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Recipe for Homemade Greek Gyro Meat

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It really isn’t the same to use homemade gyro meat in your gyros. However, if you can’t get a hold of the real thing and you want to make gyros at home, this is better than nothing! It tastes much better if you have a rotisserie oven at home. However, you can also cook the mixture in a loaf pan and slice it thin with a sharp knife. Before making the gyros. Note that lamb and pork are more traditional.

Gyro Meat Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground meat (lamb, pork, beef or a mixture)
  • 1 tablespoon dried Greek oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

How to Make Homemade Greek Gyro Meat:

Pulse the onion in a food processor and pulse until pureed. Transfer the onion to a fine mesh strainer and let some of the juice drain. You may need to push on it with a wooden spoon. Return the mixture to the food processor.

Add the garlic and pulse for ten seconds. Add the meat, oregano, salt, and pepper and pulse until all the ingredients are combined. Form the mixture into a the shape of a loaf.

If Baking the Mixture in the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the gyro mixture and place in the center of the oven. Bake until cooked all the way through. This should take 40-45 minutes depending on the oven.

If Using a Rotisserie Oven (Recommended)

Place the meat through the center spit of the rotisserie oven. Cover with aluminum foil to prevent the meat from falling off the spit. Follow the manufacturers instructions for how to cook the meat and for cooking time recommendations.

Let the meat cool for about 15 minutes before slicing to put in the gyros.

PLEASE NOTE: Greek recipes can be slightly different based on a variety of reasons, such as the region of Greece that the recipe is being made in. If you have seen this Greek recipe made another way, please send us an email to greekboston@worldwidegreeks.com and we will evaluate your suggestion. Thanks!

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