Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vegan Gyros!

(First quick shout out to @gardein and @So_Delicious !!)

Gyro: “jai-roe”, “yeer-o”, I don’t care how you pronounce it… I just care that I really wanted to have one!  We have this really great Greek place near where I grew up.  I never actually liked the gyros… hmm something about the meat just wasn’t that tastey to me… BUT HOLY MOLEY! Could I demolish some Tzatziki sauce!  You know that sauce… the yogurt based, cucumber, onion-y, minty goodness that people put on Gyros… SCREW THAT! I ate it on French fries, salads, vegetable wraps.. anything I could!

So tonight I guess I was craving that delicious sauce more than I was the actual Greek sauce. But anyway… Here’s what I came up with and it was great! I loved it more than a real gyro… and the “royal taster” (aka the BF) went back for seconds, which meant it passed his test.

Tzatziki Sauce

¼ cup cucumber, seeded and diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

1- 6oz So Delicious plain Greek Style Yogurt

8 mint leaves, chopped finely

Lemon juice, To Taste

Salt & Pepper

Gyro “Meat”

gardein BBQ skewers or beefless tips (16 chunks thawed), sliced into thinner slices

2 TBS Italian/Garlic Herb salad dressing

1 tsp minced garlic

½ tsp dried oregano

4 mint leaves, chopped

Small handful, red onion, chopped (wow, how very Rachael Ray of me)

Gyro Accessories

Pita Bread

Diced Tomato



Green Bell Pepper

Combine the ingredients for the sauce and let sit, in fridge, while prepping the gyro “meat”.

Combine the marinade for the “meat”, add thinly sliced beef-less tips or bbq skewers (removed from the skewers) mix to coat and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

When ready to eat, cook the “meat” in a pan on med-hi heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Toast, or warm in the microwave with wet towels, the pita bread.

To serve, assemble somewhat like a taco. I love Tzatziki so I put some on the pita first then add the “meat”, lettuce, tomato, onion, and bell pepper and then I put more Tzatziki on top of that!  See below:

YUMMMM!!! We both went back for seconds (annnnnd even went back for thirds on the pita bread smeared with the sauce… )Yes it was that good… don’t judge me!


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