Well, I will continue sharing the delicacies we had with our friends at an Adana kebab restaurant in this post. The first appetizer/mezze they brought before kebab was this cacik. It was AMAZING, so it was the first dish we finished in a few minutes. Cacik is a refreshing and appetizing mezze or side dish and generally served to replace a refreshing salad. You may already have seen a recipe of cacik in one of my old posts. This one was a bit different though. Our regular cacik is made with a mixture of yogurt, a little water, chopped cucumber, mashed garlic and dried mint, so you eat it with a spoon. This one was so thick that you can eat it with a fork. All the ingredients looked the same, but they used strained yogurt and almost no water, which made it more appetizing. Strained yogurt is one of the ingredients we use very often in various mezzes and I think it goes perfect with anything, I can even have it plain as a mezze.
So if you love to use strained yogurt in dishes, I highly recommend you to try this thick cacik. You can serve it as a side dish with any main dish or as an appetizer. I’m sure you will love it no matter how you serve.
- ½ cup strained yogurt
- 4 tbsp water
- 2 cucumbers, chopped with their peel
- 2 cloves garlic, mashed
- salt to taste
- 2 tsp dried mint
- ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- Put strained yogurt in a bowl. Add water and mix to loosen yogurt a bit. We want it still to be thick, so we don’t need a lot of water.
- Then add all ingredients except mint and mix. Put it on a plate and sprinkle dried mint on it.
- You can drizzle extra virgin olive oil over it as a final touch before serving.