Tzatziki Sauce For Gyros
This is extremely easy to make, and goes great with pitas. Even better, serve it as a sauce for these awesome grilled gyros.
You will be waiting for the yogurt to strain for a little over an hour; otherwise the actual prep only takes about five minutes.
- 16 ounces plain yogurt
- 1 medium cucumber
- 2 Tablespoons fresh mint, minced
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- pinch kosher salt
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- First, strain the yogurt. There is a device called a yogurt strainer, but unless you plan on making tzatziki on a daily basis, I recommend using a coffee filter placed in a colander. Place this in a bowl or a casserole dish with the yogurt in the filter, and leave in the fridge for an hour or a bit longer. You will see clear liquid in the container below the strainer and the yogurt will be thicker than it was when you started.
- While the yogurt is in the refrigerator straining, you can do the other prep. Mince your mint and garlic, and peel the cucumber.
- Deseed the cucumber. To do this, cut the peeled cucumber in half length-wise. Then, use a teaspoon to simply scoop out the seeded portion of the cucumber. When you are done you will be holding two halves of a cucumber which resemble little canoes.
- Mince the cucumber.
- Once the yogurt has strained for an hour or more, simply mix all of the ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and place back in the refrigerator for an additional 15 minutes or more.