Gyro - Pita Bread - Sandwiches.
Greek style yogurt and cucumber
For Gyro - Yee roh - Ji roh - Jee roh - Gi roh
Greeks are as fond of gyro as an American is fond of hamburger.
8 oz plain yogurt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 teaspoons dill weed powder
2 peeled garlic cloves, finely minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Slight optional variations may include: 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh dill and/or fresh mint
Peel off the bitter waxed cucumber skin, cut cucumber in half, spoon out or bore out the center seeds and pulp and discard. Pat cucumber with paper towels to get it as dry as you can,
dice cucumber and place it in a food processor chopper machine.
Add all other ingredients but first pour off any water settled at the top of the yogurt and blend in 8 oz, regular yogurt (not low fat) do not over-mix. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator, let set undisturbed overnight allowing the ingredients to blend. Sauce will re-thicken (keep well chilled when not in use.)
Makes about 2 cups.
Mediterranean style tzatziki (yogurt and cucumber white sauce) use on gyros, pita sandwiches, dolmades, roast lamb, roast pork or beef, fish and other seafood, rice dishes, grilled vegetables, vegetable filled egg omelets and many other foods.
For a tasty hamburger sandwich sauce, add and mix in 2 tablespoons dill relish, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise along with 4 tablespoon of this sauce, which is enough for 6 sandwiches.
This cucumber and yogurt sauce will store safely in the refrigerator for several days. If excess liquid accumulates on top, just pour it off.