Monday, October 13, 2014

Lamb Gyros With Tzatziki Sauce

This recipe is simply amazing!! I found it over at Joy The Brown Eyed Baker. The lamb is perfectly seasoned and the Tzatziki sauce is wonderful! Thank you Joy!

She used pita bread to wrap her gyros but I have yet to perfect a recipe for gluten-free pita bread. If you have one I would love for you to share it! Instead, I used the Flat Bread or Wraps recipe I posted a while back. The thin wraps work just as well for this recipe.

Ingredients for lamb:

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 of a medium onion finely grated*
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic finely minced*
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon finely chopped*
* You want these ingredients to be as fine as possible, run through a food processor if need be. You want them to become one with the meat. It will also ensure your meat holds together tightly, you will be thinly slicing it later.

Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried dill 

Combine the cucumber and salt in a colander or small bowl and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. This will draw out the excess water. Remove the cucumber and place on paper towels and pat dry. 

Add the cucumber to a medium sized bowl and stir in the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill. Place in the fridge for a few hours for best flavor.

In a mixing bowl, combine the lamb with the remaining ingredients and work together well with your hands. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for an hour or so. The longer it sits the better it will taste. Overnight is best if you have the time.

Preheat your oven to 300F.
Place the lamb mixture on a baking sheet or in a baking dish and form it into a loaf roughly 8x5 inches. 

Bake for 30-35 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear. Remove the lamb and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes. If you try to slice it too soon in will fall apart and be impossible to thinly slice. 

I wish you could smell this lamb!!

Line a large baking sheet with foil.
Preheat your broiler and move your oven rack up to it's highest position. Thinly slice the lamb with a very sharp knife and place it on the baking sheet. 

Place the sheet under the broiler until the meat is nicely browned around the edges. 

In the mean time, place your wraps on a sheet of waxed paper and fold it around the wraps to seal in moisture. Slowly heat in the microwave, try not to dry them out. Leave them in the waxed paper and wrap in a towel to keep warm.

To serve the Gyros, place some the lamb and Tzatziki sauce in the center of one of the heated wraps. If you like, add some fresh veggies as well, then fold or roll up. 

I hope you like this recipe! I am very happy that I stumbled upon it!

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