One of America’s Favorites – Gyros

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Gyros sandwiches wraps in Greece, with meat, onions, tomato, lettuce, fries, and tzatziki rolled in a pita

A gyro or gyros pronounced [ˈʝiros]) is a Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Like shawarma and al pastor meat, it is derived from the lamb-based doner kebab. In Greece and Cyprus it is prepared most often with pork or chicken, whilst beef, chicken, and lamb are common in other countries. It is typically served wrapped or stuffed in a pita, along with ingredients such as tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce.

Grilling a vertical spit of stacked meat slices and cutting it off as it cooks was developed in Bursa in the 19th century Ottoman Empire, and called doner kebab (Turkish: döner kebap). Following World War II, doner kebab made with lamb was present in Athens, introduced by immigrants from Anatolia and the Middle East. A distinct Greek variation developed, often made with pork and served with tzatziki sauce, which later became known as gyros.

By 1970, gyros wrapped sandwiches were already a popular fast food in Athens, as well as in Chicago and New York City. At that time, although vertical rotisseries were starting to be mass-produced in the US by Gyros Inc. of Chicago, the stacks of meat were still hand-made.

Gyros plate

According to Margaret Garlic, it was she who first came up with the idea to mass-produce gyros meat cones, after watching a demonstration by a Greek restaurant owner carving gyros on the What’s My Line? television show. She convinced her husband John Garlic, a Jewish former Marine and then Cadillac salesman, of the idea. After obtaining a recipe from a Greek chef in Chicago, the couple rented a space in a sausage plant in Milwaukee and began operating the world’s first assembly line producing gyros meat from beef and lamb trimmings, in the early 1970s. The Garlics later sold their business to Gyros Inc., which along with Central Gyros Wholesale, and Kronos Foods, Inc, also of Chicago, began large-scale production in the mid-1970s.

 

The name comes from the Greek γύρος (gyros, ‘circle’ or ‘turn’), and is a calque of the Turkish word döner, from dönmek, also meaning “turn”. It was originally called ντονέρ (pronounced [doˈner]) in Greece. The word ντονέρ was criticized in mid-1970s Greece for being Turkish. The word gyro or gyros was already in use in English by at least 1970, and along with γύρος in Greek, eventually came to replace doner kebab for the Greek version of the dish. Some Greek restaurants in the US, such as the Syntagma Square in New York City—which can be seen briefly in the 1976 film Taxi Driver—continued to use both doner kebab and gyros to refer to the same dish, in the 1970s.

 

In Greece, gyros is normally made with pork, though other meats are also used. Chicken is common, and lamb or beef may be found more rarely. Typical American mass-produced gyros are made with finely ground beef mixed with lamb.

Gyros preparation

For hand-made gyros, meat is cut into approximately round, thin, flat slices, which are then stacked on a spit and seasoned. Fat trimmings are usually interspersed. Spices may include cumin, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and others. The pieces of meat, in the shape of an inverted cone, are placed on a tall vertical rotisserie, which turns slowly in front of a source of heat or broiler. As the cone cooks, lower parts are basted with the juices running off the upper parts. The outside of the meat is sliced vertically in thin, crisp shavings when done.

The rate of roasting can be adjusted by varying the intensity of the heat, the distance between the heat and the meat, and the speed of spit rotation, thus allowing the cook to adjust for varying rates of consumption.

In Greece it is customarily served in an oiled, lightly grilled piece of pita, rolled up with sliced tomatoes, chopped onions, lettuce, and french fries, topped with tzatziki sauce or, sometimes in northern Greece, ketchup or mustard.

