Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro

Greek Yogurt Sauce for GyroI designed this recipe for a Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro sandwich. I didn’t want this sauce to have too much going on with the flavors and textures, but to add a herbal element with a creamy slight tang to compliment the Homemade Gyro MeatGreek Salad Recipe on a Homemade Pita Beer Bread. Let me explain how I created this recipe.

Researching many Greek recipes, I didn’t want this sauce to imitate a tzatziki sauce, rather have some of the herbal elements along with the slight tang from the yogurt and the addition of lemon juice and zest.  Leaving out the grated cucumber left the sauce with the right amount of flavor, without being to heavy. Since this Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro was also going to be accompanied with a Greek salad, that has cucumbers, tomatoes, fennel, red onions and tossed in its own beer vinaigrette, this sauce needed to be able to stand up to the bold flavors, while having that Mediterranean Beer Cuisine sophistication.

To give this recipe its base, using a high quality yogurt is key. I am a huge fan of Straus Family Creamery. They make an organic Greek style, whole milk, plain yogurt that is very special. The texture is very thick, due to their blend of bacteria that set the milk as it is cultured. Their list of ingredients show a different vision: pasteurized organic whole milk, organic sweet cream buttermilk, living yogurt cultures: l. acidophilus, l. bulgaricus, s. thermophilus, and bifidobacterium lactis. Using a ultra rich product like this sets a stage for this sauce. To make it even thicker, you can take a fine sieve, placed over a bowl and add the yogurt to it, placed into the refrigerator over night to strain, leaving behind some of the whey, making an almost yogurt cheese.

Greek Yogurt Sauce for GyroTo add a touch of unami and garlic, I use my White Miso Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise, that when combined with the Greek yogurt creates the perfect texture and right amount of richness. The sauce is further enhanced with herbal notes from Italian leaf parsley, mint, fennel fond, along with an extra clove of minced garlic.

To modify the tang, I also add lemon juice and the zest, with some fruity extra virgin olive oil, some salt and freshly cracked black pepper.  When all blended together, the results are perfect when added to a The Ultimate Gyro Sandwich, used as a dip for a vegetable crudités platter or as a salad dressing.

 

 

Serves: 8 guests

 

 

Adapted from BeerAdvocate Magazine: Cuisine à la Bière | Jul 2014 | Issue #90

Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro
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This Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro is scented with parsley, mint, fennel fond, lemon and garlic, while being rich and creamy from Greek style yogurt and White Miso Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise.
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cup 5 minute
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1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cup 5 minute
Passive Time
1 hour
Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro
Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro
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This Greek Yogurt Sauce for Gyro is scented with parsley, mint, fennel fond, lemon and garlic, while being rich and creamy from Greek style yogurt and White Miso Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise.
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cup 5 minute
Passive Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cup 5 minute
Passive Time
1 hour
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Instructions
  • In a bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt along with White Miso Malt Vinegar Mayonnaise, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, mint, fennel frond, salt and pepper. This sauce can be made in advance and will keep in the refrigerator up to seven days.
  • Alternatively, to make a thicker sauce, strain the yogurt (any variety) before mixing in the other ingredients. Start by placing a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Add the yogurt, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1–6 hours. The longer it sits, the more whey will drip into the bowl, turning the slightly runny yogurt into a yogurt-like cheese.
Recipe Notes

The Ultimate Gyro Sandwich

 

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