Thursday, April 17, 2014

Homemade Greek Gyros

Delicious homemade Greek gyros
There's actually an entire street in Brussels called Pita Alley where you can buy endless amounts of Greek gyros for about about 3.50 Euros a piece. They're pretty simple, generally a combination of lamb and/or beef, Greek coleslaw, and seasonings. Living in America without cheap shaved lamb, makes cooking true Greek gyros difficult, however I think this recipe outlines a perfect plan of attack no matter what products you have access to. Perhaps in some of the larger American cities you can obtain lamb much easier, so please feel free to substitute. My other problem is the coleslaw; I don't like coleslaw in America or in Europe and despite this compromise which makes this recipe slightly less authentic, I still feel the general tastes are there. After all, this is my blog, and these are my gyros. You can always use sliced cabbage in place of lettuce shreds if you prefer.

Here's what you need:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 lb shaved beef or lamb (Steak-Ums also work in a pinch)
  • 1/3 cup of mayonnaise.
  • 1 small container of feta cheese.
  • 1 small bag of lettuce shreds.
  • 1 diced tomato
  • Pita breads.
  • Seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon paprika

    • 1 teaspoon garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
    • pinch of cayenne
    • pinch of pepper
  • A bit of olive oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
A lettuce version of coleslaw.
Method:
  1. Grill sliced onions in a bit of olive oil, then set aside.
  2. Grill meat adding the seasoning, combining onions near their finish.
  3. In a bowl add shreds, mayo, tomato, feta cheese, garlic powder and a bit of pepper. Mix.
  4. Warm and open pita breads. Tong in generous amounts of meat and top with salad.