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Gyro sliders and Greek Salad

jcam222

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I had a lot of lamb leftovers from the leg I did sous vide this past weekend. After a couple meals of it with chimichurri it was time to repurpose some. My wife had to fast for 24 hours for a routine medical test (read colonoscopy ) so I wanted to make something for her she would love. I know she loves Greek salads so I decided to convert the lamb into a Greek style dish as well.

So here we go. First up I made a gyro spice mix, 2 tbsp dark chili, 1 tbsp ground coriander, 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp dried parsley, 2 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tbsp salt. Sliced the lamb all up in nice little bite sized pieces and got out the avocado oil to get things cooking.
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Got things going in the cast iron skillet. As I have mentioned in other posts I have really grown to prefer my cast iron skillet over all our other high end fancy pans. Poured in a bit of avocado oil , threw in the lamb and hit it liberally with the seasoning mix.


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Cooked until I had a nice crust of spices and oil on all of the meat. Of course I had to sample a little here and it was pretty darn good!
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All this prep work is being done a day ahead of time to throw the meal together quickly the next night so setting the lamb aside I turned my attention next to the tzatziki sauce. I made a more keto friendly version by using a recipe based on sour cream instead of greek yogurt. You could easily use either for this. Ingredients for this are 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup peeled and grated cucumber, 2 cloves of garlic minced, 1 tbsp dried dill weed, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp. avocado oil (can use olive) and a pinch or two of salt to taste. I used a couple pinches of Himalayan pink salt.
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Here is the sauce finished. It is pretty important on this to let the flavors marry overnight.

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Next up is a quick homemade Greek salad dressing. I didn't remember to capture a pic of the ingredients so here is a pretty non photogenic pic of the finished dressing lol. This is a very basic dressing 1/2 cup olive or avocado oil, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 1 lemon juiced, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper. I just measured it all into a small Mason jar and shook it up. We use Mason jars for a lot of dressings like this.
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Last bit of prep work I captured was to make some Greek chaffles. We use chaffles as substitutes for many buns due our keto eating lifestyle. I though these would make perfect little mini gyro wraps for the gyro sliders. Ingredients are 2 eggs, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1 cup of finely chopped fresh spinach, and 1/2 cup of feta.
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Next step is straight forward, mix it all up and voila this is the batter. I forgot to capture a pic of them cooking them in the mine waffle maker. This recipe makes 4 to 5 chaffles. I will say this was one of the more difficult chaffle batters I have worked with but they were very delicious. Next time I will add some of the gyro spice mix to them as well. Below are pics of the batter and then a few of the finished chaffles.
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Last step was to throw together a Greek salad. I somehow forgot a pic of the bowl of salad. Pretty simple stuff. Romaine lettuce, red onion, halved heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber , kalamata olives and feta cheese. So roll the clock forward to the next day.......................

Added the salad, drizzled on some of the dressing and dusted it with a little oregano. The lamb was warmed up as were the chaffles to make them pliable again. Spread the tzatziki on the chaffles, piled a little lamb on each and then topped that with some capers. Threw a lemon in to squeeze on the salad and gyro sliders.
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Well thats it thanks for looking!! More leftovers avoid the garbage lol :)
 

Steve H

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Very, very creative. I like this. Point to you sir.
 

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that is awesome, I buy at least 5lbs of lamb/beef gyro meat shaved and make gyro's or gyro salads at least once a week. I also make a sour cream based cucumber/dill salad to save carbs. I really want to try your "waffle" recipe, I think that will be much better than the low carb wraps I currently use - Thanks!
 

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Looks great! Awesome step by step thread. Gyros are not something we do around here but I may have to change that after seeing your post. That salad looks amazing!
 

gmc2003

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That looks wonderful Jeff, I bet the wife appreciated both the effort and flavors.

Point for sure
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Beautiful meal Jeff!! I ate Gyros all the time when I was younger and absolutely loved them. It's been a while since having one though. As with a few other folks, I may have to change that. Had a little Greek restaurant just down the street when we lived in our previous house and any time Tracy wasn't going to be home for dinner, that's where I went. I didn't even have to order. I just walked in the door, they brought me a beer, an got the Gyro going. It's just a bit too far now to go for dinner.

Congrats on the carousel ride!! Beautiful presentation and much deserved. Was pretty creative too!!

Robert
 

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Awesome jpb great meal. Just wish I had been close enough to grab some.

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jcam, Awesome dish! I just bookmarked your recipe and on my list to try... May be this weekend. Thank you for sharing....
 

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That's a beautiful meal! Looked like a lot of work, it's great when everything comes together like that. Like, RAY
 

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Damn Jeff that is simply outstanding! Beautiful presentation and the ahead of time prep work is great! You nailed it on this one. I could eat that for dinner every night this week and never get tired of it. Big points my friend!
 

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Wonderful looking meal!!
Al
 

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Looks Awesome!!
Too much work for me, but I'd certainly Eat Some!!
Nice Job!
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Jeff everything about that screams to me to be eaten. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a gyro.

Everything looks awesome! Congrats on the carousel ride.
 

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Jeff this looks incredible! We are huge greek/middle eastern foodies, and I actually made some venison "gyro meat" that will work perfectly for this! Love the no carb pitas too...very intriguing!
 

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