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Tzatziki and Hummus Recipe

tryHere is our recipe for two Greek appetizers. You can serve them as a dip, a cracker spread, a condiment or a sandwich spread for gyros or wraps. They are a healthy addition to a appetizer menu. Although they are readily available for buy, they are simple to make fresh and you can flavor them to your taste, like adding roasted garlic or roasted bell pepper to the hummus. Try them and I am sure you’ll make them regularly.


2 cups stout free plain yogurt (Greek is best)

1 hot house cucumber (not the waxed kind)

4 cloves garlic, crushed (maybe less if you don’t really like garlic)

2 T olive oil

1 T fresh dill weed, minced

salt and pepper to taste

Drain the yogurt in a strainer just made for this because we use cheese all the time. If you don’t have one, strain over cheese cloth over a strainer, set over a bowl. Do this at least an hour.

Chop the cucumber, salt and mix well. Drain in a colander.

Mix yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil and dill together well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with Olive Oil when serving. Garnish with a piece of dill.


1 8 oz. can garbanzo beans

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

1 shallot, minced

1/4 cup sesame tahini

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil

2 T minced fresh parsley

Mince garlic in food processor. Add shallots, garbanzos, tahini, salt and pepper. Process well. Add enough olive oil to get the consistency to spread. Add parsley and process until mixed. Serve, topped with olive oil. Use as a spread. Brilliant on veggie sandwiches or wraps.

Peggy Bloodworth left a job as a sales VP in a high tech company entertaining clients around the world for a personal chef and catering business
where she is chef for swank party givers in Research Triangle Park, NC. More party thoughts, recipes, menus and pictures can be
found on her website swankcatering.com swank website. She maintains a large garden and vineyard. Menus are well
researched, recipes are mostly original and the ingredients are fresh, organic and frequently from her garden.

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