National Chocolate Day is celebrated on Monday, October 28, 2013, throughout the United States. So have you heard yet about how great mint chocolate tzatziki sauce tastes? Here's how to make it from scratch:
This family recipe for mint chocolate tzatziki sauce recipe is made with nonsweetened Greek-style yogurt or for vegans, nondairy yogurt, and also with fresh mint with olive oil infused with unsweetened cocoa powder drizzled on top. For tzatziki sauce (or dip) without chocolate added, you also can view recipes online such as the following: Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce Recipe | MyRecipes.com. Vegans can leave out the souvlaki and substitute marinated tofu or tempeh. Or for simply tzatziki sauce for dipping vegetables or home-made baked or dehydrated chips for dipping in the sauce, see, Kalyn's Kitchen: World's Best Tzatziki Sauce Recipe - Greek Yogurt.
Any nondairy yogurt can be strained through a cheesecloth to produce an approximation of Greek-style yogurt, which also is eaten in other countries across the East Mediterranean, in Western Asia, the Caucasus, and also along the Silk Road into Iran, along the Caspian Sea area cities, and into Central Asia.
Tzatziki sauce is a Greek-style yogurt dip or salad dressing made with fresh yogurt, cucumbers, lemon juice and dill herbs
You leave out the chocolate (unsweetened cocoa powder and fresh mint) infused olive oil from the yogurt, but instead just drizzle the mint chocolate olive oil on top of the yogurt and top with a pinch more of chopped mint and/or chopped dill herbs mixed with finely chopped fresh mint. You also can flavor this dip, sauce, or dressing with a pinch of stevia for a sweet version to go with fruit. Or for a savory version to do with dipping chips, try a topping of carmelized onions and chopped garlic on the savory version. On a sweet version to go over fruit, instead of garlic, a pinch of chopped fresh mint will do fine.
Leave out the chopped garlic or garlic powder if you're using cocoa powder with the sweet version. If you want to make plain, savory, unsweetened tzatziki sauce without any cocoa in it, the garlic goes well with the plain yogurt and cucumbers, more familiar version of this sauce or dip. Remember that the cocoa powder, since it's unsweetened will add a bitter chocolate flavor to the olive oil infusion, which you can highlight with a pinch of fresh chopped mint. You infuse the olive oil overnight with chopped mint and unsweetened cocoa powder. Then you drizzle the oil over the unsweetened Greek-style yogurt which has been mixed at the table with freshly chopped, peeled cucumbers, before serving.
Serve tzatziki sauce with warm whole grain pita bread (flat bread) chips that are baked after cutting the bread in small triangles. Or serve tzatziki sauce with a Greek salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, Romaine lettuce or chopped spinach and dill and feta cheese.
If you want a more 'tropical' version of this serve, instead of serving over a traditional type of Greek salad, serve it over chopped pineapple tossed with chopped carrots. Or serve with grilled vegetables or fruits. You can use the non-chocolate version of tzatziki sauce as a dip for chips or top as a dressing on Gyros or other sandwiches. But keep the chocolate version as a type of dessert, served over fruits as a type of ambrosia.
Also see, the following traditional tzatziki recipe sites online: tzatziki Sauce Recipe - Allrecipes.com, e - Allrecipes.com, Tzatziki Sauce Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network, Tzatziki Sauce II Recipe - Allrecipes.com, Tzatziki Sauce Recipe | Food Renegade, Greek Cucumber Yogurt Dip - Tzatziki, and Tzatziki Sauce. For a mint tzatziki sauce recipe, see "Chobani Cucumber Mint Tzatziki Sauce | chocolate & carrots."
As far as National Chocolate Day, it's also celebrate on a variety of dates in addition to October 28th of this year
National Chocolate Day is one of three chocolate-specific holidays through the year, which also include July 7's "Chocolate Day" and September 13th's "International Chocolate Day." It has been said that the origins of National Chocolate Day derive from the National Confectioners Association, an association that promotes the confectionary industry, according to the Wikipedia site and the site, "Calendar of National Chocolate Holidays | Farm Flavor," which mentions National Chocolate Day on October 28th. Also mentioned at that site are other chocolate days such as the upcoming, November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, December 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, and December 28: National Chocolate Day. There are many chocolate days, national and international beginning on January 3rd of each year and continuing every few days each month until the December 28th chocolate day. Types of chocolate days include among many others, February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day, and February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day, not to forget December 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, and July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day.
Don't forget World Vegan Day in only five days from today
If you're a vegan and don't use yogurt from milk products, you can substitute coconut, almond, or soy yogurt instead of yogurt made from dairy. Strain the yogurt through a cheesecloth to produce Greek-style yogurt, and then add your peeled, sliced, diced cucumbers to make a Greek-style tzatziki sauce in the vegan style with non-dairy yogurt.
World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on November 1st each year, by vegans around the world. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President and Chair of The Vegan Society UK to commemorate its 50th anniversary, according to the site, "World Vegan Day - Wikipedia."
Speaking in 2011 Louise Wallis commented, "We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944, but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for the 1st November. Partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain/Halloween and the Day of the Dead - traditional times for feasting and celebration. Both apt and auspicious." 2013 marks the 69th anniversary of the term 'vegan' (and thus the verbally clarified concept of 'veganism' and of the establishment of The Vegan Society), explains the "World Vegan Day - Wikipedia" site.