Alrighty then... done with the depressing stuff and the reminders. Now let's talk about food. The picture up there is of some Persian cucumbers I bought at Trader Joe's. Perfect for tsatsiki and gyros I wanted to make for dinner. This dinner is quick and easy. Also perfect for a warm night. By the time the coals are ready to grill the chicken, you can have the tsatsiki made and everything sliced and diced for the gyros. And if you have seen my calendar, I'm really surprised I even have time for that.
Tsatsiki: (Gourmet Magazine May 2008)
Before I get to the recipe. If you have this months magazine on page 148 there is a recipe for chilaquiles. Those aren't chilaquiles, that's a nacho on steroids, but not chilaquiles. They look good but I have never had chilaquiles that look like that. EVER. Stay away from that recipe. It's a culinary sin. If I served that recipe to my husband, in-laws and all my mexican friends, I would be divorced and friendless. Back to the tsatsiki...
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup plain yogurt (preferably goat's or sheep's milk)
Toss cucumber with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a colander and drain 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mince and mash garlic to a paste with a 1/4 teaspoon of salt, then whisk together with olive oil, yogurt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Squeeze out any excess water from the cucumbers with your hands, then stir cucumbers into the yogurt mixture. Season with salt.
You can serve this with some chips, pita bread, or drizzle it over some grilled meat.
For the gyros, I marinated some boneless, skinless chicken breasts in olive oil and a ton of Cavendar's Greek Seasoning. (The youngest sous chef giggles every time I say chicken breasts, because mom said breasts. Hehehehe. I know boneless, skinless chicken breasts have absolutely no flavor or taste but this is one of my easy meals. So sue me. Anyways I said breasts...hehehe.) Grill until done. Feel free to use any type of meat you want. Lamb would be perfect, steak is also good.
You also need pita bread, thinly sliced red onions, some lettuce, and tomatoes.
Everyone liked this dinner. Even Rich, who has a rule about eating foods with the letters y and g in same word. For example yogurt and gyros. Those foods can not possibly be good because they have the letters y and g in them. Where does this guy come up with this stuff at? Well, he ate seconds and so did Katie, the bird like eater. I can't wait to make this again especially when it's really hot outside and you can have an ice cold beer. Heaven.