Well the sun is out, and I wanted to cook something that matches the heat! There’s nothing better then eating delicious food outside when it’s warm, so when I was contacted by Villa Plus to take part in a food competition there was no way I was going to say no! I was given the Island of Kefalonia as inspiration and it didn’t take me long to decide what I was going to make. Gyros is a really tasty Greek street food that is a favourite with my family when we’ve been to Greece, so I thought I would give it a go!
Ingredients (to feed 4 people 2 gyros each)
For the meat
1 pound of minced lamb
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
origano, chile flakes, coriander and paprika to taste.
salt and peper
For the Tzatziki
Cucumber, chopped into cubes
1 cup of greek yogurt greek yogurt
1 garlic clove
2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of dill
3 peppers cut into strips
2 onions cut into strips
All this comes to only £2.35 per person, bargain!
First up, blend all the ingredients for the meat until fairly smooth. Then, moisten your hands and begin compacting it into a ball shape, trying to get rid of any cracks.
Then, shape into a loaf and place in the oven. Cook at 300 degrees F for 30- 35 minuets, then take out and leave to rest for another 10.
While you are waiting you can make a start cutting up the vegetables to go into the wrap. I like to use different coloured peppers to jazz it up and put me in a summery mood!
The Tzatziki is really simple, just mix all the ingredients together! I made lots to go inside and on the side as a dip because it is my favourite part, really refreshing! Yum!
Next, carve the lamb loaf as thin as you can. Then lay on a baking tray and put under the grill for around 5 minuets or until they go slightly crispy on top.
To serve simply place the meat, and veg into a wrap, cover in Tzatziki and serve while it’s still hot for a perfect summer treat!
So what do you think, would you give it a try? Would you like to see me do more recipes? Drop me a comment and let me know!