This Greek Tzatziki Sauce recipe is about as good as it gets and it can be used for many different recipes. My personal favorite is with Greek Gyros, just like the recipe I posted last week. I promised you I would show you how to make this secret sauce so that you could finalize your own personal experience making these your self and I’m making good on that here today. This sauce is sweet, creamy and full of flavor. It’s exactly what every home cook needs in their refrigerator on a regular basis because it pairs so well with meats, seafood, vegetables and baked goods like Pita Bread, Pretzels and Bagels.
The Secret to Tzatziki Sauce
In my opinion, there are a few key ingredients that gives Tzatziki Sauce its unique and authentic taste. Greek Yogurt is one of them. It’s very rich, creamy and doesn’t taste much like American or other foreign yogurts. White Wine Vinegar is the other ingredient that gives this recipe it’s flavor. Not only is it added to the yogurt, it’s added to the grated cucumber with a pinch of kosher salt so it can marinate and release the juice that needs to be strained before it’s added to the sauce. Dill is the herb that really enhances the flavor as well, so feel free to add as much as you like because Tzatziki Sauce is usually swimming with it.
Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients:
1 Cucumber, grated & juiced
1 pinch Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar, mix with cucumber
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 Garlic Clove, minced
3 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar, mix with yogurt
1 tbsp Dill
Be sure to strain the cucumber juice after marination is complete and follow the instructions in the Tzatziki Sauce video recipe.
I have found that the best Pork Gyro is made by Greek’s in sub sandwich style shops with fresh toppings and thinly sliced marinated meat cooking in a rotisserie. Now all you need is some fresh baked Pita Bread, some Tzatziki Sauce and you’re good to go. And that’s exactly what I aim to provide you hear in this recipe. A great Greek marinade that will enhance the natural flavor of the pork or lamb, if you prefer, and the best way I know how to make this professional sandwich in the comfort of your own home that will taste like you’re in the heart of the motherland itself, guaranteed.
Pork Gyro Marinade
The Greek flavor in a great Pork Gyro is going to derive from the marinade and this marinade can be used with lamb as well. But any roast is only as good as the seasoning it’s paired with. So you’ve got to break the ingredients down and realize what gives it its originality and its authentic flavor. I have found that the secret lies in the white wine vinegar and the juice that comes from the grating of a sweet red onion. This secret is known to not only the Greeks but to the Persians as well. Then spicing it up with some freshly chopped garlic, a few herbs and some salt and pepper, takes it the rest of the way.
Pork Gyro Meat Cooked in a Rotisserie
This Pork Gyro recipe does not have to be cooked in a Rotisserie, but I find that it really mimics the style you will find in any great Gyros Restaurant because the meat can be sliced off around the outside and served as it continues cooking towards the middle. So it makes it fun for small parties and barbecues even though you aren’t technically grilling, I don’t think anyone will complain because these are amazing. Plus you’re going to want to learn how to make the Greeks secret sauce called, Tzatziki Sauce. This recipe is not only good with Gyros but a variety of other cooked meats, seafood or used as a dip for vegetables and baked goods like Pita Chips, Bagels and Large Pretzels or Pretzels Bites.
If you love Teriyaki Chicken, this is the recipe for you. It’s as good as any restaurant recipe I have ever had. In fact, I think it’s even better than the recipe at my favorite Sushi House in town. My kids won’t usually eat anything but a California roll, so I usually order them a Bento Box that comes with a combination of things. One of which is Teriyaki Chicken. And their recipe is really good but this recipe is definitely better. The beautiful thing is that you get the wonderful flame flavor from the grill and then a nice thick syrupy sauce on the stove that can be spiced up if you’d like.
Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fry
I like to have my Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fry or even by itself served with white or brown steamed rice. After the chicken is cooked on the grill and cut into bite size pieces, I like to add the chicken to a hot pan on the stove with more Teriyaki Sauce. This is the best time to add vegetables if you plan to make a Stir Fry. It only takes a few minutes to cook as you thicken and caramelize the sauce. My original Teriyaki Sauce post can be found HERE so you can watch the video but I’ll add the ingredients down below.
Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients:
4-8 Boneless Chicken Thighs
1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce
1 cup Soy Sauce
1 cup Mirin
1/2 cup Sake
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
Combine all of the Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and reduce for approximately 20 minutes until you’ve reached desired thickness. Then follow the directions in the video to make the Teriyaki Chicken.