Gyros Recipe

Are differences a blessing or a curse? Life’s full of questions that has no answers, yet it’s worth exploring. Much like deciding kebab or gyros is better.

It’s hard to hang the coat of reality on any of those pegs, as without differences our Universe wouldn’t even exist. As new theories suggest, our Universe is just an inflated balloon in the bottom of a Black Hole.

Without that little bump, the space-time continuum that we call home today, wouldn’t be stretched out so beautifully on our night sky. Not like we would care as without this stretch that we call Big Bang, our life would be something like sardines have in a tin box.

What makes the difference?

So, differences in our Universe definitely played to our advantage. Not to mention the differences that we have, compared to anything else living on our little Planet. Without differences that our body is armed up with, those who have the sharpest teeth would rule this world.

Sharping our mind took a couple of rough years though that made their marks on us. We are in a Brave New World, yet part of our mind is still clinging to tribal customs and non-existent threats, influences our everyday decisions.

The differences that give us the edge over the other species on this planet seems to cause our bane too. The fact that we can’t grasp the concept of living in harmony, not only harmful to the living creatures in our nearest proximity, but for ourselves too.

Can we live without differences?

Living in harmony doesn’t imply that we live in peace though, as any living creatures outside of the city walls can illustrate. It just means that we don’t take more than we need to.

That seems completely opposite to the society we have been living in nowadays which probably means that in one way or the other we need to give some of that we think we own back.

Is there life beyond difference?

This sounds like an extremely painful process though. Humans don’t really like to part of their belongings, especially not for something that they can’t later trade for something else, like food, clothes or gadgets.

Yet if we don’t want raccoons and foxes magically turn into humans and move them into big cities, we have to make concessions. We have to embrace our differences and build upon it, extending it to be our collective future or face the possibility of sailing into the golden oblivion.

What’s the difference between Kebab and Gyros?

The difference between kebab and gyros basically lies along the fine line that is poured over them, called tzatziki sauce, when served. If we really want to dig into these things, then we could say that one is made of beef or veal while the other is made of chicken or pork. Then we could go on the type of herbs and spices that were used to season the meat but in reality gyros -where the “s” is not the sign of plural but the belongs to the word itself meaning simply “round” in Greek- is simply a type of kebab.

When kebab took root in Greece, people there thought to give it a national twist -as it happens to any food, reaching the shores of a new country- and poured tzatziki over it, so gyros was born.

Gyros can be filled into pita breads, given that we can make the bread open properly or simply wrapped in one. Also, if we happen to have gyros in a restaurant with tables and chairs, we can ask gyros without the pita bread which gives us a nice gluten free and low carb option too.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Gyros meat

  • 2 lb /1 kg Meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken)
  • 1 Onion or red onion (finely cut)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (finely cut)
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika (optional)
  • Optional herbs: (use only two at a time)
    • 2 teaspoons Oregano
    • 2 teaspoons Rosemary
    • 2 teaspoons Thyme
    • 2 teaspoons Cumin
    • 2 teaspoons Marjoram

Serving gyros

  • Tzatziki sauce (Check out how to make Tzatziki sauce @Low Carb Condiments)
    • 1 Cucumber
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 2 cup / 500ml Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • Optional:
      • Dill or Mint or Parsley
      • Lemon juice
  • Pita (store bought, pan or oven made)
  • Lettuce, onion, tomato and optional hot sauce

How to make Gyros

Gyros meat – Beginner method

  1. We need to have stripes of meat for this, so slice then stripe the meat up.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Place the stripes of meat into a big enough bowl.
  3. Sprinkle one half of the herbs and spices we will use onto the meat.
  4. Put a lid or a big enough plate onto the bowl and give it a good shake. Alternatively just mix everything together with either by hand or a sturdy kitchen tool.
  5. Sprinkle the second batch of spice and herbs onto the meat then mix / shake everything until the every piece of meat is evenly covered. Adding a half cup of cooking oil will help making this a smoother experience.
  6. It’s recommended to place the meat in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to marinate but in case of emergency we can start roasting it immediately.
  7. Sear the stripes of meat with little oil in our favorite pan. We can also make them on a grill.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

