Greek Gyro Meat
I cannot remember where I got these recipes, but they are delcious!
(Yep, it’s this easy! And the taste is savory and so delicious!)
½ pound ground sirloin
½ pound ground lamb
½ cup finely chopped onion
2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
½ tsp. dried ground marjoram
½ tsp. dried ground rosemary
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together, cover and allow to chill in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours. Remove from fridge and blend in food processor for about 1 minute.
Preheat oven to 325°. Form meat into a loaf and put on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It should be a bit dry.
Tzatziki Sauce (Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)
3 cups Greek plain yogurt (you can use regular yogurt; please see Step 1 below)
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 Tbsp.)
1 garlic clove; chopped
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
Step 1: (If using regular plain yogurt); Put yogurt in a fine mesh sieve, allow yogurt to drain for at least 2 hours.
Step 2: After peeling, seeding and chopping cucumbers; place in colander and sprinkle with the 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt. Allow cucumbers to sit for 2-4 hours so that the water is removed from the cucumbers. Pat each piece dry after they are drained from water.
Step 3: In a food processor (using the steel blade), mix together cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, dill and a few grinds of black pepper. Process mixture until well blended and then stir mixture into yogurt. Cover and place in fridge for at least 2 hours. This step is so important. The flavors need to meld together for this time.
INNER CHEF NOTES: The sauce will keep in the fridge for a few days. You will have to drain the sauce each time before use and then stir.
The meat will keep in the fridge for about 3 days; covered tightly.