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Homemade Greek Gyro Sandwich or Dinner

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Greek Gyro at Home

Make Greek Gyro at Home

Photo © N. Gaifyllia, licensed to About.com

The way professionals make gyro on an upright rotisserie is fabulous, but not the most practical for most of us cooking at home. This version uses the same meat (pork) and seasonings, but has been adapted to home cooking. Other popular versions of Greek gyro are made with beef, lamb, or chicken.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds of boneless pork loin, shoulder, or fresh ham
  • white wine vinegar
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  • GREEK GYRO SEASONING MIXTURE
  • 3 tablespoons of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of finely crushed (powdered) Greek oregano (rigani)
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  • FOR PITA WRAP SANDWICHES
  • 6-8 pieces of thin pita bread (not pocket pita)
  • 1/2 cup of tzatziki (see below)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • french fries (optional)
  • olive oil

Preparation:

In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, pepper, and oregano.

Make the Gyro Meat:

Slice the meat against the grain as thinly as possible and pound with a meat mallet to less than 1/4-inch thick. In a flat-bottomed container, arrange one layer of slices, sprinkle liberally with seasoning mixture, then with a little vinegar. Spread the vinegar over the meat so that all pieces are moistened. Add layers, spices, and vinegar until all the meat has been marinated. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2 hour to 2 hours.

Note: If there's any seasoning mix left over, store in an airtight jar and use again for gyro or as a rub for pork souvlaki.

Make the tzatziki and french fries.

Remove meat from the refrigerator and slice into strips about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch wide and 2 to 2 1/2 inches long. Dry fry (without any oil) in a non-stick frying pan until well browned and slightly crisp.

    Alternate cooking methods: Do not cut the meat into strips before cooking. Cook thinly pounded pieces on the grill (or in a roasting pan in the oven) until the edges of the meat begin to crisp, then slice and serve.

Yield: 6-8 large pita wraps, or gyro meat dinner for 6-8

To Make the Gyro Pita Wrap Sandwich: See photos

Brush the pita bread with olive oil and fry in a dry frying pan or grill for a few minutes until warmed and softened, not crisp.

In the center of each pita:

  • spread 1 heaping tablespoon of tzatziki
  • add 2-3 slices of tomato
  • add sliced onion to taste
  • add gyro meat
  • sprinkle with sea salt (to taste) and more sweet paprika
  • top with french fries (optional)

Twist the gyro sandwich in butcher's paper, parchment paper, or wax paper and serve.

To Make a Gyro Dinner:

Serve the gyro meat with french fries, tomato and onion slices, and pita wedges or crusty Greek bread on the side.

Note: This type of gyro can also be made with beef, lamb, or chicken.

User Reviews

 5 out of 5
Make your own bread!, Member Quo_Vadis

Tried this and was amazed by the result. I have family in Greece and regularly travel there and find Gyros a tasty and economical meal. This homemade version captures the original flavour very well. As the menu says - DON'T use pitta bread - make your own flat bread. It takes 30 mins maximum, throw the rolled dough into a dry, hot pan and watch it puff up - tastes great and folds around the gyros meat brilliantly! As to the arguements from some reviewers about meats - I can't remember having any commercially bought Gyros with other than pork. Having said that (whether it is right or not) lamb works a treat!

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