the appetizer:

Greece is a meeting place between East and West, its cuisine mixing classical Mediterranean cooking with "oriental" influences from the Middle East. Greek food remains true to its roots, like ancient philosopher Epicurus' dictum to "live well and enjoy the simple things in life."

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Cucumbers and Yogurt Appetizer (Tzatziki)

The Greek cuisine is so rich in appetizers that there is a constant risk of never getting past them and on to the main dish.

1-1/2 cups of yogurt (strained)
2 medium cucumbers
4-6 cloves of garlic, crushed
Salt, vinegar

Skin the cucumbers and cut into thin strips with a vegetable grater, and then you need to cut them into very small pieces. Drain and squeeze well and add the salt. Add the crushed garlic, a small amount of vinegar—like a 1/4 teaspoon. Add the yogurt and mix well, finally add the oil. Add this only add a very small amount. Serve with good Greek Bread. This is wonderful.


Copyright © Judy McCann, 1998-2006



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