Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gyro Homemade - Video



I'm talking about the best GYROS (pronounced Y-E-R-O-S) YOU HAVE EVER HAD!
I've made Gyro flavored meats for as long as I remember. 
I have made burgers, meatballs, and skewered them as well.   
But, I say but, I've been looking for a true "Greek Gyro" recipes for quite a while now.  So that being said, IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when my very, very good friend over at Birgit's Daily Bytes posted this amazing recipe!

Homemade Gyros, Restaurant Style



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THANK YOU BIRGIT!
I quickly went over and just about drooled at reading first the ingredients, and then the "EASE" of this recipe!!  I knew, just knew I had to make it... and sure enough, IT'S A WINNER! *ding, ding, ding* 

I will share with you my photos, I followed the recipe exactly and it came out PERFECT!
Next time, and TRUST ME, there will be a next time!!  I will add 1/2lb of ground pork to the mixture...  tis all, OTHERWISE THE TASTE IS PERFECT!

I made 3 Gyros as a taste test tonight for my mom, stepdad and bro.  All 3 gave the sandwiches a total 5 stars and couldn't believe how totally perfect the texture and flavor was!  My stepdad asked me... did you add ground pork.. I hung my head and said "no"... He said no worries, do it next time, because this is amazing! That means THE WORLD TO ME, because he was a culinary chef at one of the colleges in Athen's!  

I used Birgit's 'high tech method', meaning I used my kitchen aid and just let that love of mine do all the work!
Here we go:

Ingredients:
Tzatziki Sauce:

16 Oz container Greek yogurt (plain)
1 medium cucumber
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp mint or dill (I prefer mint)
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste

Directions:
Peel and remove seeds from the cucumber.  You can grate the cucumber by hand or use a mini food processor/silver bullet (much easier).  Strain in a fine sieve and using the back of a spoon, press as much liquid as you can out.  Set aside to continue straining.

In a small bowl, add the remaining of your ingredients except the yogurt.  Pressing as much liquid as you can from the cucumber, add to the ingredients in the bowl, stir.  Add your yogurt and mix well.  Adjust for seasonings.  Cover and place in refrigerator till ready to use.


Gyro
1lb ground lamb
1lb ground beef
1/2lb ground pork *optional*
1/2 cup of bread crumbs (I used plain)
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions: 

Place everything in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment.  Start it off slowly, mix the ingredients together for about 1 minute.  After that, turn it up as high as it will go without your meat flying out.  Birgit says to let it go for 3-5 minutes or until your meat looks emulsified and even.  I always go the full 5 minutes.




See, how this looks for lack of a better word!  The beef and lamb are so tenderized they have become "one"!  PERFECT!!
We then bake in a preheated 350F oven for 45-55 minutes.




I molded it into this long log and placed it on a nonstick baking sheet.
 You should smell my house right now!  I don't know about you, but as for me; when I smell "lamb roasting", I LITERALLY get SHIVERS of DELIGHT down my spine!  




See how much this recipe makes?  You can have AMAZING SANDWICHES all week I say!  Just keep them stored in an airtight container in the fridge!
When you're ready to use, just brown them gently for a second or so, and you're ready to go!


Toast your pita bread in a frying pan using NOTHING but heat.  Flip over after about 30 seconds or so...
Lay your toasted pita on a piece of aluminum foil (this is just for dramatic effect, trust me, it looks so darn pretty, plus it helps to roll the stuffed pita)
Add your tzatziki sauce, sprinkle liberally with feta cheese.
Add your veggies of choice (I added chopped green onion, chopped cucumber and various lettuce leaves), then add the now gently browned meat on top.  Can you totally see HOW PERFECT THIS MEAT IS?  I'm beyond impressed, I'm downright in amazement!  My family thinks I ROCK!  I keep telling my mom and stepdad this recipe is "Birgit's recipe", they just smile; ignore what I just said and call me a genius... <Sigh>
THANK YOU BIRGIT!



Who needs to go out?  The best!!!

Add about 1 tsp or so more of tzatziki sauce, and then finally, add chopped fresh tomatoes...

Not showing; homemade curly fries and of course GREEK SALAD!!  



Enjoy!!

Dishin with Didi

30 comments :

  1. Dadgumit Didi... Wish I were there eatin those Gyros with you... YUM!!! Probably one of my most favorite sandwiches in the world.. ♥
    Gonna have to go borrow your friends recipe! :)

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    1. Borrow, borrow, borrow, Birgit would love NOTHING more for you to make her creations... she's just like me.... SHE LOVES FEEDING PPL!!!

      Kimmie, I so wish we lived closer sweetheart, I would so just call you and FEED YOU!!!!

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    2. I would so just come over & feast with you, and bring the wine! ♥

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  2. You're welcome sweetie! I'm glad you all enjoyed it! And, pork you say ... something else to try next time!
    It sure has become a favorite around here too. Even the kids are all over it! And they're right, you are a genius hehe

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    1. BIRGIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honey, this is THE BEST RECIPE EVER!!!!!!! OMG, the only thing missing is the "spit", and who needs that when the flavour is SO COMPLETELY THERE!!!

      The best, best, best, best, best RECIPE EVER!!! This is identical to a Greek spit Gyro, and that is saying alot sweetheart, cuz you know I'm true, and true Greek!!!

