Pronounced like “yee-roh" (Greek for spin) this savory wrap is traditionally filled with a grilled meat (lamb or beef), tzatziki sauce, sliced tomato, and red onion wrapped inside pita bread. The sandwich did not become mass produced like it is now until the 1970s as American tourism quickly made it a fast food. It is now popular in the US especially in New York City. Gyros originate from Greece, however it is believed to be very similar to the Turkish döner kebabs. The term gyro refers to the method the meat is traditionally cooked, rotating vertically on a spit. The Turkish kebabs are cooked in a similar fashion and alike ingredients.
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line deep cooking pan with foil and drizzle oil. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Form ground meat mixture into a loaf (if not using ground meat skip this step) and place into pan.
If deciding to grill skip above step and grill marinated meat to desired doneness.
2. You want to cook your loaf until center reaches recommended temperature for the type of meat you've chosen. This can take roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Slice meat into roughly ¼ inch thick slices, slice red onion and tomato (just as much as you want to add to sandwich). Warm the pita bread and lay down as much tzatziki as desired followed meat, red onion, tomato. Serve immediately!