March 30, 2009

Milos Tsatsiki


Brad and I love to try new restaurants in the city. Our list of "to visits" is constantly growing, and I think we would probably have to eat out every night for the next month just to scratch off all the ones we currently have down. That being said, more often than not, we are constantly revisiting our favorites. We have our favorite brunch spot, local Italian, 24-hour diner and even our favorites for special occasions. I love trying new places, especially with the amazing press that many of the ones here in the city get, but I also crave the dishes from our most frequented spots.

One of the restaurants that we find ourselves at quite often is Estiatorio Milos. Milos is a Greek restaurant with a focus on seafood. Everything is super fresh, from the tomatoes, which they use for an unbelievable tomato salad, to the fish, which is actually laid out on ice for you to go up and select. We frequent Milos often in the summer for a light dinner and a bottle of white wine. We are especially fond of the Milos Special - which is thin cut and lightly fried pieces of zucchini, eggplant and saganaki cheese served with a phenomenal tsatsiki.

When I saw the recipe for their tsatsiki in the May 2008 Gourmet I almost screamed! It tastes exactly like it does in the restaurant, and is super simple to make. We put this on all kinds of veggies and even topped whole pitas with it for lunch. It has a creamy and tangy base thanks to the Greek yogurt, but the cucumber keeps it light and refreshing. I made a double batch of this and enjoyed pulling it out for a snack all week long. This would be an absolutely perfect dip with a big veggie plate.

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes from last week! We are feeling much better now and are excited that it is finally warming up!


Milos Tsatsiki
Courtesy Estiatorio Milos 

1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 cup Greek yogurt
  • Toss cucumber with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a colander and let drain for at least 15 minutes.
  • Mash minced garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt, using back of knife, until it forms a paste.
  • Whisk together garlic paste, EVOO, yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Using hands, squeeze out any excess moisture from cucumbers, then fold into yogurt.
  • Season with salt if necessary.

27 comments:

Michelle said...

Awesome! That's so cool you found their recipe!

Donna-FFW said...

I am so going to try this very very soon!! How nice that you were able to recreate it so well at home.

Lavanya said...

very nice to hear abt fav foods..the recipe is awesome..looking cool n lovely!!

Sara said...

I love greek food - seriously, I could eat it every single day and never get bored. This looks delicious.

5 Star Foodie said...

How wonderful that you were able to find this recipe to make it at home! I love tsatsiki!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Don't you love it, when you can re-create something you love at a restaurant?! This looks so fresh and delicious. We're on a similar wavelength. Before I got sick, I bought everything to make Tzsasiiki to go with my Gyros pitas. I can't wait to this, now!

Great recipe, and fantastic job.

Nurit said...

Nice pics. This sound delicious!

Helene said...

I've bookmarked this recipe. Can't wait to try it.

Claudia said...

I have all the ingredients as was going to try to make this over the weekend. Looks scrumptious.

Pumpkin said...

Wow, that does look easy (and tasty!) I love tsatsiki sauce!

noble pig said...

Lovely, lovely. It is so dip season.

Culinary Wannabe said...

Hi Michelle - I was so excited!

Hi Donna - I know! I was thinking it wouldn't be nearly as good, but it tasted just the same.

Hi Lavanya - It is very refreshing.

Hi Sara - It is totally addicting!

Hi 5 Star Foodie - Really exciting!

Hi Debby - There must be something in the air (besides the flu)!

Hi Nurit - Thank you!

Hi Helene - I hope you get a chance to try it!

Hi Claudia - It's so convenient since the ingredients are usually staples.

Hi Pumpkin - And I'm pretty sure it's good for you! Pluses all around.

Hi Noble Pig - Agreed. This will be perfect in the warmer weather.

Ragne said...

Just great, it looks so fresh and delicious. Some things in life are so worth of trying- there is no doubt that this excellent recipe is one of them. Thank you!

Grace said...

i adore tsatsiki sauce--i don't even require a dipping tool. :)
and that milos special looks ridiculously scrumptious--gorgeous presentation of a wonderfully creative dish, i must say. :)

Mary said...

this looks yummy! I'm totally making this for my husband's bday dinner!

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

WOW, I wish I was eating those carrots. Yum!

Junglefrog said...

I totally love tzatziki! I will be making this recipe soon! Can't wait to try it!

Emily said...

Delicious! All of this looks fantstic

Elra said...

Do you know how much I love tsatsiki, I can eat this everyday. Your recipe sounds so delicious.
Cheers,
elra

Ginger said...

I love Tsatsiki but always just buy it. I am going to try this for a weekend treat. My husband will be so HAPPY!!!

Maria said...

Looking good! I love that stuff!

Chef Fresco said...

Tsatsiki is great, thanks for the recipe! I've been wanting to try making something with greek yogurt.

Kerstin said...

It looks refreshing and really yummy - it's awesome you can make it at home now too!

burpandslurp said...

wow! lovely! I'd like this in a pita or wrap with some lamb kebabs.

Stacey Snacks said...

Now can you please make me the taramsalata? please?

Mary said...

I've bbokmarked your recipe. It waits only for slightly warmer weather and a butterflied leg of lamb.

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