Easy Cucumber Appetizer Recipe

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An easy appetizer sure to be a crowd-pleaser is cucumber tzatziki dip, which consists of plain yogurt, garlic, dill and cucumbers. Mix up this Mediterranean-inspired dish with help from a professional chef in this free video on cooking techniques.

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Hi, I'm Michelle Karam with Dishes by Michelle in Los Angeles, California. I'm here today to talk to you about easy cucumber appetizer recipes. This recipe is one of my absolute favorites. Being of Middle Eastern descent, I grew up eating this at family parties, different functions that we'd go to, and it was always one of my favs. This is cucumber Tzatziki. The ingredients for this recipe are: one container of plain, non-fat yogurt, salt, pepper, one clove of garlic, fresh dill, dried mint, one English cucumber, and also I have some pita chips over here, which you can serve it with on the side. This dip can go with just about anything though. You can cut up some celery, some carrots, some more cucumbers, it's a hit, anything you put it with. Okay, so the first thing we're going to do is we're going to go ahead and shred our cucumber. You don't need to peel this, you don't need to do anything, just go ahead and just put it on your grater and just start gratin' away. Alrighty, so there we go with that. So, there is our whole cucumber that has been shredded, and as you can see it's real nice, and fine little fine shreds of it. Okay, let's go and put that on the side. So now, what I'm going to do is I'm just going to go ahead and take all of this cucumber and we're going to dump it right into our yogurt. Okay, so there we go. We'll keep that big piece of peel out, alright. So the next part of this recipe is we're going to take our fresh dill and we're just going to take the tops of it. We're going to leave those thick stems that are on the bottom out, 'cause nobody wants to bite into that, and we're going to use this part right here and all we'll do is we will just go ahead and chop that right up, and it's just a little dice. Make sure you furl your fingers back 'cause you don't want to lose a finger doing this and chop away. So then, the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to take this fresh dill and we're going to put it in there. And these are just a few simple steps with a few simple ingredients. Next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our clove of garlic and here you go, ready, this the fun part - mash! And you smash it down, and give this a quick tuck, and there we go with that; and the beauty of this appetizer is that the longer this sits and the flavors have just a chance to come together, the better the flavors get, the more it opens up, the more delicious it becomes. Truly very good. Alright, next thing we'll do is we're going to take our dried mint, and this is mint that I've taken from my garden and I've just laid it out on a paper towel and dried it. It's one of those things that it's so universal what you could use mint for. You can use it for 1,000,001 different things. I use it for teas, I use it when I cook, I use it for this dip and you're just going to probably use about a teaspoon to a tablespoon of the dried mint and that's it, and then see? You'll end up with some of the seeds. You want to discard those. Next thing we'll do is we'll put some salt, we'll put some fresh black pepper in there, and now we're just going to give this a stir and make sure that all of the ingredients are combined really well. Take this, put it into a pretty bowl, just pour it right on in there and this is just a fast and easy cucumber dip appetizer that you can serve for any party, any time. I usually like to serve it with some pita chips. So here you have it, some easy delicious Tzatziki. I'm Michelle Karam with Dishes by Michelle in Los Angeles California, and this was easy cucumber appetizer recipe.

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