5/7/08

Mom Said Chicken Breasts...hehe.

Hey Guys! Before I get to my post I want to give you a little head's up. Remember Saturday May 10th is our virtual potluck.Please post your favorite recipe or drink or wine or whatever it is that you bring for a dinner party. I will link them up on Saturday. I know everybody will come up with something good. If you haven't yet sent in your RSVP and you want to come to the party just let me know in the comments section.

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...

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.


19 comments:

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

everyone is talking about gyros lately! yum!

Mayberry Magpie said...

Mmmm, Mmmmm, Mmmmm. It's looks like a perfectly yummy summer night dinner.

Mayberry Magpie

Laura said...

i swear i gain like three pounds everytime i check out your blog...but what a way to go! this looks so yummy.
i am working on my offering for the pot luck and should post it no later than friday. i can't wait to check out all the yumminess.

Grace said...

i swear, there's something about tsatsiki that just makes me happy. the second it hits my mouth i just swoon. god bless the greeks! what an awesome meal. :)

EAT! said...

I love the flavor combos in greek food - I think a big greek salad is in order for today!!

Mental P Mama said...

I always cheat and buy the Fage Tsatsiki. It is gooooood. Now, what should I bring to the potluck? Is there a theme?

Asthmagirl said...

Crud! I forgot about the potluck... I may have to make a regular soup since I haven't had time to research a new recipe. Can I just link to my cooking blog?

This looks way good. I really wish I liked cucumbers. I keep trying them but haven't developed a taste for them yet.

That y and g thing is a hoot!

Krysta said...

*mental... nope, there's no theme. you can bring whatever you'd like. snacks, sides, salads, dessert, main. Heck if you even have a drink or party favors you'd like to bring, it's all good.

*asthma... of course i would link it to your cooking blog.

Yeah, that y and a g thing is a hoot too. i swear he's a little kid sometimes.

Neen said...

So what do you think of Gourmet? I'm thinking of dropping our subscription to Bon Appetit (I just don't feel inspired), and am looking for an alternative. Would you recommend Gourmet?
Saturday. Pot luck. You're on. Anything in particular? Do's making a Himalayan mushroom soup tonight that could be a fun contribution, unless you're looking for something different.
As for gyros, I'm jealous. I've been eyeing Cook's Illustrated's gyros recipe for ages now, just working up the nerve. Craaaaavings....
And your son cracks me up. The world is already full of vegetarians, vegans, kosher-adibing folks, gluten-free, etc....and he won't eat food with Y and G. How old is this kid? Maybe he'll start a foodie cult. Of course, that woud rule out gyros and yogurt. On second thought, don't encourage him! :)

Krysta said...

*neen... rich is 'the man', my hubby! though with his food views he should be about 10. i like gourmet magazine but i don't have a subscription. make the gyros... sooooo good. do can make anything he wants. this is just something fun to do.

Lisa said...

Hello! I'd like to RSVP! I'm making a buncha stuff for Mothers Day....what do I need to do?? Can ya fill me in??

Krysta said...

*lisa... first of all...your blog. wow. i love the pictures of the henna tattoos! all this is... is a virtual potluck. bring whatever you want... music to food. wine to tequila. soda to a pinata. just bring a favorie recipe or something your famous for. Post it on Saturday and I'll link us all up.

noble pig said...

I love cavendar's greek seasoning. In fact I used to friend's with one of the cavendar kids from harrison Arkansas. I put that stuff on everything.

Potluck...would it be too late to post on early Saturday morning...like so early...like even midnight 12 AM...don't think I can do it earlier.

Krysta said...

*queen piggy... anytime, whatever is easier for you. i'm probably going to link throughout the day. just think of it as an open house potluck!

Krysta said...

*also queen piggy, you have the most interesting life... first branch ricky, now the cavendar family...on of these days we need to hear your life story!

White On Rice Couple said...

OMG!! That's right, the potluck!! We've been swamped at work and busy visiting food bloggers (Simply Gluten Free) that I totally forgot to check my blog calendar of events!
Gotta get to the kitchen....

me again said...

Consider this my RSVP for the potluck! I love a good potluck party! :-)
Lennie

Neen said...

chuckle. Your husband :) My bad. Though that does make it even funnier. :)

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