Tzatziki sauce cucumber substitute!

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  1. mtbfan101

    mtbfan101

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    Hey everybody,

    I am a health nut, and I love everything that goes into Tzatziki sauce except one thing: cucumber! I was thinking that red bell pepper might be a good substitute for this. What do you guys think? Any other suggestions?
     
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  2. petalsandcoco

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    MTB, Welcome to Cheftalk,

    Have you ever thought about using zucchini , finely grated ?
     
  3. mtbfan101

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    I like that idea. I can't say that I've had raw zucchini before/img/vbsmilies/smilies/redface.gif. I usually just saute it with squash. 
     
     
  4. petalsandcoco

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    Well I have to tell you that I am nuts about tzatziki.....

    If you finely grate it , it has less water than a cucumber and the texture is not bad at all. I put zucchini in my salads just because it's denser than a cucumber.

    Slice your zucchini is half and put them on a grill , drizzle with olive oil, splash of lemon juice , S & P ...heaven ! (You might as well slice a tomato while your at it) Don't have a grill ? Toss them on a sheet pan, oven, broil for a few minutes, lovely.

    I am sure there are many things that can go in it....I was trying to match your veggie as close as I could.

    Petals.
     
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  5. mtbfan101

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    Haha, I love your enthusiasm. Fortunately for me, I am cooking stuffed peppers, so your food ideas are only fueling my appetite that is soon to be satisfied! I think I'll split the tzatziki batch into two. I'll try one half with your zucchini idea and the other half with a pepper! Thanks for the help :).
     
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    Stuffed peppers eh ? Nice !

    I am sure the color  and taste will be just great.

    Petals.
     
  7. chefross

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    Just curious......why no cucumber? Seeds? Gas?
     
  8. koukouvagia

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    What is it about the cucumber that you don't like?  Sometimes if it's cut into big chunks I don't like it either.  Usually I grate it finely, toss in some salt and leave it on a sieve.  15minutes later you can ring out a lot of the water so that it doesn't make your tzatziki liquidy.  I can't think of anything that car actually replace cucumber, it's funny.  Maybe some apple?  Or better yet, celery.
     
  9. margcata

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    Since Tzatiziki is made up of Greek Yogurt with garlic, dill and mint, salt and black pepper ... perhaps, if you wish to leave out the cucumber -- one can.

    Zucchini is another alternative ...

    Another alternative could be:  Tyrosalata:

    Feta cheese

    olive oil

    dried chili pepper finely chopped

    lemon juice

    bell red pepper

    bell green pepper

    oregano black pepper

    Margcata.
     
  10. mtbfan101

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    Cucumber, for whatever reason, just tastes awful to me. I have equated it to people who really hate cilantro. I have a friend who says if there is the smallest bit of cilantro in a dish, she can't eat it. That is how I am with cucumbers. Seriously, if I have a trace of cucumber on a bugger(even if someone put a cucumber slice on top and removed it), I'll taste it and can't eat it haha.

    Apple or celery might be kind of interesting. The bagged Dole celery at my store is crisp and refreshing but not very robust; however, the celery sold by the stalk is peppery and especially good for soups. I can imagine a more peppery celery being quite good in a tzatziki sauce!
     
  11. mtbfan101

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    Feta cheese is a wonderful idea. That way I can still stick to that greekish theme(though to be honest, I was going to make a gyro with homemade whole wheat tortillas to cut carbs--i'm pathetic). And you have now inspired me to look up tyrosalata because i'm not sure I've ever heard of it! Thanks for the post and the suggestions. I'll definitely be experimenting because of you guys.
     
  12. margcata

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    @ Mtb,

    Your welcome. Here is my traditional recipe for Classic Tyrosalata:

    225 grams ( 1/2 pound ) feta cheese

    3 tblsps extra virgin olive oil

    1 medium long green pepper seeded and chopped

    dried chili pepper ( 2 ) finely chopped

    oregano 2 tsps.

    salt and blk pep to taste

    1 lemon juiced

    Purée peppers, feta, oregano, and blk pep in blender or food processer and very slowly add the olive oil

    season to taste with lemon juice and serve cold or room temperature

    *** warm Pita and a lovely white wine from Greece or Prosecco sparkling wine from Italia

    This is quite lovely ...
     
  13. mtbfan101

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    Margcata,

    That sounds pretty boss /img/vbsmilies/smilies/cool.gif. I will definitely be bookmarking that! I do have a question, though. Do you rehydrate the chilis? Also, do you think red pepper flake would be a good substitute? I only ask because I have a boat load of red pepper flake haha.

    Thanks a lot,

    Pat
     
  14. ishbel

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    I've never heard of tzatsiki being used as a sauce.  It is usually served as part of a meze in Greece.
     
  15. mtbfan101

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    Around here a lot of people call it cucumber sauce. It's used mostly on gyros.
     
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    Really? Tzatziki is used extensively here as an accompaniment to Greek Gyros.

    Yes it is served by itself as meze in Greek restaurants as well.
     
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    We call gyros, doner kebabs here in the UK - and tzatsiki isn't used on them.

    Interesting how when foods are moved from their native heath, other countries change how they are served
     
  18. koukouvagia

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    Oh come now, you've been to Greece.  Tzatziki is always used on gyros and souvlaki as a sauce.  But it is also served on its own as a meze, most often as a spread.  However, it is delectable when eaten with rice - that is quite common.  Around my house we use it to dip lamb or meatballs in it too.
     
  19. koukouvagia

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    Why can't your recipe's just say "my" recipe?  Why must they always include the words traditional and classic? 
     
  20. mtbfan101

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    Ahhh, great idea! Meatballs dipped in tzatziki sauce? That's protein central!