Delicious Greek Meze: Homemade Tzatziki and Pita Bread


Delicious Greek Meze: Homemade Tzatziki and Pita Bread

What makes Tzatziki an essential component of Greek Meze dishes?

Delicious Greek Meze: Homemade Tzatziki and Pita Bread

tzatziki and pita bread

Tzatziki and pita bread are two of the most popular Greek meze dishes. Tzatziki is a refreshing dip made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and olive oil, while pita bread is a soft and fluffy flatbread that is perfect for scooping up the tzatziki. These two dishes are best enjoyed together and are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Ingredients for Tzatziki

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, seeded and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions for Tzatziki

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  3. Serve cold with pita bread.

Ingredients for Pita Bread

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions for Pita Bread

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast.
  2. Add warm water and olive oil and mix until the dough comes together.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a towel or plastic wrap, and let it rise for 1 hour.
  5. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C) and place a baking stone or a baking sheet in the oven to heat up.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll them out into 6-inch circles.
  7. Place the pita bread on the hot baking stone or sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes until puffed and lightly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
  9. Serve warm with tzatziki.

Enjoy this delicious Greek meze dish with friends and family! It’s perfect for sharing and sure to impress.

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