Gyro

Discussion in 'Q&A With Steven Raichlen' started by koukouvagia, May 27, 2011.

  1. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    I have always been interested in making my own gyro.  We own a spit that we usually use for making our greek easter lamb and I thought it would be a good way to put it to use for making a gyro as well since we don't have a vertical spit.  In Greece the gyro is made from pork, in the US it is made from beef/lamb.  Have you ever made gyro and do you have a recipe for either/both kinds of gyro?
     
  2. steven raichlen

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    To the best of my recollection, I have not published a recipe for gyro, though I have often stood shoulder to shoulder in modest street cafes with Athenians scarfing down this terrific Grecian sandwich. If you own a rotisserie, there is no reason why you can't make a good facsimile of gyro (I prefer the more authentic lamb). I would mix the traditional ingredients (ground lamb, finely minced, drained onion, oregano, etc.), form it into an oblong loaf, then compact it tightly and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight to firm up the meat. Then set your grill up for rotisserie grilling and roast until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Let cool slightly before carving. Serve with my Grilled Olive Tzatziki (see page 190 of Planet Barbecue).
     
  3. phatch

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    I've had to improvise a less authentic method. Make your forcemeat. I like  mix of beef and lamb at about 80%beef 20% lamb. Use a fattier grind for the beef too, not lean. Then season with garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and lemon juice (plus a little zest).

    Pat this out thinly in a rimmed baking sheet, about 1/4 inch thick or somewhat less.  Bake in an oven at about 300 until just cooked through. Let cool and refrigerate still in the rimmed baking sheet. When thoroughly cold, cut it in strips in the pan or unmold and cut in strips, whichever is easiest for you. Then grill the strips to heat through and create that yummy grilled surface. Handle the strips gently as they're very fragile.
     
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  4. koukouvagia

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    Wow thanks, good tips.  I think we'll be having a gyro party this summer. 
     
  5. steven raichlen

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    That's a great theme for a party. I might just steal your idea... :)