Gyros meat – Advanced method

  1. Ground the meat. We can use one type of meat or a mixture of any meat we like but the more fat the meat has, the juicier and tastier it will be.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  2. Ground or finely chop all the spices, herbs and vegetables that will be used. Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom A food processor can be a great help with this task. Add some vegetable oil in the food processor if it can’t cope with the small amount of stuff in it.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  4. Fill the mixture into a baking tray that will provide at least 1″ / 2.5 cm tall meat slices at the end. A bread loaf tin is excellent for this, but if we feel artistic, we can even sculpt a loaf of meat on a baking sheet just like we do with a meatloaf.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  5. Place the filled tray into a preheated 350°F / 180°C oven until the inner temperature reaches the necessary level (pork 145°F / 63°C) for about 60 minutes.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
  6. Take the meat out, let it cool down a bit then slice it up thinly.Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

Serving Gyros

  1. Gyros meat can be served on it’s own with a bit of salad but it truly shines through some tzatziki sauce and pita bread.
  2. Make tzatziki sauce by mixing Geek yogurt with grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, dill and some salt. Check out how to make Tzatziki sauce in the Low carb condiment section.
  3. Fill the meat into a store bought or even better homemade pita bread. Nothing compares to some freshly made pita bread!

Enjoy!

Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

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Gyros Recipe

Are differences a blessing or a curse? Life's full of questions that has no answers, yet it's worth exploring. Much like deciding kebab or gyros is better.
Course Main Course, Meal
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Keto, Low carb recipe, Mediterranean, Sugar free recipe
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author SunCakeMom

Ingredients

Gyros meat
  • 2 lb /1 kg Meat beef, pork, lamb, chicken
  • 1 Onion or red onion finely cut
  • 6 cloves Garlic finely cut
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika optional
  • Optional herbs: use only two at a time
  • 2 teaspoons Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons Thyme
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Marjoram
Serving gyros
    Tzatziki sauce
    • 1 Cucumber
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 2 cup / 500ml Greek yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • Optional:
    • Dill or Mint or Parsley
    • Lemon juice
    Pita
    • Lettuce onion, tomato and optional hot sauce

    Instructions

    Gyros meat - Beginner method

    • We need to have stripes of meat for this, so slice then stripe the meat up.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Place the stripes of meat into a big enough bowl.
    • Sprinkle one half of the herbs and spices we will use onto the meat.
    • Put a lid or a big enough plate onto the bowl and give it a good shake. Alternatively just mix everything together with either by hand or a sturdy kitchen tool.
    • Sprinkle the second batch of spice and herbs onto the meat then mix / shake everything until the every piece of meat is evenly covered. Adding a half cup of cooking oil will help making this a smoother experience.
    • It's recommended to place the meat in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to marinate but in case of emergency we can start roasting it immediately.
    • Sear the stripes of meat with little oil in our favorite pan. We can also make them on a grill.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

    Gyros meat - Advanced method

    • Ground the meat. We can use one type of meat or a mixture of any meat we like but the more fat the meat has, the juicier and tastier it will be.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Ground or finely chop all the spices, herbs and vegetables that will be used. A food processor can be a great help with this task. Add some vegetable oil in the food processor if it can't cope with the small amount of stuff in it.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Mix all the ingredients together.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Fill the mixture into a baking tray that will provide at least 1" / 2.5 cm tall meat slices at the end. A bread loaf tin is excellent for this, but if we feel artistic, we can even sculpt a loaf of meat on a baking sheet just like we do with a meatloaf.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Place the filled tray into a preheated 350°F / 180°C oven until the inner temperature reaches the necessary level (pork 145°F / 63°C) for about 60 minutes.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom
    • Take the meat out, let it cool down a bit then slice it up thinly.
      Gyros meat recipe - SunCakeMom

    Serving Gyros

    • Gyros meat can be served on it's own with a bit of salad but it truly shines through some tzatziki sauce and pita bread.
    • Make tzatziki sauce by mixing Geek yogurt with grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, dill and some salt. Check out how to make Tzatziki sauce in the Low carb condiment section.
    • Fill the meat into a store bought or even better homemade pita bread. Nothing compares to some freshly made pita bread!

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