One day while looking through my fridge and figuring out the
inventory, I noticed that I had 2 bunches of fresh spinach that I had intended
to make börek
with but still were sitting there. I did not find the time to
make an elaborate meal such as börek
, so I decided to find a simpler use before
they went bad. They still looked good and fresh but still, I prefer cooking
vegetables very soon after they’re purchased. I had some store-bought organic plain
yogurt on hand which I am not fond of using. I used to make yogurt weekly
because I think it is the best. I have tried probably most of the organic
yogurt brands on the market, but nothing beats the yogurt made at home. When
things get busy it is not always convenient to make yogurt at home, so I had to
go with what was available to me that day.
In any case, I decided to empty some of the
yogurt containers on hand in a bowl and make a ‘cacık’ with spinach instead of
the traditional ingredient of cucumber. It turned out very good actually. It’s
so quick to make and it is very refreshing especially during the summer months.
We enjoyed it and hope that you enjoy it too.
2 bunches fresh spinach (approximately 2 lbs)
6 cups plain yogurt
3-4 large cloves of garlic
1 tsp dried mint
1 tsp salt
Steam the spinach for a couple minutes until it is wilted.
Remove from pot and run under cold water. Squeeze the excess water with both
hands. Coarsely chop the spinach and place in a large bowl.
Crush the garlic with a garlic presser or chop very finely.
Add to the spinach. Add yogurt, mint and salt and mix until all ingredients
become slightly runny.
Enjoy cool with your favorite meal or as an afternoon snack.
Labels: Appetizers, Vegetable Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes