Gyros are delicious wraps that put meat to excellent use, along with salad and dressing. The dish originates from Greece, where it would traditionally use lamb. Today though, it will often include either pork or chicken or in some cases a mixture of beef and lamb together. The bread is very usually either pita or flatbread, and this will then usually be stuffed with a combination of onion, tomato, tzatziki, and French fries in some cases.
This dish is related to shawarma or tacos al pastor and has its routes in the doner kebab. It has become much more popular today thanks to its ease and convenience, as well as its versatility. This has resulted in it being offered increasingly as street food, which has enjoyed a huge increase in popularity in general in recent times.
In this post, you’re going to learn the 14 easy steps you need to follow to make this delicious wrap, so that you can enjoy it for lunch as a refreshing break from regular sandwiches.
14 steps too many? Don’t worry – not all of these steps are 100% essential and you are free to make some shortcuts such as using shop-bought pita bread if you prefer.
1 Choose Your Meat
As mentioned, the traditional gyro uses lamb. However, this has recently been swapped for pork and chicken in many cases, owing to the greater availability and lower cost of those meats.
It’s up to you to decide which type of meat you want to use, but keep in mind that the meat you choose is going to completely change the taste and nutrition of the meal. Chicken is a little drier and is very lean, but lamb goes particularly well with yogurt and other toppings.
Of course you can also choose to make yours a vegetarian gyro, or you can use a combination of meats – as mentioned it is common to use lamb and beef mixed together which can help to mix the flavor up.
We’re going to move ahead with the rest of this recipe assuming that you will be using diced lamb. This means that you’ll only have to make a few changes if you want to turn the meal into delicious souvlaki as well.