Getting my Greek on.

by debi9kids on July 19, 2012

I’m pretty sure I have mentioned before that I am a Food Network junkie.
I get some of my best and favorite recipes from shows I watch almost religiously on that network and recently we tried The Sandwich King, Jeff Mauro’s Greek Taco.
Let me tell you,
it was a little bit of everything I love:
Mediterranean flavors, fresh ingredients, and a sandwich.
Who could ask for more?
And Oh My Gosh!
Delicious!

So, I had to share.
Had to 🙂

Greek Taco (Gyro)

Feta Mint Tzatziki:

1 cucumber
Salt
1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint

To prepare:
grate cucumber in food processor.
Salt cucumber & strain in cheesecloth (or layered paper towels)Combine remaining ingredients together.Sample, of course. (Hey. You need to make sure it tastes perfect, right?)Chill until ready to serve.
* I added a little dill because, well, I like dill 🙂

Cucumber Tomato Relish:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 firm tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 English cucumber, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Freshly ground black pepper

To prepare:
Dice cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions and place in a bowl.Toss with olive oil and red wine vinegar.Refrigerate.
* I completely forgot to sprinkle with black pepper. Oops!

Lamb:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds ground lamb
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 red onion, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry red wine

Heat oil in a pan. Add lamb (or 50/50 lamb and beef mixture like we used). Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat.
When cooked, removed meat, but reserve juices.
Add onions to meat juice and saute until soft.
Season with oregano and garlic.
Add tomato paste and cook until caramelized.
Deglaze with red wine and add meat back to the mixture.

The smell… Oh! My! Word!
It’s like being back at the Greek Festival in NJ all over again.

To prepare the Gyro:
Take a pita and load on some meat.
Top with tzatziki and relish.
Enjoy!

Trust me when I say, it is worth the trouble to make your own.

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Life with Kaishon July 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Did I ever tell you that I think you are the most amazing person in the world! WOW! These look scrumptious!

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debi9kids July 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Nothing too amazing about me. But thank you for thinking it 😉
PS They are SO good and sure do beat getting one at the local diner.

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Barbara Manatee July 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Your food posts always make me drool!!! Those look so yummy!

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