Monday, May 14, 2012

A (new) Family Dinner!

As many of you know, KT made the big move to Minnesota this March.  It was a tough transition for the mother/daughter cooking duo, but luckily Pam was able to come visit KT in April!  It was an amazing visit - full of theatre, iced coffee, and exploring (what more do you need, really?!).  Pam was also introduced to KT's new Minnesota theatre family.
We're not related or anything...nope...not us!
KT was pretty busy on the last full day of Pam's visit doing 2 shows with a rehearsal in between, but we still found time to have an amazing Friday night Family Dinner with her roomies before the evening show.  We love cooking and sharing with family, so we decided to make a SUPER special meal of SUPER Gyros complete with homemade Tatziki Sauce for our new family members!
First to be made was the sauce so that the flavors could marinate for a while.  We prepared this in between the matinee and the rehearsal (aaah the life of an actress...).

1 Medium Cucumber, peeled and shredded
8 oz. Vegan Souc Cream
1 Clove or 1 tsp Garlic, grated
1 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
2 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Fresh Mint, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Add all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.  Refrigerate.
*Make sure to squeeze the shredded cucumber out in a paper towel or clean kitchen towel  before adding in order to remove excess moisture*
Next up was the Gyro "Meat."

2 8 oz. packages of Seitan strips.  Feel free to cut the larger strips in half!
1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced
2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 and 1/2 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Saute the onion until it begins to slump, and then add the minced garlic. Stir and let cook for an additional minute. Add the seitan and let cook until it begins to brown.  Combine the seasonings and sprinkle over the cooking seitan. Continue to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
We don't like to toot our own horns, but we put together quite the SUPER spread!!  We served the Super Gyros in warm pita bread with fresh lettuce, tomato, pepperocinis, and of course the delicious Tatziki sauce!
On the side we had chips and kalamata olive hummus for dipping!  It was a meal fit for a Super Hero...or just 3 starving artists....
Carolyn, Gary, and KT!  The Southside Family!
The Super Gyros were a huge hit!  But the even huger hit was dessert...we served the newest family members our famous Mozart Ball Cupcakes.  We think they liked them.

Thanks for an awesome visit, Mama!!  Until next time!

Peace, Love, and Pillars,
Pam and KT

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