Why is it that some of the best food comes from a cart or the side of the road? Street food is a worldwide phenomenon. So much so that tons of T.V. shows have been dedicated to finding the best street food. It’s inspired me to make some of my favorites. Starting with the gyro. Here’s my take on a ground beef gyro. It’s made at home but it really hits the spot.
I decided to make just a couple of my favorites. And I have to tell you I didn’t think it would have been so difficult to narrow down the dishes that made me all warm and fuzzy inside but it was. What I also realized was that a lot of our street food favs are also international dishes. Tacos, potato tornados, or dishes like the doner kebab (which are famous in Turkey as well as Germany) are family favs. The doner kebab is similar to the gyro. And whether chicken, lamb or beef, we love gyros. I’ve been dying to get this recipe right and I think I finally have. It’s one thing to introduce a dish that no one has ever tried before. It’s a completely different thing to try to make a dish that everybody (even the kids) loves.
When feening for Mediterranean food we typically have to head into our old neighborhood. There’s a little cafe with Greek owners. Despite being in the mall, they do a pretty good job of achieving traditional Greek flavors. Now I know I probably wouldn’t be able to make it exactly like theirs. Especially, since they’ve been making this dish for years. But I’ve been experimenting with various mixtures of spices off and on for several years and golly geez I think I’ve got something (maybe not it but something). This mixture is the best of them all. So I’m sharing it with you.
Ground Beef Gyro
Makes 4 servings
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon lemon
- 8 ounces yogurt
- 1/3 cup peeled and finely chopped cucumber
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- squeeze of lemon
- 1 teaspoon of fresh dill (chopped)
- 4 Pita bread
- 2 cups shredded lettuce
- 1 large tomato chopped
- 1 red onion sliced
Finely chopped cucumber and place in a strainer.
Sprinkle cucumber with salt and allow it to sit out for 20 minutes (salt removes some of the water from the cucumber for a better sauce).
Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a blender/ food processor.
Place sauce in fridge.
For the meat filling place onion, garlic and lemon juice in a blender and combine well.
Add onion mixture to meat with the above seasonings.
Mix well and shape into patties.
Cook patties in a pan/ grill over medium high heat for 10 to 12 minutes.
Cut patties into thin slices.
Add beef slices to pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes and onions.
Top with yogurt sauce. And you’re done!!
Feel free to use this combination of spices to make a chicken gyro. We love it when people make and share their food. So share your pics with us.