One of my favorite comfort foods is Gyro sandwiches. For those who have never heard of this dish, it is roasted meat (typically lamb or beef), sliced into thin strips and served in a pita with veggies of your choice.
While having fresh meat and veggies are important, the key to a delicious gyro is Tzatziki Sauce. Simply put, it’s a Greek yogurt sauce with various spices and herbs mixed in. There are two ways to make good Tzatziki Sauce: The quick way and the authentic way.
The authentic way requires you to strain the yogurt, usually in a coffee filter, which means a thicker sauce. If you choose the quick way, it cuts about 2 hours (you read that correctly) out of the prep time. The taste difference is negligible.
For this sauce, I recommend:
- 3 cups Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 large English cucumber, diced (the long, skinny ones)
- 1 tablespoon salt, (I prefer Kosher or Sea Salt)
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill and/or
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
- salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Start by peeling then dicing the cucumber. Add the tablespoon of salt to draw the excess water out.
- After about 30 minutes, drain the cucumber and wipe it off with a paper towel.
- Using a blender add cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, dill and/or mint, and a few grinds of black pepper. Blend well.
- Stir into yoghurt. Add salt if necessary
While I typically use this for Gyros, it’s a great sauce for any type of sandwich. It’s got a lot more protein, nutrients and flavor compared to mayo. It also goes great on burgers.