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Outstanding! The meat had a perfect gyro flavor. I followed the ingredient list from this recipe but used Alton Brown's methods which included throwing everything into the food processor and grinding until the meat formed a fine paste. Then I pressed the meat into a loaf pan and baked in a water bath at 325F until the meat reached an internal temp of 165F (about 90 minutes). I believe this method was why the meat was easy to slice thinly. I didn't try your tzatsiki so I can't comment on that. I'll use this recipe again though! Thanks for posting!
I made this today with all angus beef-1/2 chuck and 1/2 sirloin. I think the flavor was really good but to get it closer I will use the lamb next time. I don't think of myself as a "lamb eater" since gyro's are the only time I will knowingly eat it:lol: I doubled up the oregano since I used fresh and subbed fresh ground nutmeg for the allspice. I did buy a 7 oz container of Greek yogurt for the sauce which flavorwise is almost 1/2way there before you even add the other ingredients! Found it with the regular yogurt in the Harris Teeter chain in NC. I used 1/2 of a large English cuke (the ones wrapped in plastic) both skin and the few seeds included grated on a medium side of my grater. Used cheesecloth to squeeze out the water. Used double the amount of fresh parsley and fresh dill. Squeeze of lemon juice, pinch of dried crumbled mint and a pinch of sugar. Letting it sit covered in the fridge for a few hours is super important so everything blends together flavorwise. Will keep making this one--I'll even buy lamb for this one only:)
Our favorite gyro place just closed too and I all but begged for the recipe and got nothing. So, I vowed to search out a recipe to make on our own. Well this was my first attempt and it was a good one. This recipe is very different than what we are used to, but still really wonderful! I did use 1/2 beef and 1/2 buffalo because I couldn't find ground lamb. Next time I will search out the lamb. I love this recipe because it is simple (others I saw were a bit more detailed). I also think that the spices could be adjusted to your liking and other spices could be added. In another recipe I saw that they put 2 lbs. of weight on the meat after it was out of the oven to further compact the meat. I did do that, but am not convinced that it did much. Anyway, it still cut up pretty easily and thin. I sauted onions and green peppers and once they were soft I added some of the meat and fried it up too. The meat looked so good and crispy- yum! We served it on toasted pita bread with the your sauce of top, which by the way was fabulous, I wouldn't change it a bit! Thanks!
Tastes great. No problem slicing, but then I allowed it to cool to about lukewarm first. Even better prepared the day before and then chilled. Made excellent gyros and sandwiches!
I made this with all lean ground beef. I used the tips found in the following website & processed the meat while cold in the food processo & baked in a water bath with excellent results. The tzatziki sauce was excellent (even without the cucumber, which I can't wait to make with the cucumber, just didn't have it).<br/>Served with lettuce, onions, feta cheese & pita bread.<br/>It's really worth checking out the website I mentioned (especially the broiling of the meat) to get that authentic gyro! http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/06/greek-american-lamb-gyros-homemade-from-scratch-the-food-lab.html
I don't care for lamb, so rating this on my husband's review. I used half ground lamb, half ground beef, and followed the Alton Brown method, as did some other reviewers, of grinding the meats in the food processor, baking in a water bath, and pressing after cooking. Still had some trouble slicing this thin, but maybe needed more time in the food processor before cooking. Served this in pitas with store bought tsatziki and crumbled goat cheese.
The flavors in this were spot on. But we weren't happy with the texture. I used ground turkey since we never really eat ground beef and maybe there just wasn't enough fat. Also it was hard to slice without it crumbling.
I made the tzatsiki sauce and I'm in love. I doubled the amount of dill because I couldn't get fresh, but the parsley gave it that fresh taste. Also I used greek yogurt, AMAZING. I don't have to go to my favorite greek place anymore. I can make it myself and its better!! =D
Really good & so easy to make. My only thing is that it's denser than the restaurant gyro and so it's pretty hard to cut thin. Don't get me wrong, it has a pretty authentic taste but you need very little in your gyro since it's so thick. I didn't try making the Tsatziki sauce since Costco sells an authentic one for a great price.
Great recipe. Really rich so slice thin :)