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Here is my gyro recipe which has been tried and tested on Greek friends and passed with flying colours!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 lb ground lean beef
  • 1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tbs onion powder
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbs dried chili flakes (Optional)

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Directions

  • Knead together the meat, they have to be very well blended and become one meat.  If you were cooking a meatloaf, this would look extremely over worked, but that is what a gyro needs.  In my mixer, I started off at 1 minute in the low setting then pushed it up to high for 5 full minutes
  • Add the spices and knead together until it looks emulsified, this takes about 1-2 minutes on high in my mixer
  • Scoop out onto plastic wrap and shape.  Pay special attention to packing this very very tightly.  Once I formed the 'log' I wrapped it up and started to pound it against the counter top to get all the air out, this will be important once its cooked so that it slices just like a traditional gyro
  • Keep in fridge for at least 4 hours, I keep mine overnight
  • Cook on Kamado (or oven, if you must) at 375F indirect.  It takes about 50-55 minutes (I flip mine over after 30 mins).  You want to pull it when it hits 165F IT
  • Let it cool and then slice into very thin slices

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Also need

  • Pita bread
  • Tzatziki sauce (I didn't make my own, but there are lots of recipes out there)
  • Cut tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and lettuce
  • Hot sauce

 

To Assemble

  • Warm up pita
  • Spread Tzatziki sauce over pita 
  • Add thinly sliced gyro meat
  • Add toppings and hot sauce to taste
  • Roll up and enjoy!

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This is such a quick and easy recipe that smells and tastes amazing!  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

 

 

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This looks great but I will also have an issue finding ground lamb. Can ground pork or chicken be substituted? Would ground pork have too much fat?

 

I know it would not be traditional but it should still be good.

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Thanks, Rak! My family all loves gyros, so we'll definately give it a shot Might be tough to for me to source ground lamb. Anyone know if Costco has some?

That's going to be my problem also. I did see a nice leg of lamb in the store. Wonder if I could cut 1 lb of meat off that and grind it myself.

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Sounds and looks delicious but where's the Feta cheese?

LOL lots of room to improvise the sammie as you please, but I don't like feta on my gyro, I do like it on my Greek salad though! LOL
I was just curious, everytime I get a Gyro around here it has Feta which I have grown fond of it being on it.

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Looks tasty. Thanks for the recipe.

Sorry Chuck, I just saw this post!  You are very welcome, its about as authentic as they come and my family have been asking me to remake this one...maybe next week :)

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I cooked this recipe tonight rotisserie style. A really fantastic recipe. This was a very easy and successful cook for me. Will definitely do this again in the future. The family loved it.

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Thank you CKreef, a true compliment coming from you :)

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