As grilling season winds to a close, I'm packing up my skewer set and heading inside to the broiler. I love using the broiler--it cooks quickly and there's less cleanup than when you use the grill. However, no matter how delectable your rub or marinade, once you sacrifice the real flame in favor of a heating unit, some flavor is going to be lost.
Enter Classic Tzatziki sauce. If you've ever been to a Greek restaurant or sampled a gyro, you've had tzatziki sauce. It's a light and flavorful combination of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, mint, dill, and lemon juice, plus a little salt. I'd always wondered how they made the sauce, so when my girlfriends threw a kabob night in honor of the season premier of Grey's Anatomy, I figured it was worth an attempt.
The sauce, the amazing sauce, is oh-so simple to make. The hardest part is not eating all the shredded cucumber as it dries on paper towels for 30 minutes, to keep the sauce from becoming watery. Then just mix the ingredients and chill before using. I thought we'd spread it on the gyros and be done with it, but we dipped every fruit, vegetable, and pita chip within a five mile radius into the bowl, finally wiping it clean with leftover pita just before the end of the show.
This one's definitely going in my must-make recipe file and I can't wait to try it on other veggies, like maybe a baked potato, and certainly on other types of meat, like maybe a pork tenderloin instead of the chicken we used.
I'm dying to make it with Greek yogurt next time, which I hear is thicker and more flavorful. Anyone ever tried that before?