Homemade Gyros and Whole Wheat Pitas

Okay,  so I like gyros as much as the next person, but let’s face it  your local Gyro stand is not the healthiest place to find a gyro. Not to say that gyro’s are the healthiest food to eat, but  there are changes you can make to the recipe to make you feel a little less guilty about having one. So Mr. Pea  found a recipe  he wanted to try  for making homemade gyros, and since we are on this health kick  I said only if you can make them the healthiest they can be,  so he did! I couldn’t believe  how good they were, much more flavorful a juicy  then your ordinary gyro.  So forget the gyro stand next time, you will thank me  later.

Check it out!



Whole Wheat Pitas: I will have to update this post  with that recipe I can’t find the one he uses.

Tatziki sauce:
16 Ounce(s) yogurt
1 peeled, seeded, finely chopped cucumber
4 cloves finely minced garlic
1 Tablespoon(s) olive oil
2 Teaspoon(s) red wine vinegar
5 mint leaves
1 Pinch(s) salt

You can use Greek Yoghurt instead of regular yogurt and then you can skip the next step.

If using regular yogurt: Place the yogurt in a tea towel, gather up the edges, suspend over a bowl, and drain for 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Place the chopped cucumber in a tea towel and squeeze to remove the liquid; discard liquid. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the drained yogurt, cucumber, salt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and mint. Serve as a sauce for gyros. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.

Yields 1 1/2 cups

Gyro Meat:
1 medium, finely chopped white onion
2 Pound(s) ground lamb
1 Tablespoon(s) finely minced garlic
1 Tablespoon(s) dried marjoram
1 Tablespoon(s) dried ground rosemary
2 Teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 Teaspoon(s) green bell pepper

Process the onion in a food processor for 10 to 15 seconds and turn out into the center of a tea towel. Gather up the ends of the towel and squeeze until almost all of the juice is removed. Discard juice.

Return the onion to the food processor and add the lamb, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, salt, and pepper and process until it is a fine paste, approximately 1 minute. Stop the processor as needed to scrape down sides of bowl.

To cook in the oven as a meatloaf, proceed as follows:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Place the mixture into a loaf pan, making sure to press into the sides of the pan. Place the loaf pan into a water bath and bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until the mixture reaches 165 to 170 degrees F. Remove from the oven and drain off any fat. Place the loaf pan on a cooling rack and place a brick wrapped in aluminum foil directly on the surface of the meat and allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees F. Slice and serve on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, chopped onion, tomatoes and feta cheese.

To cook on a rotisserie, proceed as follows:

Form the meat mixture into a loaf shape and place on top of 2 overlapping pieces of plastic wrap that are at least 18 inches long. Roll the mixture in the plastic wrap tightly, making sure to remove any air pockets. Once the meat is completely rolled in the wrap, twist the ends of the plastic wrap until the surface of the wrap is tight. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to overnight, to allow the mixture to firm up.

Preheat the grill to high.

Place the meat onto the rotisserie skewer. Place a double-thick piece of aluminum foil folded into a tray directly under the meat to catch any drippings. Cook on high for 15 minutes. Decrease the heat to medium and continue to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees F. Turn off the heat and allow to continue to spin for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 175 degrees. Slice and serve on pita bread with tzatziki sauce, chopped onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese.