Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Before this gets lost--gyros

Homemade Pork Gyro Sandwich or Dinner
From Nancy Gaifyllia,
Your Guide to Greek Food.

The way professionals make gyro on an upright rotisserie is fabulous,
but not the most practical for most of us cooking at home. This
version uses the same meat (pork) and seasonings, but has been adapted
to home cooking.

* 2 1/2 pounds of boneless pork loin, shoulder, or fresh ham
* white wine vinegar
* ----------
* Seasoning Mixture:
* 3 tablespoons of salt
* 1 1/2 teaspoons of sweet paprika
* 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon of finely crushed (powdered) Greek oregano (rigani)
* ----------
* For Sandwiches:
* 6 pieces of thin pita bread
* 1/2 cup of tzatziki (see below)
* 1 medium onion, sliced
* 2 tomatoes, sliced
* french fries (optional)
* olive oil


Make the Gyro Meat:

In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, pepper, and oregano.

Slice the meat against the grain as thin as possible and pound with a
meat mallet to less than 1/4-inch thick. In a flat-bottomed container,
arrange one layer of slices, sprinkle liberally with seasoning
mixture, then with a little vinegar. Spread the vinegar over the meat
so that all pieces are moistened. Add layers, spices, and vinegar
until all the meat has been marinated. Cover and refrigerate for 1/2
hour to 2 hours.

Note: If there's any seasoning mix left over, store in an
airtight jar and use again for gyro or as a rub for pork souvlaki.

Make the tzatziki and french fries.

Remove meat from the refrigerator and slice into strips about 1/2 to
3/4 of an inch wide and 2 to 2 1/2 inches long. Dry fry (without any
oil) in a non-stick frying pan until browned and slightly crisp.

Alternate cooking method: Do not cut the meat into strips before
cooking. Cook on the grill until the edges of the meat begin to crisp,
then slice and serve.

Yield: serves 8-10

To Make the Gyro Sandwich: See photos

Brush the pita bread with olive oil and fry in a dry frying pan for a
few minutes until warmed and softened, not crisp.

In the center of each pita:

* spread 1 heaping tablespoon of tzatziki
* add 2-3 slices of tomato
* add sliced onion to taste
* add 1/6th of the gyro meat for each sandwich
* top with french fries (optional)

Twist the gyro sandwich in parchment paper or wax paper and serve.

To Make a Gyro Dinner:

Serve the gyro meat with french fries, tomato and onion slices, and
pita wedges or crusty Greek bread on the side.

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