Gyro Meat Recipe
Adapted from J. Kenji López-Alt's recipe via Serious Eats. To assemble gyros, you'll need pita bread, tzatziki sauce, thinly sliced onion and chopped tomato.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
- 1 pound ground lamb or 85% lean ground beef
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 onion cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 clove garlic sliced
- 3 ounces bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
To a medium bowl add lamb, salt, pepper, oregano and cumin. Mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 300˚F.
Add onion and garlic to the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times to mince; scrape down sides with a rubber spatula. Add lamb mixture and bacon pieces; process to a smooth puree, scraping down sides as necessary.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Transfer meat mixture to center. Wet hands and form meat into a rectangle, approximately 8-inches long, 5-inches wide and 1 1/2-inches high.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes until an instant read thermometer reads 155˚F. Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
Adjust oven rack to highest position and preheat broiler. Line baking sheet with foil.
Transfer loaf to a cutting board and carefully slice crosswise into 1/8-inch thick slices. Arrange slices on prepared baking sheet, leaving a little room between each one. Broil 2 minutes, until slices are hot and edges are crispy. Remove from oven and tent with foil.
Serving Suggestion: Warm pita bread and spread with a thick layer of tzatziki sauce, pile on gyro meat slices and top with thinly sliced onion and chopped tomato.
- Note that nutrition information does not include pita or toppings.
- An easy way to warm pita bread is to broil on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 seconds per side.
Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1372mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg