Easy Tzatziki Recipe!

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Get ready for a bright, tangy, creamy and EASY Tzatziki Recipe that you will want to put on EVERYTHING!  The Tzatziki Sauce has cool and creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime zest, garlic, and scallion. 

The Perfect Condiment for so many dishes!

Tzatziki goes with so many different things!  I love to serve it with meatballs, shrimp, chicken, on salads, with quinoa, in pitas, and more!

Here are a few recipes that would be great with this Easy Tzatziki Recipe!

 

PREP FOR YOUR EASY TZATZIKI RECIPE

Zest the Lime and add it to the yogurt. 

Mince the garlic and add it to the yogurt.  FREEZER HACK: I mince a ton of fresh garlic in a mini food processor and then store it in the freezer so it’s always ready for me!

Also finely chop the scallion and add that plus salt and pepper to the yogurt.  

If you use an English Cucumber, you can keep the skins right on.  The skin has more of the nutrients and vitamins than the inside, so I love to use it.  Use the medium grate size to grate the cucumber. 

TIP: I like to grate right over a paper towel or clean towel so that you can squeeze the water out of the cucumber and can strain it out.

Shredding cucumber on grater over paper towel for Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce.  The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes

Cucumber shredded with grater over paper towel for Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce.  The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes

Wrap the cucumber up in the towel and squeeze all of the water out. You can mix it with the yogurt mixture now if you are eating now, but if not, then I store the cucumber in a separate bowl lined with more towel to soak up any additional water.

Hand holding cucumber wrapped in paper towel for Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce.  The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes

Hand squeezing cucumber wrapped in paper towel for Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce.  The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes

Add the shredded cucumber to the yogurt and mix everything to combine.

Ingredients in a bowl for Tzatziki sauce to go with Chicken Greek Meatballs. These meatballs have garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano.

What other ingredients can be used?

If you don’t have greek yogurt, which tends to be thicker, you can use regular plain yogurt and let it sit in a strainer in a coffee filter or paper towel to let some of the water drain out.  You can also use sour cream instead of yogurt.  Other ingredients you could add to this are dill, parsley, or cilantro.  You could also use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Easy Tzatziki Sauce! Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium English Cucumber
  • 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Scallion
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • Zest from Lime same Lime used for the shrimp
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add the yogurt. Zest the Lime and add it to the yogurt. Store the remaining zested lime in a sealed container in the fridge.

  2. Mince the cloves garlic and add it to the yogurt. Also finely chop the scallion and add that plus salt and pepper to the yogurt.

  3. Using a grater on the medium grate size, grate the cucumber with the skin on. I like to grate right over a paper towel or clean towel so that you can squeeze the water out of the cucumber and can strain it out.
    Grating cucumber for Tzatziki sauce to go with Chicken Greek Meatballs. These meatballs have garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano.
  4. Wrap the cucumber up in the towel and squeeze all of the water out. You can mix it with the yogurt mixture now if you are eating now, but if not, then I store the cucumber in a separate bowl lined with more towel to soak up any additional water.
    Hand holding cucumber wrapped in paper towel for Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce. The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes
  5. Finish the Tzatziki sauce by mixing the shredded cucumber to the yogurt and mix to combine.
    Ingredients in a bowl for Tzatziki sauce to go with Chicken Greek Meatballs. These meatballs have garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano.

Turkey Moroccan Meatballs Stuffed Pitas with Hummus

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Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.

Hello, Beautiful!  Yep, these are some beautiful – and irresistible I might add – Moroccan Meatballs Stuffed Pitas!  They are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.  Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are incredibly easy to make, fun to stuff, and so delicious to eat.

The truth is, I haven’t made many Moroccan dishes, but one of the easiest ways to change up a dinner rut is to add new and different flavors.  Making meatballs from ground turkey instead of beef and adding new and different spices does just that!

So, what led me to Morocco you ask?  Well, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with ginger.  But when cooking with it, always find myself making some type of ginger stir fry.   So I really wanted to find a new way to use it, a new cuisine other than Asian.  Moroccan cuisine is known for its warm spices, one of which is ginger!  And the rest, as they say, is history…or in this case, MEATBALLS!

