Remember when I made that bannock taco thanks to my dear friend Fran’s inspiration? Well this time she inspired me to make a donair using her homemade tzatziki sauce that let me do a taste test of my homemade yogurt. She agreed to let me share her recipe with you! This is my version of her version of a recipe she came across from Banff Springs kitchen.
Fran grated half of one English cucumber but I only had an ordinary field cucumber so I peeled it and grated the whole thing.
She had a fantastic idea of using this microwave splatter screen she has to squeeze out the water from the cucumber. I looked everywhere! Nope, nothing like that around here so I just used a clean tea towel to squeeze out the water.
She used the fine part of the grater to grate three cloves of garlic but I minced mine, added some salt and then pressed with my knife until it ended up making a paste.
I divided the cucumber and garlic into two containers since I was taste testing homemade yogurt versus store bought. I got one cup of my homemade yogurt and added it to the mix and did the the same with the store bought.
I added some salt and pepper and a generous tbsp of red wine vinegar to both bowls. I let them sit for quite a few hours before taste testing. It was fascinating! The tzatziki with the store-bought yogurt was much thinner and you could taste each component that went into the sauce. The tzatziki made with the homemade yogurt came together more cohesively and was definitely thicker and tangier.
For me, I just could not wait to make my own donair with it! Here on the east coast they make donairs with a sweet sauce which I find horrendous. Whenever I want one, I have to make it myself. Not only is this tzatziki perfect for donairs (so good Fran!) I also added a thick bottom layer of my homemade hummus and top with donair meat. tomatoes and homemade pickled onions to knock this treat out of the park.
Thanks again for the foodie inspiration Fran! This recipe is a winner. I give it five out of five wooden spoons.