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These are really good served with a small Greek salad (you know, the kind with crumbled feta, kalamata olives, and greek dressing).


Tzatziki Sauce

1 cup greek non fat yogurt
1/2 large cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tlbs fresh dill, chopped
1/2 tlbs fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Put the yogurt in a strainer, lined with a coffee filter and drain in the fridge overnight. Discard liquid.
Peel, seed and grate the cucumber, then drain it. Squeeze the solids in paper towels to extract all the liquid. Finely chop the solids.
Combine drained yogurt, cucumber solids, and remaining ingredients and chill for a few hours to meld the flavors.

Souvlaki
1 1/2 lb lean lamb, cubed in 1-inch chunks
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tlbs fresh oregano
1/2 tlbs fresh thyme
1 tlbs olive oil

Combine everything in a zip top bag and marinate several hours or overnight.

Gyro Assembly
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, seeded and cut in large chunks
6 pieces flat bread (use pita if you can't find flat bread)

Thread the meat on 6 skewers and grill or broil 4 inches from heat until medium.
While the meat is cooking, brush the bread LIGHTLY with olive oil and warm in a skillet, or on the grill until just starting to brown.

Place a skewer of meat on each piece of bread (don't forget to take the stick out!) Divide the sauce among the gyros, and top with onions and tomatoes. Roll up and enjoy a taste of Greece.
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Oh my!!! I have to try this, only problem is I have a hard time finding lamb here. Could I sub with another meat? or would that ruin the taste?
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yummy!! beautiful!! the pictures are just great SS!!
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Oh my!!! I have to try this, only problem is I have a hard time finding lamb here. Could I sub with another meat? or would that ruin the taste?
Kathe, where are you in Florida? I buy it at Costco pretty cheap. I can also get it at Publix, although it's pricey there.

Chicken works well in this. I've never tried beef or pork, but I don't see why they wouldn't be good.
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Oh, you have hit on one of my favorite taste combinations, SS! I love grilled lamb and tzatziki!!!

My mouth was watering as I looked at your pictures!

Lamb is expensive here, too, but I could get some cheap shoulder chops and cut those up for a nice gyro!

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Kathe, where are you in Florida? I buy it at Costco pretty cheap. I can also get it at Publix, although it's pricey there.

Chicken works well in this. I've never tried beef or pork, but I don't see why they wouldn't be good.

Im near Daytona, theres no Costco nearby, but there is a Publix, I never shop there because they are pricey!! I'll check there, thanks!
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Hey Kathe I never talk to you anymore!!!!!! lol

I've done them with pork its tasty
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ahhh, food porn close to my heart!

very nice, ss. now you've got me hungry for a souvlaki. i usually get mine at a greek place on 77th and broadway, but i think i'll make them at home soon with your recipe. thanks!!!

btw, to be technical about it, a gyro is a sammich made from that rotating hunk of mixed ground meats, sliced, and served on a pita with the sauce and veg..

souvlaki is chunks of meat on a skewer, but it's often served on a pita so it would be ok to just call this souvlaki, or souvlaki sandwich.
if i ordered a souvlaki gyro, the guys at the greek joint would ask me to clarify.

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Oh my!!! I have to try this, only problem is I have a hard time finding lamb here. Could I sub with another meat? or would that ruin the taste?
gk, a neat trick is to save the fat from a lamb roast or frenched ribs, then mix it into cubes of marinating beef or pork. the fat gives of a nice lambey flavour to the other meats while not costing you and arm or a leg.
it should only cost the lamb it's leg, lol.
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Hey Kathe I never talk to you anymore!!!!!! lol

I've done them with pork its tasty

Suzi, thats because you are never online anymore
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BT thanks for the tip!!!
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yummy!! beautiful!! the pictures are just great SS!!
I agree with Peep-SS, your culinary (and photographic) skills are impressive indeed!! Nice job!
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