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Greek Turkey Pita Wedges

April 4, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is Greek Turkey Pita Wedges. Some of the Ingredients you’ll be needing are Pita Bread,  JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Green Bell Pepper, Tomato, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, Fresh Mint, and more! The recipe is 230 calories and 12 net carbs per serving. You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Stay Safe and Make the SWITCH in 2021!   https://www.jennieo.com/

Greek Turkey Pita Wedges
A fruit and cheese appetizer recipe that’ll get any palate primed for the main course. Greek Turkey Pita Wedges are a brilliant combination of savory, sweet and crispy that’s ready in under 15 minutes.
Total Time – 30 Minutes
Serving Size – 8 Servings

Ingredients
6 pita breads, each cut into 6 wedges
¼ cup olive oil
garlic salt, if desired
2 cups chopped JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 tomato, finely diced
¼ cup finely diced red onion
¼ cup PELOPONNESE® pitted kalamata olives, cut into slivers
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions
1) Heat oven to 375°F. Arrange pita bread on baking sheet.

2) Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt, if desired. Bake 10 minutes or until crisp.

3) In medium bowl, combine turkey, green bell pepper, tomato, red onion and olives. Gently stir in cheese, parsley, mint and lemon juice. Top pita wedges with turkey mixture.

Nutritional Information Calories 230
Fat 11g
Protein 20g
Cholesterol 45mg
Carbohydrates 14g
Sodium 320mg
Fiber 2g
Saturated Fat 3g
Sugars 1g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/greek-turkey-pita-wedges/

Snack Time Pita Panini

July 18, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have a 2nd delicious Appetizer Recipe to pass along to all of you, Snack Time Pita Panini. This one is made using Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter, 1/3 Les Fat Cream Cheese, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, Fat Free Plain Yogurt, Ground Cinnamon, Roasted Peanuts, Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, Raisins, Pita Bread, Banana, and Margarine. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Snack Time Pita Panini
The kids can help mix together the peanut butter, chocolate chip and raisin filling, then let them fill the pita breads and add slices of banana before cooking these snack time treats.

Recipe Ingredients:
6 tablespoons reduced fat creamy-style peanut butter
3 ounces 1/3 less fat cream cheese
1/4 cup Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend
2 tablespoons fat free plain yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons chopped, roasted peanuts
4 teaspoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
4 small (4 inch) pita breads, halved
1 large banana, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon margarine, melted

Cooking Directions:
1 – Mix peanut butter, cream cheese, Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend, yogurt and cinnamon, together in a medium size bowl until well blended.
2 – Stir in the chopped peanuts, chocolate chips and raisins.
3 – Spread the peanut butter mixture inside the pita pockets. Add the banana and brush the outside of the pockets with the melted margarine.
4 – Cook 2 minutes per side in a large skillet or griddle.
Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories 220 | Calories from Fat 80 | Fat 9g (sat 2.5g) | Cholesterol 5mg | Sodium 230mg | Carbohydrates 29g | Fiber 2g | Sugars 16g | Protein 7g.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/snack_time_pita_panini_recipe.html

Turkey Pita Pizza

May 8, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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For this week’s 2nd Jennie – O Turkey Recipe I have a Turkey Pita Pizza. This one is made using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast, Pita Bread, Olive Oil, Garlic Cloves Mozzarella Cheese, Yellow Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Ground Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Basil Leaves. Its Pizza on a Pita! You can find this recipe along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes at the Jennie – O Turkey website. Enjoy and Make the Switch in 2020! https://www.jennieo.com/

Turkey Pita Pizza
These fresh and crispy personal pita pizzas are a quick way to grill up Mediterranean flavors without a lot of work. Just ten minutes of prep time gets you this creative weeknight dinner.

INGREDIENTS
½ (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
4 pita bread
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
1 small yellow pepper, thinly sliced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup loosely packed small basil leaves

DIRECTIONS
1) Cook turkey as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Heat grill to medium-low. Brush both sides of each pita bread with oil. Sprinkle with garlic. Top with mozzarella cheese, turkey, yellow pepper, tomatoes, ground pepper, red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.
2) Place pitas on preheated, greased grill. Cook, with lid closed, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is crisp. Sprinkle with basil leaves.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 330
Protein 27g
Carbohydrates 23g
Fiber 4g
Sugars 2g
Fat 16g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 420mg
Saturated Fat 5g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/526-turkey-pita-pizza

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 8, 2020 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Pita Bread……………….

