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tcrouzer

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Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 1:08 PM (permalink)
This weekend I tried a new recipe for gyros from a new-to-me Greek cooking site, Tweeton.com. There are many Greek recipes with video instructions on the site and the video for this version of gyros made at home is especially helpful. This recipe makes very thin, oval meat patties that are pan-fried or grilled and they are delicious. The recipe for the tzatziki (yogurt) sauce is also very good. The oval patties fit nicely in a half or whole pita bread wrap along with some thin sliced tomato and onion and the tzatziki.
 
If you like gyros as much as I do, you should give this recipe a try! Looks like I can't add a link, so I'll type the web site:  http://tweeton.com/greek/recipes/gyros.htm
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    joerogo

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    Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 2:26 PM (permalink)
    tcrouzer, Thanks for the link.  I gotta give this a try.
     
    #2
      Scorereader

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      Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 3:39 PM (permalink)
      I made gyro meat-loaf once out of lamb and beef, and a long list of spices. It was a ton of work. Finally concluded that gyros were best out at the "greekery" and I can stick to other, more authentic, greek dishes at home like ´╗┐pastitsio, mousaka, and roast lamb.
       
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        Scorereader

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        Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 4:49 PM (permalink)
        I should add - I love gyros! this thread has made me reconsider Friday night dinner plans!
         
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          tcrouzer

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          Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 5:00 PM (permalink)
          I honestly think the thin oval pattie method is much less work than the meatloaf method - which I thought I would try, but now I don't have too. I'm wondering if small patties about the size of falafels would work as well? You could stuff several of them in your pita pocket and top with the sauce, tomato and onion. The flavor of this meat mixture is excellent! You could even make the patties then slice them into strips if you wanted to be more like Greek take-out. My local place (less than 2 miles away) serves the gyro with sticks of the meat. But at home I don't have to pay $7.00 plus tax and gas for my gyro fix!
           
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            Reaper

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            Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 10:02 PM (permalink)
            Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26
             
            I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.
             
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              CCinNJ

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              Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Thu, 12/2/10 11:46 PM (permalink)
              Reaper


              Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26

              I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.


              Like this?
              http://onebigkitchen.com/?p=151
               
               
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                Reaper

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                Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Fri, 12/3/10 12:25 AM (permalink)
                Yes like that but I used stainless steel instead of wood, and pop riveted it to the spindle, I broke off all of the wires because they were not needed, the welds break easy.
                 

                 
                CCinNJ


                Reaper


                Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26

                I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.


                Like this?
                http://onebigkitchen.com/?p=151



                <message edited by Reaper on Fri, 12/3/10 12:39 AM>
                 
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                  CCinNJ

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                  Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Fri, 12/3/10 12:34 AM (permalink)
                  Reaper


                  I cut off all of the wires and pop riveted on the steel plate

                  CCinNJ


                  Reaper


                  Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26

                  I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.


                  Like this?
                  http://onebigkitchen.com/?p=151




                  Very cool!
                   
                  #9
                    Reaper

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                    Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Fri, 12/3/10 12:44 AM (permalink)
                    Grind the meat with the smallest plate you have, freeze it cut into cubes and grind it again, or skip the freezing and food processor it.
                     
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                      ZekeTheCat

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                      Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Fri, 12/3/10 8:37 AM (permalink)
                      You might try food service distributors in your area for gyro loaf meat. Here in the midwest (Il/In/Oh/ Mi) area , Gordon Food Service (GFS) carries small 2 1/2 lb packages of pre cooked sliced gyro meat in their freezer section - very good and tasty .
                       
                      Gyro recipe and easy to make:
                      http://www.kronosproducts.com/r-gyros10.html
                       
                       
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                        BillyB

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                        Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Fri, 12/3/10 9:10 AM (permalink)
                        I agree zeke, I would rather see the meat be a bit more authentic. The lady in the video did a good job with the Tzatziki sauce, I'm not to sure about the burger idea. I used sour cream or 1/2 yogurt and sour cream in my Tzatziki. They use these burners in Mexico some of the old time street vendors still use a chunk of coal to cook the meat..........Bill
                         
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                          CCinNJ

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                          Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Fri, 12/3/10 12:34 PM (permalink)
                          Reaper


                          Yes like that but I used stainless steel instead of wood, and pop riveted it to the spindle, I broke off all of the wires because they were not needed, the welds break easy.



                          CCinNJ


                          Reaper


                          Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26

                          I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.


                          Like this?
                          http://onebigkitchen.com/?p=151



                          If you run into a jerky gun along the way...you can have some fun!
                           
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                            Reaper

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                            Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Mon, 12/20/10 11:04 PM (permalink)
                            The jerky gun is a better idea than the patties.
                             
                            CCinNJ


                            Reaper


                            Yes like that but I used stainless steel instead of wood, and pop riveted it to the spindle, I broke off all of the wires because they were not needed, the welds break easy.



                            CCinNJ


                            Reaper


                            Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26

                            I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.


                            Like this?
                            http://onebigkitchen.com/?p=151



                            If you run into a jerky gun along the way...you can have some fun!


                             
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                              CCinNJ

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                              Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Mon, 12/20/10 11:47 PM (permalink)
                              Reaper


                              The jerky gun is a better idea than the patties.

                              CCinNJ


                              Reaper


                              Yes like that but I used stainless steel instead of wood, and pop riveted it to the spindle, I broke off all of the wires because they were not needed, the welds break easy.



                              CCinNJ


                              Reaper


                              Another recipe: http://www.mediterranean-..._id=3040&Itemid=26

                              I bought a vertical rotisserie http://www.overstock.com/...rie/410993/product.htm at a yard sale for $5.00, the spit had a basket I guess to hold a chicken? I cut off the basket and cut a 5 inch disk of stainless steel to sit on the hub that was left. It spins a little fast for my liking but it does the job.


                              Like this?
                              http://onebigkitchen.com/?p=151



                              If you run into a jerky gun along the way...you can have some fun!



                              There is a method to this madness. As well as plenty of jerky guns being opened in a few days...just waiting for the next garage sale.
                               
                              #15
                                carlton pierre

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                                Re:Greek Gyros - make your own! Sat, 12/25/10 8:04 AM (permalink)
                                I bought some pre-packaged gyro meat at Jungle Jim's and recall it being pretty good and easy to use.  I don't remember the brand name or anything else about it, and I've not seen it anywhere else.
                                 
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