Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Nothing excites me more than the sound of food trucks honking their horns. It reminds me of growing up on the Border and walking over the bridge into Mexico, and the waft of spices coming from those street vendors was always so intoxicating.  On Friday nights, we’d cross the bridge and walk up and down the Strip with our flautas, gorditas, tacos, and burritos soaking through the flimsy cardboard containers they put them in.  And living in Europe just a couple years later— with all the late night street vendors lined up outside the discothèques—always reminded me of home.  Now, I prefer to know where my meat comes from!  But in all seriousness, I enjoy recreating those street-vendor nights with healthier versions of some of my favorites. My husband and I spread out a picnic, munch on our street food, and watch a little football. Today on The Monday Menu, cook up some street food—Greek style!

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Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
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Serves: 8-10
  • 1 package of pita bread or wraps
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 prewashed carton of arugula
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsps. oregano
  • 3 tbsps. basil
  • 4 tsps. onion powder
  • salt and pepper

    For Tzatziki Sauce
  • 16 oz. of plain yogurt
  • 1 peeled and pitted avocado
  • 1 cucumber (peeled)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tsps. of red wine vinegar
  • 10 mint leaves
  1. Take all the tzatziki sauce ingredients and toss them into a blender.
  2. Pour mixture in a bowl, and refrigerate.
  3. Now, put breadcrumbs in a Ziploc bag, and use a rolling pin to crush them.
  4. Wash arugula, tomatoes, and cilantro.
  5. Cut cherry tomatoes in half, chop up cilantro, and mince garlic.
  6. Put tomatoes, arugula, and cilantro away for toppings.
  7. Take a small bowl and mix together basil, oregano, onion powder, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  8. In a large bowl, take ground beef and knead in crushed breadcrumbs.
  9. Once the crumbs are thoroughly kneaded into the ground beef, begin sprinkling in the spice mixture.
  10. The beef dough should feel worked through.
  11. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Take a cookie sheet and place a large piece of parchment paper on top.
  13. Spread out beef dough evenly, patting it down flat.
  14. Add another large piece of parchment paper on top.
  15. Take the rolling pin, and roll the beef dough out to perfectly fit the cookie sheet, but leave room all around the edges.

    Cooking Instructions
  16. Remove parchment paper from the top, and bake for one hour.
  17. Take it out, and let it cool before you slice up the beef loaf.
  18. Serve the beef slices in a pita or wrap, and add toppings and Tzatziki sauce.

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