The beauty of Tyler Florence Fridays (besides Tyler of course!), lies in it’s flexibility; being able to make whatever recipe you want whenever you want. Busy? Traveling? Trying to eat well? Craving chocolate? Whatever your mood or weekly situation, there is a Tyler recipe for you, even if it’s just a simple sauce or condiment recipe that does not require much effort. It was a short week in Portland and we didn’t have time to do a whole lot of cooking, but I did manage to make my Mom my standard favorite, easy Turkey-Falafel Patties and needed a sauce to dress them up a bit. Cue the Cucumber Raita from Tyler's Ultimate television show. Found on the Food Network site here, it’s quick, easy and healthy. I usually throw together my own yogurt sauce for the patties, either a raita or tzatziki style, but why not give Tyler a try?!
Tyler's Ultimate, Tyler Florence
(Makes 2 cups)
2 cups of plain unsweetened natural yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
1 English cucumber, roughly chopped
1/2 red chile, deseeded and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 turns freshly ground black pepper
Combine ingredients in a food processor and pulse 3 times to just chop up the cucumber. The raita should be nice and creamy from the yogurt but still have texture from the cucumber.
Notes/Results: Good. Tyler’s raita is basic, tasty and has a slight kick from the red chile. It was perfect with the falafel patties on a whole grain pita and it also makes a great, low-fat veggie dip. Although Tyler’s recipe did not call for it, I always salt my cucumber and let it sit for 30 minutes or so (then rinse and pat dry) and I drain my yogurt for a few hours in the fridge to remove excess liquid and keep the sauce from separating. It tastes great freshly made but as many things, it benefits from a few hours in the fridge so the flavors have time to meld. Quick and easy.
You can check out what the other TFF participants made this week and see how they liked it here at the TFF site.
Happy Aloha Friday! Have a great weekend!