25 July 2014

Recipe; Greek Gyros


Well the sun is out, and I wanted to cook something that matches the heat!  There's nothing better then eating delicious food outside when it's warm, so when I was contacted by Villa Plus to take part in a food competition there was no way I was going to say no!  I was given the Island of Kefalonia as inspiration and it didn't take me long to decide what I was going to make.  Gyros is a really tasty Greek street food that is a favourite with my family when we've been to Greece, so I thought I would give it a go!

Ingredients (to feed 4 people 2 gyros each)

For the meat
1 pound of minced lamb
1/2 onion
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
origano, chile flakes, coriander and paprika to taste.
salt and peper

For the Tzatziki
Cucumber, chopped into cubes
1 cup of greek yogurt greek yogurt
1 garlic clove
2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of dill

To Serve
Plain wraps
3 peppers cut into strips
2 onions cut into strips

All this comes to only £2.35 per person, bargain!


First up, blend all the ingredients for the meat until fairly smooth.  Then, moisten your hands and begin compacting it into a ball shape, trying to get rid of any cracks.


Then, shape into a loaf and place in the oven.  Cook at 300 degrees F for 30- 35 minuets, then take out and leave to rest for another 10.


While you are waiting you can make a start cutting up the vegetables to go into the wrap.  I like to use different coloured peppers to jazz it up and put me in a summery mood!


The Tzatziki is really simple, just mix all the ingredients together!  I made lots to go inside and on the side as a dip because it is my favourite part, really refreshing! Yum!


Next, carve the lamb loaf as thin as you can.  Then lay on a baking tray and put under the grill for around 5 minuets or until they go slightly crispy on top.

To serve simply place the meat, and veg into a wrap, cover in Tzatziki and serve while it's still hot for a perfect summer treat!

So what do you think, would you give it a try?  Would you like to see me do more recipes?  Drop me a comment and let me know!

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