Homemade Gyro Meat


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Makes 6-8 servings:
1 medium onion, quartered
1 pound ground lamb
1 pound ground beef
4-5 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Equipment: 9 x 5 inch loaf pan
For the Sandwiches:
Pita bread
Onion slices
Tomato slices
Tzaztiki Sauce
Crumbled feta cheese
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, 163 degrees Celsius.
Place the garlic cloves in a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped.
Add onion and puree until smooth.
Add ground beef with all of the spices. Pulse until the mixture becomes like a paste. Scrape down the sides of the bowl in between pulses.
Place the mixture in a loaf pan. Compact it as much as possible.
Bake for 45 minutes till 1 hour.
Allow the pan to cool at room temperature completely. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before removing from the pan.
Remove from pan onto a cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice it thinly. Pour all of the pan juices over the slices along with any of the fat that has gelatinized. It adds so much flavor when heating it up for the sandwiches.
At this point the gyro slices can be placed in a freezer safe bag and frozen for future use.
To make the Gyro sandwiches, place a cast iron pan over medium heat and cook the gyro slices until they are browned on both sides.
Warm the pita bread slightly. Place some chopped lettuce, onion and tomato slices over the pita, the warm gyro slices and tzatziki sauce with crumbled feta. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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maylien says:

Thanks for this recipe! I Love gyro wraps. Do you make your own pita breads? I’m thinking I might use a Naan I make.

Vincenzos Plate says:

this looks amazing. I eat them every Wednesday night after my soccer game but here in Australia they are different

Suzanne Baruch says:

That must smell AMAZING! I’m pretty sure I saw all your neighbors looking in through your windows wondering if they could try some, lol.

13Voodoobilly69 says:

I just stumbled across this. It was great! Thank you so much. I will be making this soon. I love Gyros.

afnaan khan says:

Hi Dimitra. thanks for the recipe. I live in Houston. please tell me what brand of Feta is that and where can I get some. I cant see to find the right feta. thanks.

Mustafa's GamePrism!! says:

Omg is this all gyro slices are? oh my never buying them again. Thanks so much

Phil Kenneth says:

This is fake. You’re not even Greek

NebulaGamer says:

Βρήκα τυχαία το κανάλι σου από το βίντεο σου για τις δίπλες! Κάνεις πολύ ωραία βίντεο! Συγχαρητήρια! Συνέχισε να τους διδάσκεις το σωστό φαγητό, το Ελληνικό!!!

D.L. Sosnik says:

Dimitra, I love you and your recipes, but thinking I may unsubscribe because of all the meat recipes, but especially because of the lamb. Because you seem to be such a gracious and gentle lady, if you were aware of the lamb, “farming” practices, and even worse, the slaughtering techniques, I think you, and many others would give that up as part of your family’s diet. For your consideration, please, and thank-you for all you do.

Chérie Baby says:

ty so much for this

Nelson says:

Make some grilled octopus. Us Portuguese love it 🙂

maylien says:

Is your processor one of the models involved in the big blade recall? Cuisinart. I registered mine Jan 1, 2017

polychronio says:

looks delicious…!!!

Andy Liu says:

Love all your Greek recipes!!! Please make more 🙂

Frank says:

OMG. I have spent so much money on mall gyros. I can’t wait to try your recipe. I will do the 50/50 lamb/beef method because I know that adds flavor. I will definitely let you know how it turns out.

Chris P says:

I’ve never seen gyros made with mince before, only with slow roasted joints of meat. I like the look of this I have to say, definitely one to give a go 🙂

Happy Crafter says:

Yummmm!!! I can’t wait to make this for my family. We recently moved to an area that isn’t very diverse and I really miss delicious Greek food. Thank you so much for making this tutorial!!!

Angela Brown says:

that look good

Candyslim501 says:

Best demo I’ve seen by far! So so simple. Going to try this today along with your tansiki recipe! All the best ✌

Tanya Vav says:

I’m gonna definitely make this. I love gyro meat especially beef and lamb combined. I wish if you get a chance to make chicken gyro meat. Not now. Later!

sunshine2049 says:

Hi Demetria, I am not a fan of lamb, just wondering do you only use Halal meat?

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Malcolm Lewis says:

Will definitely be making this. Waiting for parts to arrive to fix the oven, so My frustration just went up a notch. This could be a good summer meal or weekend lunch.

Pam Cotterman says:

I’m drooling!

Levinia Rolle says:

thank you that is awesome

Pamela says:

I’m a new sub. This video popped up in the recommended video section. OMG my family and I love Greek food especially Gyros. I can’t wait to make this. Now I’ve got to watch your video on Tzikiki sauce!

maylien says:

What is the percentage lean to fat in the ground beef you use?

Sophia M says:

whoa…looks yummy…will definitely try InshaAllah

chumpchanger1 says:

OMG! I’m soo gonna make this. Sorry old favorite gyro place. Thanks again Dimitra!

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Majed Alkayed says:

how come you never make videos of stake recipes? please make one for very well done stake

J Jones says:

Thanks for the the visual. I got a craving for gyros today and after spending most of my adult life in Europe, I needed it to be right. Full disclosure: I didn’t use your recipe. When I cook something new, I read multiple recipes, watch several videos and check user reviews to see what works for me and what doesn’t. Your method is great and the results on video look awesome! I used a few tips from other recipes tonight and mine came out perfect! Gonna bake my own pita bread tomorrow and make some kick ass sandwiches. Great job!

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