Originally posted by CamSkaterUNC
I recently returned from New York City, where I had probably the best Gyro, purchased right on the street corner, I've had in a long time. I've never tried making one for myself at home and every place I get one around here (Colorado), the taste of the sauce is different. Thus, some are better than others. What are some of your recipes or ways of making a delicious Gyro right at home? :-)
Here's a Tzatziki Sauce recipe:
Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)
(Makes about 3 1/2 cups.)
3 cups Greek Yogurt (or regular plain yogurt, strained)
juice of one lemon (about 3 T)
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
about 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
1 T finely chopped fresh dill (can substitute mint leaves for a slightly different version)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Peel cucumbers, then cut in half lengthwise and take a small spoon and scrape out seeds. Discard seeds. (If you use the small seedless or European cucumbers with few seeds, you can skip this step.) Dice cucumbers, then put in a colander, sprinkle on 1 T salt, and let stand for 30 minutes to draw out water. Drain well and wipe dry with paper towel.
In food processor with steel blade, add cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill, and a few grinds of black pepper. Process until well blended, then stir this mixture into the yogurt. Taste before adding any extra salt, then salt if needed. Place in refrigerator for at least two hours before serving so flavors can blend. (This resting time is very important.)
This will keep for a few days or more in the refrigerator, but you will need to drain off any water and stir each time you use it.