Oh, and in case I have intrigued you with ginger stir fry, check out these amazing recipes!

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas on a plate. They are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.

PREP AHEAD FOR YOUR MOROCCAN MEATBALLS PITAS

While there are a few delicious components to these beautiful stuffed pitas, it all starts with the turkey meatballs.  The spices that give them that warm Moroccan flare are garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne.

To ensure that all of these spices are evenly distributed into every single meatball, I like to first mix them with the egg to create the wet mixture.

Then, I mix them into the ground turkey with the parsley and bread crumbs.

Next, roll into small 1 inch meatballs.  You should get about 26 meatballs, so with 3-4 meatballs per pita, you get 7-8 half pitas stuffed!  Perfect for a family of 4-5 people.

Next comes the homemade Hummus!  This hummus is so simple and just lets the chickpeas do their job – taste amazing!  For this recipe, put the clove of garlic, the olive oil, and water into a food processor until smooth.  Then add the drained chickpeas and blend until smooth.  That’s it!

The yogurt sauce is equally as easy to make!  Just lemon zest, a little lemon juice, parsley, salt, and pepper.

COOK & ASSEMBLE YOUR MOROCCAN MEATBALL PITAS

First, cook them under the broiler for 5-6 minutes until they start to brown on top.

Then move them down to center rack and turn the oven to 375 to bake for 15 minutes.  They should be golden brown from the turmeric and other spices when done.

Next, warm up the pitas in the oven and start filling.  First fill with the hummus, add 3-4 meatballs, top with the lemon yogurt sauce, garnish with parsley and ENJOY!

 

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.  Easy, Fun, Delicious, and Good for You!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 465 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Moroccan Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 lb White Meat Ground Turkey, free range, raised without antibiotics
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 3 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbls Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Hummus

  • 1 can Chickpeas
  • 1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1/4 cup water

Lemon Yogurt Sauce

  • 5 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 tsp Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste

Other

  • 4 Pita Breads, cut in half
  • 2 Tbls Parsley, chopped for garnish

Instructions

Prep-Ahead: Ingredients

  1. Mince 2 cloves garlic.

  2. Peel and mince about 1 inch piece of ginger to get 2 tsp.  

  3. Chop 5 tbls parsley...2 tbls for the meatballs, 1 tbls for the lemon yogurt sauce, 2 for garnish.

Prep-Ahead: Meatballs

  1. To a small mixing bowl, add 1 egg, the 2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tsp minced ginger, 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Ground Coriander, 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 fresh ground pepper.  Mix together thoroughly with a fork.

  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the Ground Turkey, the egg and spice mixture, the 2 Tbls chopped parsley, and the 3/4 cup bread crumbs.  Using your hands or a large fork, mix to thoroughly combine.

  3. Make small meatballs that are about an inch in diameter.  Recipe makes approximately 26 meatballs.  At this point, you can store them in the fridge, freeze them or cook them.

Prep-Ahead: Hummus and Yogurt Sauce

  1. To a food processor, add 1 clove garlic, 1 tbls extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Blend until smooth.  Rinse and drain 1 can of chickpeas.  Add them to the food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Zest the entire lemon, then quarter.  To a small bowl, add the yogurt, the lemon zest and the juice from 1 quarter of the lemon.  Add 1 tsp chopped parsley.  Mix and then add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Cook and Assemble

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Drizzle a tsp of olive oil on a large sheet pan and rub it around to coat the bottom.

  2. Turn the oven setting to broil and place the turkey meatballs under the broiler for 5-6 minutes or just until starting to brown.

  3. Then move down to center rack and turn oven setting back to Bake at 375 degrees.  Bake for 15 minutes until internal temp reaches 165.

  4. Wrap pitas in aluminum and put in the oven to warm for the last 10 minutes of the meatball cooking time to warm through.

  5. Open the Pita Pocket, add the hummus, then the meatballs, top with yogurt sauce and parsley, and Enjoy!