Super Simple Greek Gyro

Growing up I loved Oreos. I do not use the word loved lightly either. My madre always kept them in a pink glass jar on the very top shelf in the cabinet. The jar was exactly large enough to hold an entire package of Oreos minus one, because obviously you must eat one while unpacking them. My mother’s attempt to hide my beloved Oreos only turned me into kitchen-climbing-ninja-monkey. I’m a total pro at scaling cabinets, pantries, the dairy case at the grocery store… You name it, my petite stature does not keep me away from my goodies!

Of course, that was until one day I sank about 12 Oreos in a glass of milk and ate myself sick. My sweet, crumbly, chocolatey cookies never quite had the same appeal. Eventually the longing for Oreos went away almost completely. Every now and then I like to enjoy a few crumbled Oreos on my coffee gelato, but that’s about as far as it goes.

It seems that in my life in general I have this same over indulgence issue. I get super excited about a new food or project, but then I burn out fast. I think it’s just my personality, to go all in. Then I wind up bored, restless and ready for the next big thing. As I get older, I find this happening less and less. I still get super excited, but I’m better at gauging my expectations and knowing what will ultimately leave me satisfied time and time again.

And what leaves me satisfied time and time again? Greek food. It’s true. It’s so good, healthy, filling and brings in some unique, fresh flavors. After a week hiatus , I was eager to get back in the kitchen, my happy place. And what better welcome back meal than a semi-homemade gyro.

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Best thing about this recipe, it’s quick, healthy and a lot of the ingredients can be bought fresh, but already prepared. This is perfect for those of you wanting to try your hand at a simple weeknight meal.

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For this recipe, you’ll need:
1 1/2 lbs thinly cut beef or lamb
Naan
Marinated kalamata olives and feta (in the fine cheese case)
Cucumber
Red onion
Hummus
1 teaspoon of each: kosher salt, ground mustard, cayenne, coriander
1/4 teaspoon all spice

Whisk dry spices together.

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Massage the spices evenly into all sides of the meat.

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Heat in a skillet over medium high heat.

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Cook 2-3 minutes on each side. Since the meat is thin, it should cook quickly.

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At an angle, thinly slice the meat into strips.

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Load up the naan with your favorite hummus , then stack on the beef, cucumber, onions, olives and feta.

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Now dig into your hearty Greek gyro that took you about 20 minutes start to finish to make!

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Hummus

I’ve been wanting to make homemade hummus for a while now but wasn’t sure which direction to go in. My friend Lauren Pou made some one night that had sweet potato in it. It was delicious and the sweet potato adds flavor and keeps it moist without tons of olive oil. I mean the girl has super toned legs and glowing skin… I’ll have what she’s having. Thanks Pou for the idea!

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You’ll need:
1 can of chickpeas
1 sweet potato
Garlic
Olive oil
Kosher salt

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Dump the chickpeas in a colander and rinse all that weird liquid they come in off.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Slice the sweet potato in half and place flesh side down on a pan lined with foil. Drizzle a little olive oil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so to soften the potato.

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Meanwhile, do a rough chop of about 4-5 cloves of garlic.

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After the sweet potato is done, chop it up into chunks.

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Get your olive oil and salt handy.

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Now let’s move everything into the food processor. A blender works too. You might have to do this in batches. Add sweet potato chunks, chickpeas, garlic and salt to each batch. Add 1-2 tablespoons as needed to blend.

This is kind of a process and depending on your mixing device might take some patience.

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Do a little taste test after you mix your batches and see if it needs salt or olive oil.

Once your satisfied with the taste it’s time to serve!

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I served my sweet potato hummus with garlic naan. Yum!

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Works great as an appetizer and will keep in the fridge for a few days if you don’t finish it all.

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Enjoy!

Tarbouch

I love this little place! It’s a great Lebanese place right off of Oltorf and South Congress in my neighborhood. I fell in love with gyros while living in Spain (random) and hummus is pretty much a staple in my diet. I had to share with yall one my favorite take-out (or dine in) spots in Travis Heights!

To check out Tarbouch click here.

I (almost) always get the gyro plate. It comes with a side salad and hummus, heck yea!

Can’t get enough of that tzatziki sauce!

Roll it up and eat up! Yumo!