Double Duty Tzatziki
I love classic, versatile foods like Greek Tzatziki. It’s that creamy white dip-like sauce made from cucumbers, Greek yogurt and dill that everyone loves to pair with pita chips, naan or fresh pita bread. Did you know that Tzatziki also doubles as a creamy condiment with the potential to zap your steak, lamb, chicken, potatoes or other vegetables into the greatest, most decadent healthy food you’ve ever tasted? Every host or hostess should be armed with an easy Tzatziki recipe that you can whip up quickly anytime you need a tasty appetizer or an instant flavor boost. Here you go!
Extra Creamy Extra Fast
If you’ve ever attempted homemade Tzatziki, you might have learned the hard way that if you don’t strain the yogurt and cucumber through a cheesecloth you risk ending up with a watery mess. But who has time for all that fuss? For a creamy shortcut that ends up tasting even better, I just remove the watery seeds from the cucumber and add low fat cream cheese for instant flavor and creaminess! Also, I don’t grow dill in my garden so I use some of my fresh basil along with dried dill and throw in a tiny jalapeno for a bit of spice. So even if you’re not a Tzatziki lover, this might just be the one to wine you over. It’s that simple.
Suggested Wine Pairings
Tzatziki is a versatile and classic Greek sauce that just happens to pair perfectly with a variety of Greek wines. This particular sauce has a little bit of zing and tang with just a hint of spice so you’ll want to reach for a bright, crisp wine with a zesty acidity and maybe even a little bit of sweetness. For Greek whites, try a lemony Assyrtiko or zesty Athiri. If you’re not into expanding your wine palate, you can also stick with a safe Sauvignon Blanc, off-dry Riesling or even an Austrian Grüner Veltliner. Red wine lovers should look for a light to medium-bodied red that is lower in tannins, like a rich Agiorgitiko, spicy Refosco or cherry-inflected Xynomavro. If you prefer to stay local you could also go with a safe choice of Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc.