Beef Gyros

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|by Erica

If you’re a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, then you’ve probably heard of the deliciousness that is a beef gyros. These flavorful and savory sandwiches are a must-try, whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or simply want to indulge your taste buds. So, without further ado, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the best beef gyro right in your own kitchen!

Beef Gyros

Ingredients Needed for This Recipe

For the Beef Gyro Marinade

  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 500g beef steak

For the Potato Fries (optional)

  • 250g waxy potatoes (9 oz)
  • Oil
  • Salt

For the Beef Gyro Pita Wrap

  • 1 x recipe Homemade Pita Bread
  • 1/2 x recipe Authentic Greek Tzatziki
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • Shredded lettuce

Instructions for Making Beef Gyros

Beef Gyro Marinade

Marinate the steak a day ahead. In a dish just big enough to sit the steaks in a single layer, whisk together the lemon juice and zest, garlic cloves, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, honey, paprika, and black pepper.

Add the steaks and rub the marinade into all of the exposed meat. Cover and transfer to the fridge to marinate overnight.

For the Potato Fries

Peel the potatoes and cut them into strips. Toss in a sieve with a generous amount of salt and set aside to drain for 20 minutes.

Heat a couple of inches of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, test the temperature with a chip; it should start bubbling and frying instantly.

Cook the potatoes for roughly 10 minutes until golden, stirring occasionally. Once cooked, remove them from the pan onto a plate lined with kitchen paper and season with salt.

For the Beef Gyro Pita Wrap (Souvlaki)

Heat a non-stick frying pan or a seasoned skillet over high heat and cook the steaks to your liking, a few minutes on each side, ensuring a caramelized crust.

Remove the pan from the heat, thinly slice the steaks, trimming off any excess fat. Return the slices to the pan and coat them in the pan juices.

Spread some tzatziki sauce on the pita breads, top with the beef gyros, slices of red onion, tomato, fries, and lettuce, and wrap.

Serving Suggestions

While the beef gyro is a complete meal in itself, it can be paired with various sides for a more fulfilling experience. Some popular options include a Greek salad, lemon potatoes, or even some extra tzatziki sauce for dipping.

Tips for Perfection

Quality of Meat: Choose a good quality beef steak with a bit of marbling. This fat adds flavor and tenderness to the gyro.

Marinade Matters: Marinate the beef for at least 12 hours. This deepens the flavors and tenderizes the meat.

Balancing Flavors: Adjust the amount of garlic, lemon, and herbs in the marinade according to your taste. Remember, the marinade is key to flavoring the beef.

Cooking the Beef: Ensure your pan is hot before adding the beef. This creates a nice sear and locks in flavors. Don’t overcrowd the pan to allow each piece to cook evenly.

Slicing the Beef: Slice the beef against the grain. This breaks up the muscle fibers and makes the meat more tender.

Homemade Tzatziki: For an authentic touch, prepare your own tzatziki. It’s simple and the fresh taste is unbeatable.

Pita Bread: If possible, use homemade or fresh pita bread. It makes a noticeable difference in the final wrap.

Vegetable Freshness: Use fresh, crisp vegetables for the toppings. They add a necessary crunch and freshness to the gyro.

Frying the Potatoes: If adding fries, fry them until they are golden and crispy for the best texture.

Assembling the Gyro: Don’t overload the pita. Balance the ingredients for each bite. A little bit of each component in every bite makes the perfect gyro.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use chicken instead of beef?

A: Absolutely! Chicken can be a great alternative. Just adjust the cooking time as chicken cooks faster than beef.

Q: How can I make this recipe healthier?

A: To make a healthier version, you can use whole wheat pita bread, skip the fries, and add more vegetables like cucumbers and bell peppers.

Q: What if I don’t have a grill?

A: No problem! You can cook the beef in a skillet or frying pan. Just make sure it’s hot enough to sear the meat.

Q: Can I prepare this dish ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can marinate the beef and prepare the tzatziki sauce ahead of time. However, it’s best to cook the beef and assemble the gyros just before serving.

Q: How do I store leftovers?

A: Store the cooked beef, vegetables, and tzatziki separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Reheat the beef before assembling the gyros again.

Q: Is there a vegetarian alternative?

A: For a vegetarian version, you can use grilled vegetables or a meat substitute like seitan or tempeh in place of beef.

Q: What’s the best way to warm pita bread?

A: You can warm pita bread in a dry skillet, in the oven wrapped in foil, or even in the microwave for a few seconds.

Q: Can I freeze the marinated beef?

A: Yes, you can freeze the marinated beef. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

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