      My family absolutely LOVED, LOVED your recipe!!! Not only is this a keeper, this is a keeper FOR LIFE!!! Best, best ever!!! I can't thank you enough!!!

      Now, to just make "my family" undertand I DIDN'T CREATE THIS!!!

      This ROCKS BIRGIT!!!! OPA!!!!

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  3. Becky Cline Carver posted a link on a page and I figured I would check out your blog... quite interesting :) I am ashamed to say that I have never had or made a Gyro. Yours looks so good I want to run out and buy the ingredients! Even those store bought cupcakes look heavenly!

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  4. Hi Kim!!!! Very nice to meet you!!! :-) So glad you stopped by!!! So, who say's we have to "make everything all the time anyway"?? Why can't we just buy some stuff and create others I say?? ;-)

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I do hope you continue to do so... I tend to ramble you know!! ;-)

    Thank you Becky!!! xoxoxoxo

    Meanwhile, try the Gyro, first I would recommend at a restaurant. If you like it, then def. use Birgit's recipe, CUZ IT ROCKS!!!!
    This is coming from a Greek that came here when she was little... so when I say it rocks, and my mom *think ya ya, say's it rocks*, IT ROCKS!!!

    :-)

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  5. Didi you are a doll! We are so spoiled here! Since I have a gazillion souvlaki joints in my neighbohood, I never went into trouble of making homemade gyro. You gave me a lot to think about my dear friend! It looks absolutely finger licking!

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    1. Thank you Katerina! I sliced the gyro too soon on the video, it was still quite warm. If you wait till it cools thoroughly, you will have perfect slices!

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  6. Wow Didi, you have me drooling here. This is definately something I will make. I never knew that gyro was ground meat, I just assumed it was lamb. And I love tzatziki, so I'm a pretty happy gal right now. I can actually make the whole thing at home, but will most likely end up freezing half or feeding my whole neighborhood. And thanks for the adorable, informational video. You're lookin like a real pro!!!

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    1. Linda, you can place it in your freezer and then when you come home you can reheat a few slices and have the best Gyro!! So easy and the "Mediterranean diet" is the healthiest lifestyle in the world my friend regarding cardiac health!!

      Keep me posted! ♥

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  7. I am defintiely drooling over this one! YUM!

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    1. As you can see so easy Precious and absolutely delicious!! Omit the pita if you want and you have an awesome salad!!

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  8. Yum! This is making me crave summer! We always get gyros when we go to the state fair. I have never tried making them at home, but now I think I am going to! Thank you for sharing :-)

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    1. Jennifer my friend, they are the easiest most amazing gyro!! Seriously!! You make one loaf, let it cool, slice thin and you have enough for dinner and lunches!! The best recipe ever! Birgit is a genius I say!!

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  9. DiDi, Thanks for the recipe. I have been buying the frozen and selling it at the fresh market. I also wanted to buy the spit, but have no place for it. This sounds perfect. I'm going to serve it to my customers next week and see how it goes. The frozen is loaded with all kinds of preservatives. Sagapou DiDi Your the best!!

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    1. Yiasou my friend, "ti kaneis"!! :-)

      I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your customers will absolutely love this!! It will be much more economical for you, and yes, healthier for sure!!

      My advice? Please let the loaf cool thoroughly and then slice it thin! Much more profit, and absolutely amazing taste, I promise you!!

      Thank you and best wishes to future prosperities for you!! Welcome to my blog my Greek friend!!

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  10. Didi, this is the one I'm making for Momma at her request after reviewing everything. lol I don't know when but soon I hope.

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  11. *Picture me screaming from the rooftops* I LOVE YOU!!!
    :)
    This was amazing! Thank you so much!

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    1. Yay!! You are most welcome my friend and enjoy!!

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  12. I just made this.....wow...I wish I was greek!!!

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  13. I just made this...wow....I want to be Greek!!! your awesome!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Russ I am so happy you enjoyed it!! You are Greek, remember? I've adopted you! *wink*

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  14. This is THE best recipe EVER!! I made these, and we both absolutely love them! I'll be making the next batch of Gyro meat within the week or so. It's wonderful to have packages of Gyro frozen, ready to eat whenever we get a hankerin' for a Gyro. The Husband was not aware of how much he liked Gyros. Now he knows! Thank you and your friend for the recipe! We LOVE them!!

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    1. Monica I am so happy that you and your hubby enjoy this recipe! I agree, easy and delicious! Opa

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  15. Thaaaaaank you SO much for sharing this recipe. I was so eager to try it that I gave it a go last night even though I only had ground beef at home. Didn't matter. SOOOO good! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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    1. You are most welcome Tanja! ♥ I am so glad you liked it! I cannot wait for you to try it with lamb!!

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  16. Didi. Girl. This recipe was so YUMAZING!!! I made my meat in the crock pot though because my oven is old and awful. Anyway, i just formed it into a loaf, covered in foil, placed in crock pot and let it cook on low for 6 hours. Easy Peasy! I do have to say that it was difficult for me to find the block feta. My husband said "just get the crumbled." I said "I don't know. For some reason I can hear Didi say listen to your mother. Trust me." Hahaha! Thanks for adopting all of us!

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    1. Hello Gingie and welcome!! LOL on the feta cheese! There really is a difference, I wish you were closer, I would share mine!

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