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Chicken Kebab Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce

I will have to say that while this dish sounded great, I wasn’t pleased with it.   I may try another recipe along with mods I think will be good.  It sure is healthy!  The Tzatziki sauce (one of my favorites) did turn out pretty good but I think I put a tad too much garlic in it.  Did I say that????

Kebab Ingredients

  • 2lbs of ground chicken (we actually used 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 large handful of fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 large handful of fresh mint finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion grated
  • 1 Serrano chili seeded and minced
  • 1 Tbs of grated ginger
  • 1 Tbs of grated garlic
  • 1 Tbs of garam masala
  • 1 Tbs of paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into large bowl and mix well.  Use your hands for best result. Form large size (oblong) kebab on skewers or into patties (like hamburgers).  If you are planning to eat them in a pita make it more oval-shaped.  Use one or two skewers into each kebab to made it easier to flip them.

Fry them on a flat griddle brushed with a little bit of oil until both sides are cooked through on medium heat.  Gently press down and flatten them so they are like an oblong burger shape if you want to eat them in a pita as a Gyro.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe:

  • 8oz of Greek style plain yogurt or regular plain yogurt that you have strained with a paper towel in a colander to allow all the liquid to drip out.
  • 1/2 an English Cucumber diced finely
  • 1 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1 Tbs of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of fresh dill minced
  • 1 tsp of fresh mint mince
  • 1-2 garlic cloves grated
  • salt to taste.

Mix well and allow to chill in fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.

I served it with a mixed baby green salad and some sliced red onion.  I also warmed the pita bread in the oven.  If you have a wide mouth toaster you can use that.

Cheers!
Gem 

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Lemon Ginger (Simple) Syrup


There are many variations that can be done with this recipe and it is useful in many drinks and dishes.  We like it in our cocktails and as a sweetener for our tea.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic honey
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled, sliced thin
  • few drops of lemon concentrate
  • few drops of lemon juice
Place water in sauce pan and heat just to vigorous steaming, just before boiling then turn town to medium-high.  Stir in brown sugar until dissolved then stir in honey until dissolved.

Drop in ginger and bring liquid to simmer; adjust heat to keep at simmer but not boiling.  Simmer for ten minutes or longer depending on taste you want.

A few minutes before you take it off the heat, add drops of lemon concentrate and juice and mix, allow to come back to simmer for another two minutes.

Take off heat and allow to cool a bit before straining into a jar or bottle tempered with hot water.   Allow to cool then refrigerate.  Should last at least a month or two in the fridge.

The most comforting remedy for nausea and vomiting can be made from these simple, natural ingredients. Ginger is a known natural remedy for nausea. Mix it with hot green tea for a warm soothing drink that will hydrate you and help you feel better.

Variations and tips

  • Use only fresh ginger, not dried or ground
  • Use lemon zest instead of lemon juice, add with ginger
  • Save ginger slices for other uses.  Make sugared by tossing in sugar, brown sugar or raw sugar.  Place in airtight container and put in fridge.
Cheers!
Gem