Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gyros and Dairy Free Tzatziki Sauce

Original recipe at A Good Appetite. Borrowed with permission...

Here's my slightly altered version:

Gyro Meat
(picture shows half recipe)
1 med onion, chopped
2 lbs ground pork
1 T garlic, finely minced
1 T dried marjoram
1 T dried ground rosemary
2 t sea salt
1/2 t freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 325. Process the onion in a food processor for 10 to 15 seconds. Put it into a paper towel and squeeze out as much juice as you can. Add the onion and remaining ingredients into Kitchen Aid stand mixer (or use a food processor) and blend until a fine paste is formed. Place the mixture into a loaf pan, spreading it into all the corners. Put the pan into a water bath & bake until the mixture reaches between 165 & 170, should be about an hour. Remove from the oven & drain off any excess fat. Place a brick covered in foil on top of the meat (we used another loaf pan filled with canned goods for weight) and let sit for 15 - 20 minutes [I didn't need to do this when using just half the recipe]. Slice and serve on pita with tzatziki sauce (below), onions & tomatoes.

You can also cook this on a rotisserie. See Alton Brown's recipe for details on that.

Dairy Free Tzatziki Sauce

12 oz Tofutti Sour Supreme (sour cream)
1 med cucumber, peeled, seeded & finely chopped
pinch sea salt
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 T olive oil
2 t red wine vinegar
5 to 6 mint leaves, finely minced (I used about 1 tsp dried crushed leaves)

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Can be stored up to a week in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tilapia with Lemon Dijon Cream (Dairy Free)

Original Recipe from What's for Dinner?. Used with permission...

6 Tilapia filets

Combine in a bowl...

1 C Tofutti sour cream
2T Dijon mustard
1t lemon juice
1t lemon pepper
1t italian herbs

(I always have trouble with fish breaking in a skillet... but the taste is great. ) Heat 2 T oil in a large skillet and cook fish until flaky. Pour dijon cream evenly over fish, cover and reduce to low heat. Simmer 1 minute or until sauce is hot. Serve fish and sauce over noodles.

Note to self: Next time try cooking in the oven 450 for about 10 minutes... pour dijon cream over and heat for another minute or two. Hopefully this will help keep the fish in tact! :) Also, thin out the sauce a little (personal preference).