That’s right, that is not Italian ;) but rather Greek!
I have never had any greek food before coming to the US. I know it’s unbelievable, but I think Italians are too fond of their cooking traditions and they are reluctant to open to other cultures.
The first time I had a gyro it was a blast! But the meat for the gyro is too complicated to make so I have never attempted to make it myself.
Even if a little discouraged by the gyro I kept looking for greek recipes and eventually I tried to make souvlaki accompanied by some pita bread and tzatziki. That was a very rewarding meal, needless to say I made it over and over again :)
I have been posting quite a number of Italian recipes, that is because those are the ones I make more often. But I do have a taste for foreign food, so you will see Indian, Thai, German, French… well Nutella Crepes were half Italian and half French ;) and many many more!
- 1 cucumber
- 7 oz whole milk greek yogurt (200 gr)
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional dill or oregano
Wash and peel the cucumber (picture 1). Grate the cucumber on the larger holes of a vegetable/cheese grater (picture 2).
Put the grated cucumber in a colander and press to strain the liquid off.
Pour the yogurt in a bowl, add the olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper and stir well. Add the cucumber and stir well. Finally add the optional dill or oregano.
Serve with some pita bread or as a side for your souvlaki.