This moist, light and flat bread could be made of both refined as well as whole wheat flour. Apart from being low in calories, it is also a rich source of protein and carbohydrate and contains adequate amount of vitamin B, selenium and manganese that work together as antioxidants.

Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread

April 7, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread. Find some Delicious and Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread with recipes including Curry-Cashew Turkey Salad Sandwiches, Shrimp and Pepper Kebabs with Grilled Red Onion Slaw, and Ratatouille Dip. I love Pita Bread, you can use it so many ways! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread
Find healthy, delicious recipes with pita bread, such as recipes for pita pockets, pita pizza and pita chips from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Curry-Cashew Turkey Salad Sandwiches
Hot curry powder (sometimes labeled as Madras curry powder) gives this healthy sandwich a kick. For a mellower flavor, you can use regular or mild curry powder in its place…………………….

Shrimp and Pepper Kebabs with Grilled Red Onion Slaw
These healthy grilled shrimp and mini bell pepper kebabs come together in just 30 minutes, so they’re great for weeknight dinners. A bag of coleslaw mix is a time-saving meal starter. Here, we make it our own by mixing in grilled red onion and crushed pita chips. A homemade herb-feta dressing both coats the slaw and sauces the kebabs……………………

Ratatouille Dip
Ratatouille is normally served as a main dish but here it’s served with pita chips and enjoyed as an appetizer. It’s made in the slow cooker so if you’re serving it at a party just leave it in the cooker on warm while your guests dig in!……………………………….

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18100/ingredients/pita-bread/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – OVEN-ROASTED FALAFEL

August 5, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a OVEN-ROASTED FALAFEL. Some of the the ingredients you’ll be using are; Chickpeas, Onion, Garlic Cloves, Herbs, Spices, Pita Bread, more! This recipe can be found at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website where you can find a huge selection of Delicious and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

OVEN-ROASTED FALAFEL

Ingredients

1 (19-oz/540 mL) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 small onion, chopped
2-4 garlic cloves, peeled
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (30 mL)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (30 mL)
1 tsp ground cumin (5 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
pinch dried chili flakes
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (plus extra, if needed) (60 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
canola oil for cooking
fresh pitas, tzatziki, chopped cucumber, tomatoes and red onion accompaniments

Directions

1 – Preheat oven to 425F (220C).
2 – Place chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, salt, and chili flakes in bowl of food processor and pulse until combined but still chunky.
3 – Add flour and baking powder and pulse until it turns into soft mixture that you can roll into balls without sticking to your hands. (Add another spoonful of flour if it seems too sticky.)
4 – Roll dough into meatball-sized balls and gently flatten each into little patty.
5 – Place patties on heavy-rimmed baking sheet, preferably one that’s dark in color. Brush each patty with canola oil, flip them over and brush other side.
6 – Roast for 15 minutes, then flip them over and roast for another 10 minutes, until crisp and golden on both sides.
7 – Serve warm, wrapped in pitas, with tzatziki, chopped cucumber, tomatoes and red onion.
NOTES:
Falafel, crispy vegetarian patties made of chickpeas, garlic, onion and spices make an easy, inexpensive dinner or unique party food – serve small falafel balls with tzatziki for dipping.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 20 falafel patties.Serving size: 3 falafels.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING:
Calories: 180
Fat: 6 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Sodium: 150 milligrams
Protein: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipe/oven-roasted-falafel

Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread

August 11, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread. Delicious and Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread like; Mediterranean Pita Melts, Eggplant Gyros, and Tabbouleh, Hummus and Pita Plate. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread
Find healthy, delicious recipes with pita bread, such as recipes for pita pockets, pita pizza and pita chips from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mediterranean Pita Melts
Feta cheese, cucumber, and mint add new flavor to the Mediterranean Meatballs used in this quick-and-easy main dish………

Eggplant Gyros
Eggplant’s meaty texture is a delicious vegetarian stand-in for the lamb that typically fills a gyro sandwich. The vegetable absorbs the lemony-herby-spicy marinade like a sponge, so if you have time, let it marinate for the full day………..

