My Greek Dinner
Homemade Pitas with Chicken Gyros & Tzatziki

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My Greek Dinner

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Ingredients

Pitas
1 cup Water hot, but not boiling
2 & 1/2 tbsp Yeast active dry or instant
3 cups Plain Flour + 1/2 cup for the surface and kneading
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Crystal Sugar
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Salt
2 tbsp Oregano
Chicken Gyros
1 kg Chicken Breast
1 red Paprika
1 red Onion
1/2 big Cucumber
1 tbsp Paprika Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
Tzatziki Sauce
1/2 big Cucumber unpeeled and grated
1 & 1/2 cups Greek Yoghurt full fat
2 Garlic crushed
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp White Vinegair
1 tbsp Dill fresh
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
to taste Black Pepper

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Directions

For this Sunday, because we miss summer and our beautiful vacation in Crete, we decided to indulge ourselves with some easy to make food, that will take us back at the taverna. Yes, I have to admit, there it tastes a little bit better, after a sunny day spent at the beach, but our recipes come very close to the ones that we love so much. And everytime we cook this combination,the roles are somehow divided: I am the pita master and Daniel is the gyros chef, and than we take care together of the tzatziki. So everytime we manage to have everything done to perfection, not only because we cooked this a lot of times, but also because it’s very easy to make and super delicious with little effort. Do you have Greek yogurt, oregano and fresh vegetables? Because that’s all you need to become a Greek Master Chef, just like we like to think about ourselves.

So do you feel ready to start this? We begin with a cold glass of white wine. You have to taste every single flavour, close you eyes and think about the beach. You can feel the sand and the warmth and from a terrace you can smell the oregano and you can almost hear the dough rising. Yes, now you are ready to start cooking Greek food!

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Steps

1
Done

The Chicken Gyros

Cut the chicken breast in small strings. Add all the spices and 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix very well with your hands. Cover with plastic foil and let it rest for 30 minutes. This way it will absorb all the flavours and the taste will be way better. Add two spoons of olive oil in a pan (I used a skillet) and fry until golden brown. Be careful not to make too dry. If it happens, though, cover with a lid and let the chicken rest and steam a little.

2
Done

The Tzatziki

Usually this process should start a day before. So if you do so, place the grated cucumber in the refrigerator and let it drain through a fine mesh sieve. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Before you serve, transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine.

If you don't have time to leave it overnight keep in mind that it needs at least 2-3 hours to combine. So take a cheese cloth and squeeze the grated cucumber as hard as you can. Unwrap it, sprinkle a little bit of salt on it and leave it for 5 more minutes. Put it back in the cloth and drain again. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl and add the dill and the cucumber before you serve.

3
Done

The Pitas

In a large bowl combine the yeast, salt and sugar with the hot water and gently whisk until a little foam appears. Let it rest for 5 minutes. Add the flour cup by cup, mixing in between with your fingers or a mixer with dough hooks attached. I like to knead by hand, so after everything is incorporated take the dough out of the bowl, on a lightly floured surface and start kneading. Add little bits of flour everytime you feel the dough sticky. Don't overload with flour, so you should stop adding it when the dough doesn't stick to your hands, but it feel elastic and fluffy. Knead for 7-8 minutes, form a ball and rub it with one tbsp of olive oil. Place it in a clean bowl and in a warm place and cover with a towel or plastic foil. Let it rise for one hour or until it doubles in volume, as you can see in the third picture.

4
Done

From this big puff of dough I make 8 large pitas, so cut your dough in 8 balls. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough in a oval or round (if you can) shape and preheat your pan with a little drop of oil. Place the pita in the pan, bake until it makes bubbles and the edges a little golden and flip. Bake on the other side until the bubbles are brown. Serve warm.

5
Done

Assembling

We like to put everything on the table and everyone grabs what they want. But if you want to serve your pitas already made, cut the paprika, the onion and the cucumber in slices. Grab a pita, add a big spoon on chicken gyros, add raw vegetables in the middle and top with a big portion of tzatziki sauce. And that's it! Kalí óreksi!

Adriana

I am Adriana and I love food, as you can probably see from what I cook. I like to bake and I like to experiment with new tastes, and my 2016 resolution is to try to cook healthy and special meals every day.

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