Dinner in Minutes: Easy gyros with tzatziki
Gyros are pita bread sandwiches filled with meat, lettuce, tomatoes and the yogurt sauce tzatziki. They were traditionally made with compressed meat: ground beef or lamb mixed with spices and packed onto a spit that rotates in front of a fire until the meat is cooked. Today, many gyros are made with strips of marinated beef.
Wine columnist Fred Tasker's wine suggestion: The gyro is made of red meat and red wine, so a nice soft red like malbec would go well with it.
Linda Gassenheimer is a food writer for the Miami Herald.
For the sandwich:
1⁄2 pound skirt steak
1⁄2 cup red wine
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For tzatziki sauce:
1⁄2 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
1⁄2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1⁄2 teaspoon dried dill
1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 whole-wheat pita breads
1⁄2 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup shredded lettuce
To prepare the sandwich: Remove the visible fat from the meat and cut it into strips about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Mix the red wine, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, garlic and oregano in a bowl or zipper-seal plastic bag. Add the meat, and let it marinate for 10 minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the meat from the marinade and saute it for 1 minute for rare and 3 minutes for medium. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a plate.
To prepare the tzatziki sauce: Mix the cucumber, yogurt, garlic, dill and 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.
To serve: Warm the pita breads in an oven or toaster oven for 2 to 3 minutes. Cut them in half and open the pockets and place them on a serving plate. Place the meat, tomatoes, lettuce and sauce in separate bowls or on a serving plate so people can help themselves.
Makes 2 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 597 calories, 16 grams fat (5 grams saturated), 73 milligrams cholesterol, 40 grams protein, 80 grams carbohydrates, 11 grams dietary fiber, 688 milligrams sodium
• To save preparation time, use fresh diced tomatoes found in the produce section of the market.
• Lemon juice is used in the marinade and tzatziki sauce. Squeeze at one time and divide accordingly.
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