I have a love affair with Greek Food....particularly Gyros. I LOVE them. When I was a teenager working at the mall, there was a place in the food court that sold Greek Food, and while my girldfriends and co-workers were dashing off to the Hot Dog on a Stick stand, I was heading for the Greek Food. They all thought I was nuts. I knew I was on to something good.
Years later, I decided to start making my own Tzatziki (Yogurt and cucumber sauce). I have perfected my version now, and I really like it on other things besides gyros, but it's certainly my favorite way to use it. My favorite Greek Yogurt to use is the Plain flavor from "Zoi" brand. I find it her locally at Winco, but I'm pretty sure it's available nationwide.
So, I figured there must be some way to make good meat for a gyro. After experimenting with a couple of different techniques without great results, I finally found a wonderful solution! Now, I have nothing against Lamb, but let's face it: it's not the easiest or cheapest meat to find! Especially in a small, ready-to-use form.
Enter Jennie-O Turkey Burgers:
I know...weird, right? But soooo good for gyro meat. With one addition: "Cavender's All Purpose Greek Seasoning".
I've used this seasoning for years. It's one of my favorite ways to cook fresh summer vegetables, with a little butter or oil. It's a great mix of flavors that isn't too salty. I've been able to find it at most grocery stores.
So now I know you're wondering why the ground turkey meat. Isn't it a weird texture? To be honest, this particular brand of turkey burgers are NOT my favorite for when I want a turkey burger. The meat is quite dark and I'm not a fan of the slightly gummy texture. I really like the turkey burgers from Costco. They are white meat and very juicy and flavorful, so they are my go-to favorite for burgers. BUT, for Gyro's, I keep the Jennie-O variety on hand in the freezer.
Ahhhh....now enter my delightful GYRO:
Are you drooling? I am...just thinking about how good they taste makes me salivate. And I can SMELL them, too. Yum.
Okay, Okay...I won't make you wait any longer for the recipe.
Let me know what you think when you try it out. I think you'll be amazed how authentic it tastes!