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Gyros ("yeeros" in Greek) is made with compressed meat,consisting of various cuts of beef that are chopped, minced or ground,then shaped into a cylindrical shape, and roasted on a vertical skewer. This is a good substitute for the commercial gyro.
- 1⁄2 cup dry red wine
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano (rub between your fingers)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 lb flank steak
- 1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
- 4 pita bread rounds
- 3 cups lettuce, chopped
- 1 cup peeled diced and seeded tomato
- 1 cup peeled diced and seeded cucumber
- 1 cup plain yogurt (drained)
- Combine wine, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Cut steak across the grain into slices as thin as possible.
- I use the Chinese trick of putting the meat in the freezer and partially freeze so that it will slice easier.
- Pour wine marinade over meat strips, refrigerate and marinate for at least 1 hour.
- Drain strips.
- Add butter or margarine to saute' pan.
- Add meat, in two batches, and saute' until brown on both sides.
- Remove to serving platter and keep warm.
- Wrap pitas in damp paper towels and microwave until very warm.
- Open one end of each pita to make pocket.
- Set out lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and yogurt.
- Let each person make his own.
- Tips: If you are lucky enough to have a Middle Eastern food store around,ask them for Lebne (pronounced"leeb nee") and use in place of the drained yogurt.
- It is much richer and creamier.
- Or make your own Tzatziki (cucumber, garlic, yogurt dip).