One of America’s Favorites – Gyros

June 14, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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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.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – KOFTA KEBABS

June 5, 2019 at 6:03 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – KOFTA KEBABS. Perfect Appetizer or that Main Dish for Dinner. Made using Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Chuck along with Spices, and Shallot. Also they’ve included the recipe for the Tzatziki Sauce with ingredients of; Cucumber, fresh Dill, Cilantro, Garlic, Yogurt, and Lemon Juice. You can find this recipe or purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Ground Chuck along with all the other Wild Idea Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

 

KOFTA KEBABS
Aromatic herbs and the slightly sweet, clean goodness of Wild Idea’s grass-fed/finished Ground Chuck makes for a winning combination. This recipe makes a wonderful appetizer or could also be served as an entrée.

Ingredients:

3 – tablespoons olive oil
1 – pound ground chuck
½ – cup minced shallot
1 – cup chopped parsley
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
½ – teaspoon allspice
1 – teaspoon chili flake
1 – teaspoon cardamom
1 – teaspoon cumin
pinch – paprika
zest – of one lemon
skewers soaked in water

Preparation:

1 – Add two tablespoons olive oil to a bowl and crumble in Ground Chuck and remaining ingredients.
2 – Mix together until well incorporated.
3 – Divide between 16 skewers and form meat around skewer.
4 – Place in the freezer for 1 hour or refrigerate for two plus hours.
In a large skillet over medium high heat add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
5 – Add kebob skewers and brown on each side for 1minute or until meat is browned. Turn and repeat on other side.
6 – Turn kabobs on their edges, leaning first up to edge of pan and lightly brown for 30 seconds. Repeat and do other edge.
7 – Remove from heat and serve.
Accompany Kofta Kebobs with pita bread, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, baby arugula and Tzatziki Sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce

My version of this Middle Eastern favorite dipping sauce. Adjust ingredients to your preference.

½ – cucumber, half peeled, chopped
2 – tablespoons fresh dill
½ – cup cilantro
1 or 2 – cloves garlic
1½ – cups whole fat yogurt
2 – tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation:

*Process cucumber, dill, cilantro and garlic in food processor. *Pour cucumber mixture through cheesecloth lined strainer to remove water. *Transfer solid cucumber mixture to a bowl and add yogurt and lemon juice. Stir to incorporate. *Season to taste. Chill to set.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/kofta-kebabs

Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Greek Turkey Burger

June 16, 2017 at 5:24 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is a Greek Turkey Burger. You’ll be using the JENNIE-O® Turkey Burgers – All White Meat with toppings of Tzatziki Sauce, Bibb Lettuce, Red Onion Slices, Cucumber Slices, fresh Spinach Leaves, and fresh Mint Leaves. You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

Greek Turkey Burger

Opa! A savory, feta-filled turkey burger coated with a cool, tangy cucumber Tzatziki sauce. How can anyone say no to that? It’s the perfect way to spice up grilling season and satisfy your craving for all things Greek.

INGREDIENTS

Tzatziki Sauce:
1 cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup fat-free sour cream
½ cup finely chopped cucumber
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ teaspoon kosher salt, if desired
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, if desired
1 (2-pound) carton JENNIE-O® Turkey Burgers – All White Meat
8 Bibb lettuce leaves
red onion slices
cucumber slices
fresh spinach leaves
fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

1) For Tzatziki Sauce: In small bowl combine yogurt, sour cream, cucumber, mint leaves, salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.
2) Cook turkey burgers as specified on the package. Always cook to well-done, 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer.
3) In lettuce leaf, place turkey burger. Add tzatziki sauce, red onion, cucumber, spinach, mint and Bibb lettuce top.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories370
Protein49g
Carbohydrates11g
Fiber1g
Sugars6g
Fat16g
Cholesterol155mg
Sodium710mg
Saturated Fat5g

https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1148-greek-turkey-burger

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