Recipe: Homemade Gyros and Tzatziki

Homemade Gyros and Tzatziki
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Stuart Reb Donald
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 10 mins
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 TBL Greek seasoning
  • 1 TBL chopped parsley
  • 2 TBL olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 6-8 pita breads
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, grated or finely diced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  1. In a large bowl combine beef, lamb, egg, half the onion (grated), garlic, olive oil Greek seasoning, parsley and the zest of the lemon. Mix thoroughly and place into a standard loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70 minutes for well done, 60 for medium well and 45-50 for medium.
  2. In a smaller bowl combine the sour cream, yogurt, juice of half the lemon and salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. In a hot skillet briefly toast the pita bread until warm and pliable. Slice the meat loaf and place into a pita. Dress with tzatziki, diced tomato and slices of the remaining half onion. Sprinkle with feta then fold and eat.

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