Tabbouleh, Hummus and Pita Plate
This Mediterranean-inspired vegan picnic dinner features traditional fare like tabbouleh, hummus, olives and fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s perfect to pack and take along or even to serve as an easy, healthy meal at home……….

* Click the link to get all the Healthy Recipes with Pita Bread
http://www.eatingwell.com/search/results/?wt=Healthy%20Recipes%20with%20Pita%20Bread&sort=re

Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burger

July 27, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products | 2 Comments
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For a second Burger selection I’vg got another good one from the Jennie – O Turkey website, Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burger. You’ll be using JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast for this recipe. Seasoned with Paprika, Cinnamon, Cumin and Lemon Juice stuffed into a Soft Pita with Yogurt and Roasted Tomatoes. Let the feast begin! You can find this recipe at the Jennie – O Turkey website along with all the other Delicious and Healthy Recipes. Enjoy and Make the SWITCH in 2018! https://www.jennieo.com/

Moroccan Spiced Turkey Burger
Take your taste buds on a north African vacation. Ground turkey spiced with paprika, cinnamon, cumin and lemon juice stuffed into a soft pita with yogurt and roasted tomatoes. Under 300 calories per serving!

INGREDIENTS
2 cups red and yellow cherry tomatoes
oil for drizzling
1 small red onion, peeled and cut into 4 even circular slices
1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 (6-inch) whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved and split
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup baby arugula
1 teaspoon paprika
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1½ tablespoons lemon juice

DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat grill for medium-high heat. Heat oven to 450°.
2) Place cherry tomatoes on parchment paper baking sheet and lightly drizzle with oil. Roast 6 minutes or until tomatoes blister. Grill onion 5 to 6 minutes or until slightly charred and tender turning once. Remove from grill and reserve.
3) In large bowl, combine turkey, cumin, paprika, cinnamon and garlic; mix well. Portion turkey into 4 patties. Cook burgers as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Let burgers rest 5 minutes before cutting into quarters.
4) In small bowl, combine yogurt, cilantro, parsley and lemon juice; mix well. To serve, place burger inside pita bread half. Add onions, tomatoes and baby arugula. Drizzle yogurt sauce in each pita.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING

Calories 240
Protein 32g
Carbohydrates 24g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 250mg
Saturated Fat 1g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/473-moroccan-spiced-turkey-burger

The Sunday Pizza – Greek Turkey Pita Wedges

February 14, 2016 at 5:56 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products, Sunday Pizza | Leave a comment
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This week’s Sunday Pizza is Greek Turkey Pita Wedges. Using Pita Bread and topping it with the JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. Other toppings include Onion, Olives, Feta Cheese, and Mint. You can find this recipe on the Jennie – O website along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes. https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Greek Turkey Pita WedgesGreek Turkey Pita Wedges

Ingredients
6 pita breads, each cut into 6 wedges
¼ cup olive oil
garlic salt, if desired
2 cups chopped JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 tomato, finely diced
¼ cup finely diced red onion
¼ cup PELOPONNESE® pitted kalamata olives, cut into slivers
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Directions
1 – Heat oven to 375°F. Arrange pita bread on baking sheet.

2 – Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt, if desired. Bake 10 minutes or until crisp.

3 – In medium bowl, combine turkey, green bell pepper, tomato, red onion and olives. Gently stir in cheese, parsley, mint and lemon juice. Top pita wedges with turkey mixture.

Nutritional InformationJennie O Make the Switch
Calories 230 Fat 11g
Protein 20g Cholesterol 45mg
Carbohydrates 14g Sodium 320mg
Fiber 2g Saturated Fat 3g
Sugars 1g

https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/241-Greek-Turkey-Pita-Wedges

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