We had Greek pitas tonight, one of our favorites. When my Mom came to visit a few weeks ago, she brought me some of my favorite marinade, Lemon Garlic from Wegmans. If you aren’t from the Upstate NY area, you may not know about Wonderful Wegmans – and if that is the case – I am sorry for you! Wegmans is pretty much the best place in the world. It is a grocery store, but SO much more. They have a dry cleaner, a video store, photo lab, pharmacy, pizza shop, Chinese restaurant, Olive Bar, Chese Bar, sub shop, the most amazing bakery ever (nothing like a “grocery store bakery”, but more along the lines of a fine bakery you would drive miles to get to). My Mom told me they have even added a spot where you can get your makeup done or a massage. It is a beautiful store and they are great to their employees. I can’t even tell you what the level of my excitement would be if Wegmans came to NC. I keep my fingers crossed all the time. So, when family comes to visit, Kara and I put together a list of things we need from Wegmans, and my list this time included this marinade!
My Dad always used this marinade with chicken and it was the best. Ross came home from the grocery store yesterday with a pork tenderloin and suggested putting the marinade on that. I spotted feta and yogurt in the car and got really excited… we were going to have pitas! We marinated and grilled the pork. Ross made Tzatziki sauce, a Greek yogurt based sauce that is so delicious, either as a dressing or just as a dip with pitas. Kara used to work in a Greek restaurant and I was introduced to this sauce then. Ross found this recipe for it http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_15500,00.html which tastes very authentic and it’s great. Make sure you either use Greek yogurt or buy regular yogurt and drain the water out either through a cheesecloth or through a coffee filter covered strainer. We do the same with the cucumber, shred it and chop it and drain all of the water out of it. The sauce is a MILLION times better without all of the water in it. Emeril’s essence recipe is listed, which is great, but if you don’t feel like making that just sprinkle in some of the spices. Put the meat in the pitas, top with Tzatziki and crumbled feta, lettuce, tomatoes and onion and you will have a delicious, healthy meal!