August 13th, 2013
The gyro is a commonly known Greek dish consisting of meat, onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce rolled into a pita. The meat is typically roasted on a vertical spit, which rotates in front of a heat source. Each time a gyro is made, the meat is vertically sliced into thin shavings, allowing the next outer layer of the meat to roast. The variety of meat that is commonly used is either lamb or pork. However, veal, pork, and beef are also occasionally used.
Switching the topic back to us, how many of us actually have a vertical spit in our homes? If we were to crave a gyro, would we be forced to venture out to a restaurant? Simply put, no! We can easily make our own gyros at home, using Old Neighborhood Shaved Pork. Sure, it won’t be the exact same thing as meat coming from a vertical spit, but shaved pork is much more convenient to work with, and quicker to prepare.
A recipe for tzatziki sauce is also noted below, but if you want to save yourself some time, then store-bought tzatziki sauce will work as well.
Shaved Pork Gyro (recipe page)
1 1-lb. package of Old Neighborhood Shaved Pork
1 tbsp. oregano
1 tbsp. cumin
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
salt & pepper to taste
tzatziki sauce (see ingredients & recipe below)
1 red onion, sliced
1 tomato, cut into strips
2 containers of Greek yogurt
1 hothouse cucumber, grated (or 2 tbsp.’s worth)
1 tbsp. carrot, grated
½ tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. fresh dill, minced
1 ½ tsp. garlic, minced
½ tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. kosher salt
1. Marinate the Shaved Pork with 1 tbsp. oregano, 1 tbsp. cumin, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, minced garlic clove, salt, and pepper for at least 30 minutes. I left the amount of salt and pepper to your discretion, but if you need a point of reference, I used 1 tsp. salt with 2 tsp. black pepper.
2. If you are making the tzatziki sauce yourself, mix all of the tzatziki ingredients together, and set it aside in the fridge.
3. Prepare the red onions, tomatoes, and lettuce, if you have not previously done so.
4. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. of olive oil. Add the shaved pork.
5. Cook the pork for about 4-5 minutes, or until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
6. In a separate pan, heat ½ tsp. of olive oil. Lightly toast one pita bread.
7. Remove the pita from the pan, and place it on a dish.
8. Remove the tzatziki sauce from the fridge.
9. Place one lettuce leaf in the center of the pita.
Please note: The amount of ingredients added in Steps #10 & #11 is to your discretion, depending on how full you would like each gyro.
10. Add tomato strips, onion slices, and cooked shaved pork.
11. Top with feta cheese and some tzatziki sauce.
12. Fold the sides of the pita towards the center. If desired, wrap the gyro with foil to hold it in place.
13. Repeat Steps 6-12 for each gyro and enjoy!