bisphenol, BPA, has all the molecular characteristics of an obesogen, a term coined in 2006 to describe chemicals that potentially make us fatter. It enlarges fat cells, disrupts a protein that protects the heart called adiponectin, and functions as a synthetic estrogen. The latter means it can have sex-specific effects on growth and narrow the coronary arteries, increasing risk for coronary artery disease. Studies have shown you can reduce BPA levels by as much as two-thirds by avoiding canned foods – in just a few days’ time,” The Guardian. For this reason I choose to steer far far away from canned foods.

I soak my chickpeas overnight, and then I cook them on the stove for 1-2 hours. Like I said, it is a process. However, this way I’m not risking my life with an aluminum can and the finished product with dried chickpeas compared to canned chickpeas is 1000x better.

Once the chickpeas are cooked though, this recipe is super simple. 5 minutes and a handful of ingredients is all it takes to make a chickpea hummus that is significantly better than anything you’d ever buy at the store.

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Simple Chickpea Hummus

  • Servings: 4 people
  • Difficulty: easy
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Classic, silky hummus better than anything you'd buy at the store.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Blend tahini, vinegar, lemon, garlic, and cumin to create a paste.
  2. Add chickpeas and blend.
  3. Add water until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Taste for salt.

Nutrition

Per Serving: 239 calories; 7.3 g fat; 35.1 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 61 mg sodium.

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