Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My Version of Faux Gyros

A few months ago, I saw a post on the Tasty Kitchen blog with a recipe for faking your own gyro sandwiches. This is my version, and it's definitely one of my "go-to" 20 minute dinner recipes!

Sorry these pics are oddly colored, I was cooking dinner and it gets dark so early now!

Ingredients: (serves 2 people and a toddler)
3 thick slices of deli roast beef, just under a pound
pita pockets
romaine lettuce
fresh diced tomatoes (there were no good ones at the grocery so I just left it out this time)
feta (optional)
1/2 of a diced cucumber
3 T. diced onion
1 c. plain Greek yogurt
lemon juice
1T. dill (fresh or dried, I buy those tubes of fresh herbs! Such a cheap substitute!)
cooking oil
onion powder
garlic powder
chili powder

Start by making the tzatziki sauce. Combine yogurt, dill, a couple of T of lemon juice, and the diced onion in a food processor or blender (I use an immersion blender). Remove from blender and add the diced cucumbers. Salt to taste. Set aside the tzatziki so it can get even more delicious and get started on the gyro meat.

Take the deli roast beef and cut into slices. (this is just enough for one, my hubby was busy at work!)

Heat a little cooking oil (only about a tsp) in a non stick skillet. Add the roast beef.

Add to the beef a dash of lemon juice
1/2 tsp each of cumin and paprika
1/4 tsp each of garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and oregano 
1/8 tsp coriander
black pepper to taste  (wait until it's done before you salt, sometimes deli meat is very salty)

Cook on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring often until the meat "gets a little color on it" and has a bit of crispness to it. (without being burned)

Toast the pita bread, spread pitas with a little tzatziki, add the meat, lettuce, tomato, feta and drizzle with more tzatziki. Yummy, yum, yum!!

I added some crispy, waffle fries! Baby P liked it too.


  1. looks delish! Are those Chick-fil-A fries?? :)

  2. It was super delish, those are just the "Ore Ida" frozen waffle fries. Try them if you haven't already!