I don’t know about you, but when it comes to summer and BBQ season, I am all about the dips. Germans are known for their array of grill sauces (we have a HUGE variety of store-bought sauces, but also a gazillion good recipes for homemade sauces and dips).
One of the ones that you’ll frequently find is Tzatziki (pronounced zza-zzee-key), obviously not a German dish, but still a favorite at every grill party either as a dip for potatoes and veggies or grilled meat. It’s super quick and easy to whip up and so light and tasty.
It’s made with yogurt, olive oil, and grated cucumber and the only trick to remember is to properly drain the cucumber, as its high water content will otherwise water down the dip too much. I simply grate the cucumber and then squeeze the excess water out over the sink.
- ½ English cucumber, grated and squeezed to remove water
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. dried dill
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
Grate the cucumber into a bowl and then use your hands to squeeze out the excess moisture over the sink. Combine the cucumber with yogurt, then fold in the other ingredients and give it a good stir. I usually let the dip sit in the fridge for a couple of hours, so the flavors can really meld.
What’s your favorite dip?