Monday, August 6, 2018

MONDAY RECIPE POST - CUCUMBER YOGURT




This is actually a Blue Apron recipe and part of a whole meal, but as we enjoyed it so much we will be making it with many other meals.  We thought it would be good with seafood particularly.

Cucumber Yogurt

1 Persian Cucumber (these are relatively small.  You can use a hot house cucumber, maybe a third of it.  You be the judge.)
1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt (less 2 tablespoons as you will be using this to make another dish.  Menu next Monday)
Olive oil, just a drizzle
1 clove garlic, made into a paste (use a garlic press if you have one)
Salt and pepper

Grate the cucumber on the large side of a box grater.  Transfer to a strainer set over a bowl; sprinkle with salt and stir to combine.  Set aside to allow excess water to drain, without stirring, at least 10 minutes.

Using a spoon, press down on the salted cucumber to release as much liquid as possible.  Discard the liquid and wipe out the bowl.  Place the drained cucumber in the same bowl.  Add the yogurt, a drizzle of olive oil, and as much of the garlic paste as you would like.  

Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.  Add it as a side to any meal you feel this would go with.  The original recipe has chicken.  We thought it would be great with seafood.  A very tasty dish and one we enjoyed with the main menu which was a Tandoori Chicken.  I will share that next Monday.

I would suggest going carefully when adding the yogurt.  You don't want it too soupy; maybe add a little at a time, mix and see what it looks like after each addition, until you get the consistency that you like.



28 comments:

  1. It looks so cooling and healthy. And you could put it on so many foods!

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    1. Gregg even had it as a snack on its own last night.

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  2. Yoghurt dips go beautifully with most Indian dishes, and indeed most spicy foof. Turkish food too.

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    1. I wonder if it cools the heat down from spicy food? Maybe yogurt acts like it would milk? A friend told me to drink a glass of milk if I had too much of a spicy food. It seemed to work.

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  3. Do you remember that expression 'it looks good and by jove it tastes good'? It applies here'

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    1. Yes I do remember that saying Valerie :)

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  4. Hello, I would like this recipe with chicken. Sounds yummy! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

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  5. I love cucumbers and I love greek yogurt which means I would love this recipe IF someone made it for me

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    1. Come on over, I'll make it for you, lol!

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  6. I don't like cucumbers, but the yogurt part is good!!!

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    1. Gregg suggested grating zucchini, that might work.

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  7. sounds yummy...i have a lot of cucumbers in the garden right now!!!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did Debbie.

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  8. I have a similar recipe and it is delicious. Yum yum. Take care Diane

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  9. Hi Denise. It's been forever since I've visit. I'm trying to get back into the swing of blog reading. I spotted your comment on Ginny's blog and had to drop in to say hello.

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    1. Hi Annie, so good to hear from you and thank you for stopping by to say hi. I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

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  10. Oh yum! That looks wonderful. I was just at a party where the hostess had hollowed out cucumber disks and put a dip in them. It was great.

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    1. Hi Kay, your hostess' cucumber appetizer sounded very yummy.

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    1. Thanks Christine, we thought so too.

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    1. It was very yummy. Years ago I would not have enjoyed it but now my taste buds must have changed as I got older.

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