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Today we take our taste buds to Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. As the home of the Ancient Olympics Games, the country of Greece remains at the heart of the Olympics, and was the host nation for the revival of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. Before each of the Olympic Games, the Olympic Flame is lit in Olympia, in a ceremony that reflects ancient Greek rituals and initiates the Olympic torch relay. We couldn’t think of a better way to acknowledge the history of Greece and the Olympics than with a bite of their delicious cuisine, specifically tzatziki sauce. While falafel probably originated in Egypt, it makes for a scrumptious vessel to serve traditional Greek Tzatziki on (plus, you can make it in a crock pot!)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 3.5 hours

Slow cooker size: 2-quart

Servings: 6


1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas), strained
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ onion (optional)
1 egg
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons olive oil

Tzatziki Sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup Tillamook 0% Plain and Simple Farmstyle Greek Yogurt
¾ cup finely diced cucumber
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon finely chopped green onion
½ teaspoon finely chopped parsley


1. In a food processor, chop the beans, leaving some chunks (you don’t want to chop it so much that it becomes a paste, like hummus). Add the spices, egg, garlic, onion and lemon juice.

2. Transfer the wet mixture to a mixing bowl and add bread crumbs. Pour the olive oil into the bottom of your crock pot.

3. Form the bean mixture into golf ball sized balls using your hands, then flatten slightly. Dip each side of the balls into the olive oil and nestle into the bottom of your crock pot. It’s ok for the balls to overlap and sit on top of each other, they shouldn’t stick together.

4. Cook on high for 3.5 hours, flipping after 2 hours to make sure they all cook evenly. Serve warm with tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce
1. Combine all ingredients and mix with a spatula or spoon. Add black pepper or additional dill, onion, mint or parsley to your liking.

2. Refrigerate until ready to eat, and serve cold with falafel, meat, or pita!



Going to try this out tonight! Thanks for the Recipe :)

February 28th, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Tillamook Team

You're so welcome, Josh! Let us know how it goes. Thanks for your comment!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

March 3rd, 2014 at 8:25 am
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