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Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros Recipe

Favorite Meat Loaf Gyros Recipe

I always wanted to learn to make Greek gyros at home, but I was intimidated. Then I tried this recipe, and they were great. I slice leftover meat in individual portions and freeze for any time I crave a gyro.—Sharon Rawlings, Tampa, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • TZATZIKI SAUCE:
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • GYROS:
  • 8 whole pita breads
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 16 slices tomato
  • 8 slices sweet onion, halved

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, garlic, oregano, kosher salt and pepper. Crumble lamb and beef over mixture; mix well.
  • 2. Pat into an ungreased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • 3. For sauce, in a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • 4. Brush pita breads with 1 tablespoon oil; heat on a lightly greased griddle for 1 minute on each side. Keep warm. Cut meat loaf into very thin slices. In a large skillet, fry meat loaf in remaining oil in batches until crisp.
  • 5. On each pita bread, layer the tomato, onion and meat loaf slices; top with some tzatziki sauce. Carefully fold pitas in half. Serve with remaining sauce. Yield: 8 servings.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.